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Raise the Rates March on Liberal Convention – GET ON THE BUS!!

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Poverty Makes Us Sick is organizing free buses from both Kitchener AND Ottawa!

STOP THE LIBERAL WAR ON THE POOR
Raise the Rates March to the Ontario Liberal Party Convention

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Metro Hall, Toronto
Meal, rally and march (beginning at 1pm)

Free bus leaving from Kitchener City Hall (Duke & College) at 11am sharp, returning by 7pm*

Free bus leaving Ottawa from Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave.) at 8am sharp, returning by 9pm*

Kathleen Wynne is every inch a Liberal. She talks about poverty reduction while imposing deeper poverty on communities. She has been a leading member of the Government all along while social assistance (OW and ODSP) rates have lost even more of their spending power. She was a cabinet minister while the minimum wage was frozen, while the Special Diet was slashed and while the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit was being eliminated. There is no question that the Liberals added their own misery to the brutal cuts that the Harris Tories imposed in 1995. Today a single person on Ontario Works is expected to survive on just $626 a month, while rent and cost of living continues to rise beyond reach.

As we head into another round of provincial elections in the spring, we will not be swayed by fake gestures and empty rhetoric from any politicians.

We’re going to march on the Convention to demand from all parties:
– Raise OW and ODSP 55% to restore the spending power lost since 1995!
– Provide a $14 an hour minimum wage fully indexed to inflation!
– Fully restore the Special Diet and Community Start Up Benefits!
– No merger of OW and ODSP, stop the attack on Disability benefits!

*Bagged lunches provided on the bus.  Ensuring this event is accessible to all is a priority – contact us to discuss details.

For more Information or to get on the bus, email forspecialdiet@gmail.com or find us at www.facebook.com/groups/PovertyMakesUsSick/.

 

Organized and Endorsed by: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty, Kingston Coalition Against Poverty, Poverty Makes Us Sick Waterloo Region, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, Parkdale Against Poverty, CUPE – Ontario, OPSEU, and more!

 

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September 17th Raise the Rate Rally and Court Support Report-Back

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Our Community Responds to Attempts to Demobilize Resistance

MPP John Milloy’s office partnered with provincial prosecutors in Kitchener in an abuse of power aimed at disrupting our successful and ongoing mobilizing around the Raise the Rates campaign (see background).  With an amazing community response, a rally and court support event demonstrated that when it comes to disruption, our skills far exceed those of the local powers.

Following an uplifting meal and concert at Speakers Corner and a lively march to Regional Council and the police station, a sizable group marched right on into the tiny court house.  A large contingent of police, soft-tops, private security and detectives barred the mobs entry into the courtroom itself but disruption, speeches and chants could be heard by Ian and Julian throughout the closed door session.  The courtroom reverberated with resistance.

Julian Ichim of the SPOT Collective and Ian Stumpf of Poverty Makes Us Sick brought legal proceedings to a close in a manner of their own choosing.  There will be no trial, no fine and no inclusion of the irresponsible and ridiculous claims of hostage taking in the record of the proceedings.

Thanks to all who attended and gave energy to this day of action.  We are honoured to have received statements of support from Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty, Kingston Coalition Against Poverty, Ontario Federation of Labour, Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance, Alliance Against Poverty and Common Cause KW.

We look forward to the Raise the Rates week of action, October 14-22!

Our Allies in Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty face two upcoming court dates for ‘trespassing’ tickets received during our joint struggle to save the CSUMB.  The S-CAP 11 are due in court October 28 and 31st.  More to come on this situation.

More photos from the September 17th Raise the Rates Rally and Court Support Action:

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Janice Lee, Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Activist : janicejolee.ca/

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Encouraging Regional Council to Resist the Downloading of the Responsibilities of CSUMB

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Julian speaking at the police station (division one)

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At the Court House – the old County Gaol.  Behind those doors disorder reclaimed the foyer.

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125 folks shared in a meal and concert.  Approximately 45 marched.  Our contributions are but a small piece of the amazing resistance taking place across Ontario.  We stand by Dr Wong and celebrate him for the enormous sacrifice he has made to improve the lives of so many suffering the injustices of social assistance in Ontario.

As Julian mentioned on the steps of the courthouse after the hearing, he is in court again on Monday, September 30th, facing serious charges based on his blog posts reflecting on the pre-G20 infiltration of KW activist networks.  Here is a brief video about Julian and his upcoming trial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTWqQvH8VCM.

PMUS Court Support & Raise the Rates Rally/March – September 17th – SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE!
On Tuesday, September 17th, Ian of Poverty Makes Us Sick begins his pre-trial hearing for the actions taken locally to restore the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit. Come out on the 17th to support Ian, to make sure the powers know that active resistance to the austerity attacks on the poor continues, and to demand that the CSUMB be fully restored. There will be rally outside the courthouse and a march, as well as court support opportunities inside.

MORE DETAILED INFO TO COME

Join us on Facebook and invite your friends to the event:  http://www.facebook.com/events/158378684353230/
Twitter:  @kwpmus

Our actions were a small contribution to the fight against austerity in Ontario.  Dr. Roland Wong has made an enormous difference in the lives of thousands in the province and remains steadfast in his resolve to promote health for all despite being targeted for his actions.  Let’s continue to stand in solidarity with him!

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