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Chew on this 2015

Want to take concrete steps towards ending poverty in Canada?

From May 14-18, meet with or call your MP to let them know that you want them to Set a Course for #DignityForAll!

For almost a decade, CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have been calling for a national anti-poverty plan. Thanks to the passion and commitment of countless individuals and organizations across the country, this year it’s finally happening! We want to make sure the progress we've made is here to stay - and here to make a difference! Our Set a Course campaign focuses on legislation to accompany the Poverty Reduction Strategy that will ensure accountability and sustainability. 

We call on the federal government to Set a Course for #DignityForAll by creating laws that:

  1. Set strong poverty reduction targets and timelines to eradicate poverty once and for all;

  2. Establish a plan to meet measurable targets and timelines; and

  3. Reinstate the National Council of Welfare and establish a National Commissioner to ensure accountability and representation.

We need all hands on deck! Let your MP know that you want them to Set a Course for #DignityForAll! 

 

Here are some further suggestions for political engagement, personal or small-group education, and spreading the word. 

3 steps you can take at any time:

1. Acknowledge: learn about poverty in Canada

In order to end poverty in Canada, we need to understand its root causes and the impact it has on those who are most vulnerable in our society.

  • Use CPJ's church resources to start discussions about poverty in Canada in your church.
  • Read the latest research on poverty in Canada from CPJ. Break the Barriers reports that 4.9 million people in Canada (or roughly 1 in 7) live in poverty.
  • Invite CPJ to speak to your organization or facilitate a workshop on faith, poverty in Canada and public justice. Contact Natalie Appleyard for more information

2. Act: take action locally

Each of us has role to play in our own communities in changing the conversation around poverty.

  • Share the Dignity for All National Anti-Poverty Plan with members of your church or organization and with your MP. This model plan was developed in collaboration with social policy experts, anti-poverty organizations, faith-based groups, and those with lived experience of poverty.
  • Reflect, pray, and take action with CPJ’s book, Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty. It’s designed for a small group study or church-wide workshop. Six supplementary Bible studies relating to the book are also available online.

3. Advocate: engage with Canadian Political leaders

 Join CPJ as we work towards critical legislative changes that will reduce poverty in Canada.

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