Fwd: [GBC-cwkrs] Child Poverty....get involved people!!

Bonnie Briggs (s248_1132@hotmail.com)
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 06:34:37 PDT


General
Hi gang,
  Come on, guys, let's join this call to action.
Bonnie
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>Reply-To: community-workers@egroups.com


> >Hello friends,
> >
> >"Wake-up Calls" involving many types of activities are being planned in
> >communities across Canada to occur at 12:00 noon local time, Wednesday
> >November 24th, 1999. This will coincide with the public launch of
>national
> >and provincial child poverty report cards. YOU ARE INVITED TO
>PARTICIPATE!!
> >
> >As many of you already know, November 24th marks the tenth anniversary
>of
> >the House of Commons commitment to end child poverty by the year 2000.
>But
> >child poverty is deepening and affecting even greater numbers of
>families
> >as the gap between rich and poor Canadians widens.
> >
> >Below is a description of WAKE-UP CALL EVENTS. If you are interested,
> >please join our mail server. To subscribe,
> >
> >                 Send an email message to majordomo@list.web.net
> >                 Leave the subject line blank
> >                 In the text of the message type: subscribe
>wake-up-call-l
> >                         (the "l" is an "L")
> >
> >We can provide you with ideas, information packages, promotional
>posters,
> >and conenctions through the mail server. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!! WE
>ESPECIALLY
> >NEED MORE CONNECTIONS AND EVENTS IN SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, THE
> >YUKON, NWT,AND NUNAVIT.
> >
> >Please feel free to contact me. My info is as follows:
> >
> >                 Cari Patterson
> >                 E-mail: cari@glinx.com
> >                 Phone: (902) 582-7839
> >                 Fax: (902) 582-7144
> >
> >___________________________________________________________________
> >Wake-up call events will take place at 12 noon local time to coincide
>with
> >workplace/school lunch breaks in each of Canada's 6 time zones:
> >
> >   1st call of the day begins in Newfoundland at 12 noon Newfoundland
> >time.
> >   2nd call of the day begins in Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia/New
> >Brunswick at 12 noon Atlantic time
> >   3rd call of the day begins in Quebec/Ontario at 12 noon Eastern
> >time
> >   4th call of the day begins in Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavit at 12
>noon
> >Central time
> >   5th call of the day begins in Alberta/Nunavit/NWT at 12 noon
>Mountain
> >time
> >   6th and last call of the day begins in British Columbia and the
>Yukon at
> >12 noon Pacific time
> >
> >Local communities/organizations are deciding on their own type of
>action.
> >List of ideas to date include:
> >
> >   The ringing of church bells for 10, 20, 30 minutes. Tolling bells -
>as
> >well as broadcast hymns (many churches seem to use recordings now).
> >   The sounding of firehall and fire engine sirens.  In rural
>communities
> >fire fighters can be persuaded to take to the streets with their
> >fire-engines sirens - ending up at community gatherings.
> >   Marching bands on our streets, sole pipers leading a march
> >   Blowing of whistles by preschool children/school children.
> >   Children in school yards making noise - yelling a message in unison
> >   School/children's choirs singing. Instruments could be distributed
>to
> >other children for a noisy finale.
> >   Families at family resource centres, city/town/village centres with
> >noise makers - babies with rattles, toddlers with wrist bell,
> >preschoolers with tambourines, etc.
> >   Activists at intersections - placards reading "HONK IF YOU WANT
>CHILD
> >POVERTY TO END"
> >
> >Organizers are underscoring the need to:
> >
> >   Emphasize who the bells are tolling for - hungry
> >children/mothers/families
> >   Focus on the 10th anniversary of a broken promise - 24th November,
>1989
> >was the day of the resolution to end child poverty.
> >   Underscore the need for a big noise to wake those government
>memb1ers
> >who
> >are sleeping on the job!
> >   Tie activities to 12 noon local time - allowing participation by
> >workers/schools during the lunch hour break
> >   Call a broad range of community members to action - workers,
>leaders of
> >faith communities, school children, teachers, principals, staff and
> >volunteers of non-profit organizations, children and their extended
> >families.
> >   Invite church and other community leaders to speak at "WAKE-UP CALL"
> >rallies.
> >   Involve high school councils and students.
> >   Getting a common statement for everyone to endorse wherever they are
> >participating in a "WAKE-UP" action.
> >   Connecting local communities to the CAMPAIGN 2000 lobbying planned
>on
> >the hill for the day of November24th and adding volume to the call for
> >action.
> >   Equating our action with the bells in the house of commons calling
>the
> >house to order.
> >   Collecting all the planned actions on a web-site as they
>materialize in
> >local communities.
> >   Encouraging people to share all ideas with others.
> >   Spreading news of different types of "WAKE-UP" actions arising from
>the
> >choice of various communities so that others can "copy" ideas
>attractive
> >to their own community.
> >   Acknowledging that each noise - no matter how small - adds to the
> >overall volume.
> >
> >
> >Let's really use our collective voice!! The more of us involved,
>better!!
> >
> >   ******************************************************************
> >    Where a great proportion of the people are suffered to languish
> >         in helpless misery,
> >    That country must be ill-policed and wretchedly governed:
> >    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
> >
> >    -- Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1770
> >   ******************************************************************
> >
> >Dennis Raphael, Ph.D.
> >Associate Professor and Associate Director,
> >Masters of Health Science Program in Health Promotion
> >Department of Public Health Sciences
> >Graduate Department of Community Health
> >University of Toronto
> >McMurrich Building, Room 101
> >Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M5S 1A8
> >voice:    (416) 978-7567
> >fax: (416) 978-2087
> >e-mail:   d.raphael@utoronto.ca
>
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