Sid Tan says:
Pantages – Pidgin and Beyond! with Jean Swanson & Sid Chow Tan
Stopping Gentrification of the Downtown Eastside!
Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueum, and Squamish nations territory.
Carnegie Theatre, Vancouver BC, March 10, 2013
Welfare Food Challenge Ends Today
Hear from some of the 100 Challenge takers about their experiences and hunger and what they have learned about a poverty hunger diet.
After a week of eating a poverty diet, only spending the $26 that a single person on welfare has for food, the people who took the Welfare Food Challenge can return to their usual life. Most feel changed and now they have a much better understanding of life in poverty and an appreciation of food and its costs. But for the 177,000 people on welfare, the 137,000 children in poverty and the over 500,000 people in poverty in BC they have a poverty diet every week.
· Bill Hopwood (Raise the Rates organizer) Chair
· Constance Barnes (Commissioner, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation) who took the Challenge
· Fraser Stuart (Raise the Rates activist) who is living on welfare
· Gerry Kasten (Registered Dietitian) who took the Challenge
· Ted Bruce (Executive Director of Population Health with Vancouver Coastal Health) who took the Challenge
· Victoria Bull, (Parents and Grandparents in Poverty) a grandparent raising her grandchild on welfare
· Jean Swanson (Chair of Raise the Rates)
· Karen Barnaby (Chef) who prepared a week’s worth of food with $26
Famous chef and food columnist, Karen Barnaby, will also present her food for a week, costing $26.
· Bill Hopwood: 604 738-1653, 778 686-5293 (cell) email@example.com
· Jean Swanson: 604 729-2380, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Welfare Food Challenge Website: http://welfarefoodchallenge.org/
26 Years since Emery Barnes – Where are We Now?
Justice not Charity
Also hear also from people who live in poverty every day.
Raise the Rates: Welfare Food Challenge
Eat on the Welfare Rate for One Week – only $26 for Food
An Invitation to the People of BC
Poverty in BC
BC has the worst poverty in Canada. This has been true for nearly a decade.
- · BC has had the worst or second worst child poverty; 137,000 children in poverty.
- · BC has the worst overall rate of poverty; over 500,000 people
- · BC has the biggest inequality between the richest and poorest 20% of the population
Do you think poverty in BC is a scandal?
Do you want to do something to change BC’s poverty record? The poorest people in BC are those on welfare. A single person on welfare gets only $610 a month for everything shelter, food, hygiene, clothes, etc.
If we can get welfare raised this will help people on welfare and also everyone in poverty by pushing up standards.
We Invite you to take the Welfare Food Challenge
Raise the Rates has launched the Welfare Food Challenge. The challenge is to live for a week on the food that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have – spending only $26!
The challenge will start on October 16, World Food Day, and will finish on OctRaise the Rates has launched a new challenge, the Welfare Food Challenge. The
challenge is to live for a week on the food that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have – spending only $26!
hygiene only $109 remains for food – less than $26 for a week. There is nothing for clothes, haircuts, or any social life.
Raise the Rates invites people from across BC in all walks of life to take the Welfare Food Challenge and share with friends, the media and policy makers their experiences of a week of poverty eating.
Raise the Rates recognizes that one week is not the same as what people on welfare experience, as they have to survive for months on welfare and often lack proper cooking facilities.
You can do it for one week to help make a difference!
We hope you are interested in taking the Challenge and help end poverty in BC. Find out more:
- · go to the website: http://welfarefoodchallenge.org/
Please encourage friends and colleagues to take the Challenge too.
What are Community Benefits Agreements? Will they help our community?
Join us for a Community Dialogue on Thursday March 3 10 AM – 1 PM At St. James Church ( E. Cordova St @ Gore St )
Coffee, Tea and Snacks
Jean Swanson is the co-author of the Carnegie Community Action Project’s Vision for Change
Julian Gross has negotiation over a dozen community benefits agreements in California
Co-hosted by the DTES Neighbourhood Council and the Vancouver Urban Core Community Worker’s Association
And presented with the Building Leadership to Create Change Gathering
Downtown Eastsiders to take a mock SRO to Pt. Grey for High Tea
Downtown Eastside residents and supporters plan to invade Point Grey with a mock SRO and two not-so-beloved creatures, Itchy the Bedbug and Creepy the Cockroach. They then plan to serve High Tea at a mystery location. The action, sponsored by Raise the Rates, will contrast living conditions for the poor and rich and point out that extreme income inequality actually shortens the lives of people who are poor and that unequal countries have more social problems than more equal countries.
The media was invited to:
· See Downtown Eastside residents protest extreme wealth in the midst of poverty;
· Learn facts about the impact of inequality;
· Learn how inequality could be reduced.
Raise the Rates is a coalition of BC groups that want governments to reduce poverty and inequality.
To the owner of 4707 Belmont Drive
We are a gathering of individuals, members of community groups, and representatives from various organizations concerned with the levels of poverty and homelessness in BC, and the increasing degree of inequality in our province. Some of us struggle with poverty every day, others know poverty and homelessness through friends and family who are affected by these realities, and all are committed advocates for social justice. What unites us is our understanding that rampant inequality generates significant harm to individuals and communities, and undermines social health and well-being.
As the owner of one of the most expensive homes in Vancouver, you occupy the opposite end of the economic spectrum from us. Those on income assistance receive $375 for monthly rent, and the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel rooms available at that rate are mostly unfit for healthy human habitation (10’x10’ rooms without washrooms or kitchens and infested with bedbugs, cockroaches and mice). By contrast, your $31 million home has extravagant space (45,000 sq ft) and luxurious amenities (swimming pool, squash courts, etc.) for you and your family, far beyond what most families in the city or province would consider reasonable, adequate housing.
We are here today to highlight this immense inequality, and to call on you to publicly support the demands we have put forward. These demands call on the provincial and federal governments to raise welfare rates, end the barriers to receiving income assistance, increase minimum wage, build 2000 units of social housing per year in BC, replace the SRO housing stock in the Downtown Eastside with new units of social housing, and increase taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. We ask you to contact the provincial and federal ministers of finance, housing and income assistance to assert your support of these demands.
Implementing such policies would significantly reduce poverty and homelessness in our province, and improve the lives of those most afflicted by the deprivation of basic necessities; it would also make our communities stronger and healthier for all. As recent studies have shown, rampant economic inequality has widespread negative social impacts. Life expectancy, homicide rates, drug abuse, child well-being, levels of trust, involvement in community life, mental illness, teenage birth rates, children’s math and literacy scores, the proportion of the population in prison, prevalence of racism, sexism and homophobia, and voter turnout are all worse in countries with greater inequality than those with more equality.
We invite you to add your voice and energy to this call for greater economic equality and the elimination of poverty and homelessness in our province. We do not seek charity but true justice in the political, social and economic structures of our collective lives.