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We believe poverty is fundamentally a violation of people's rights and dignity. It is pervasive and systemic, but it is not inevitable.
October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Each year on this day, our annual Chew on This! campaign mobilizes people from across Canada to call for an end to poverty. As a coalition of community organizations, faith communities, and citizens, the Dignity for All campaign is calling on the Government of Canada to do what is legally and morally required to uphold and protect the rights of people experiencing poverty and other intersecting forms of systemic oppression in Canada.
In October 2020, Chew on This! supporters sent letters to their MPs calling for justice for people experiencing poverty and other intersecting forms of oppression in Canada. On November 3, we shared this letter with the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, select Cabinet Ministers, and all Party Leaders, requesting follow-up meetings.
2020 Webinar Series & e-rALLY
Poverty is a complex, multifaceted issue that requires a comprehensive and intersectional approach.
In the week leading up to October 17, 2020, we engaged members of civil society in a series of webinars, offered in collaboration with Leading in Colour and other partners, to dig deeper into issues, experiences, and recommendations related to poverty in Canada. These webinars also pointed people to our calls to action (letters to MPs, letters to local media, e-rally registration) and engaged people from a variety of sectors in support of our shared goals.
We also hosted a mass e-rally on Saturday, October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, featuring a guest panel and inviting questions from government representatives.
Click on the button below for details and links to the recordings. At this time, our webinars are available in English only. The e-rally was offered in English and French with ASL interpretation.
The Dignity for All team wishes to recognize and thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable contributions and collaboration on the 2020 Chew on This! campaign:
Paul Bailey, Black Health Alliance; Leslie Campbell, FoodShare Toronto; Rachel Cheng, Food Secure Canada; Mona Duale, Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction; Serisha Iyar, Leading in Colour; Shalini Konanur, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Colour of Poverty Colour of Change; Marie-Claude Manga, KAIROS Canada; Teika Newton, Climate Action Network - Réseau Action Climat; Carmen Ramirez, Forum for Intercultural Leadership & Learning; Emilly Renaud, Canada Without Poverty; Jonathan Schmidt, Canadian Council of Churches, Forum for Intercultural Leadership & Learning; Leila Sarangi, Campaign 2000; Jane Thirikwa, KAIROS Canada; Chrystal Waban Desilets, Blackbird Medicines.