Monday, 20 August 2012

Seeking Personal accounts of poverty from the NWT & Nunavut

Date: 20 August 2012 12:03
Subject: Seeking Personal accounts of poverty from the NWT & Nunavut

Hi everyone,

The Dignity for All campaign is working on events to mark October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  Right now we are planning to send every MP and Senator a personal story of poverty and a ribbon or button that they can wear during the day.  Then in the evening we will collaborate with the newly established federal anti-poverty caucus to host a discussion on poverty.  To help us get things organized we are now looking for personal accounts of poverty.  It may be your own story, or someone you know.  We can change names to respect anonymity as well.  We hope to have 100 stories that we can then circulate to parliamentarians.   If you can send me a story or a few that would be so helpful!  Send as many as you can by September 4th.  Also, please let me know if we can use your story as well.  For those […] who speak French, we would love to receive a few stories in French so that we can send them translated to French speaking MPs.

Details:  Stories should be short – 150 words – and be offered as a reflection of the reality that many people living in Canada face.  Here is a sample:

Nadine’s story:

Nadine works 3-6 hours per week and is constantly stressed about her dwindling bank account.  She wonders how she will make it last until her next payday. She looks forward to the day that she can get some food from the local food bank to stretch her budget, but this is only a few times a month. Nadine lives with constant worry about being able to afford food for her family, running out of money, and trying to look for work. She worries that someone in her family will need medical care or something will break and need replacing and she will not be able to afford it.


Thank you for your help!

Megan Yarema
Director, Education & Outreach / Directrice, Éducation et Mobilisation communautaire
Working in alliance with the CWP Advocacy Network / Travaillant en alliance avec le Réseau de revendication CSP

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