Make Poverty History Manitoba, along with community organizations, members, and people with lived experience of poverty, will be hosting a rally and march on Thursday, October 11th. We are calling on both levels of government, municipal and provincial, to take serious action NOW to end poverty.
When: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:30
Where: Media should meet at Winnipeg City Hall (510 Main Street) at 12 Noon
Details: At 12:25, we will march from City Hall to the Manitoba Legislature, where will attend Question Period at 1:30pm.
-Adoption of Municipal AND Provincial Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategies.
-Mayoral and Council Candidates to be Leaders of Poverty Reduction in Winnipeg, in collaboration with community
-Adoption of a provincial Livable Basic Needs Benefit
According to polling by Probe Research in Spring 2018, we know Manitobans support action from our government for poverty reduction. On October 11, we will demonstrate to candidates in the municipal election and provincial MLAs that we need meaningful action now.
Up to 107,000 Winnipeggers live in poverty. Some 39,000 more across Manitoba are living in poverty. Across the entire province, we know that crime, addictions, poor health and social conditions, and other social issues stem from ongoing poverty in our communities.
We need commitments from mayoral candidates to be champions of poverty reduction in this campaign. We have developed Winnipeg Without Poverty: Calling on the City to Lead that serves as a blueprint. Link at winnipegwithoutpoverty.ca
We need the Province of Manitoba to release their poverty reduction plan, now a year and a half overdue, in violation of provincial legislation. We have also released a blueprint for a provincial plan, The View from Here: Manitobans call for a renewed poverty reduction plan. A priority must be overhauling Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) to create a Livable Basic Needs Benefit, detailed at knowpoverty.ca.