OCAP Meal and March on Financial District
As part of the Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario Province-Wide Day of Action
For years, they have been telling us no money exists for decent wages, proper housing, childcare, education or health care and, certainly, no money to ensure that poor people on assistance can pay the rent and eat properly. Yet when the banks and corporations ask for help, public money
suddenly becomes available to them. Money that lines the pockets of CEO's while thousands are laid off, forced in to precarious work, or living in total poverty.
For poor people in Ontario, this economic crisis has rubbed salt in our wounds. We've been living with too little for far too long.
This downturn is unfolding in a context where social supports have already been cut back and devastated. All three levels of government have made clear they will not put resources into social programs crucial to our survival. In fact, as the downturn cuts into revenues, governments will likely try to cut vital programs in order to balance their books.
As this system moves into crisis, those in power move to profit once again at our expense. This is capitalism's crisis - they broke it, and we’re not paying to fix it!
For the needs of poor and working class people, nothing will be provided unless we fight together.
We should not wait for a corrupt and brutal system to fix itself, we should organize and fight to win real and just demands.
Join us on Thursday, November 5th!
-Affordable and Accessible Housing: immediate increase to social
housing and access to proper shelter supports
-Decent Income: immediate increase to Social Assistance by 40%,
immediate increase to (Un)Employment Insurance and Minimum Wage
-Status for all immigrants and refugees: access to services without fear
-Justice For First Nations: stop economic warfare and recognize
-Affordable and Accessible Education
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