We will be going to this event and leafleting:
Poverty and Homelessness: The Difficult Conversation. The Town
Hall will take place on February 4th, 2015 from 19:00 to 21:00 at the University
of Victoria’s David Turpin Auditorium, Room A120 (3800 Finnerty Road). (more below)
If your interested, please let the Committee To End Homelessness Victoria (CTEHV, the original) know, we’d love the help. The answer to Poverty is a complete change in this economic system and how we think, what we believe.
Martin Luther King:
By 1968, the War on Poverty seemed like a failure, neglected by a Johnson administration (and Congress) that wanted to focus on the Vietnam War and increasingly saw anti-poverty programs as primarily helping African-Americans. The Poor People’s Campaign sought to address poverty through income and housing. The campaign would help the poor by dramatizing their needs, uniting all races under the commonality of hardship and presenting a plan to start to a solution. Under the “economic bill of rights,” the Poor People’s Campaign asked for the federal government to prioritize helping the poor with a $30 billion anti-poverty package that included, among other demands, a commitment to full employment, a guaranteed annual income measure and more low-income housing. The Poor People’s Campaign was part of the second phase of the civil rights movement. King said, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”.”WIkepedia
“Through a close reading of King’s work, Jackson finds deep currents of anti-imperialism running through King’s thought, going all the way back to his days as a student. He finds a consistent thread of anti-capitalism in King’s speeches. And he finds that King was building alliances with the left-wing of the labor movement and allying himself with activists who called for structural change in the economy…
And there’s a lot in the “I Have a Dream” speech that would make McCain and Connerly squirm. King celebrated the “the marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community.” And, speaking of the “fierce urgency of Now,” he encouraged the 250,000 strong gathered on the Mall to take more aggressive action. “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.” At a moment when conservatives (and many liberals) were denouncing the movement for going “too far, too fast,” King sent a clear message. Go further, faster. King went on to support aggressive enforcement of civil rights laws including affirmative action itself. And more than that, he demanded the fundamental reordering of the American economy.”
January 20, 2015
This is an open invitation to ALL to the poor and to the rich
I am writing to invite you to attend a public Town Hall that I will be hosting on
the topic of Poverty and Homelessness: The Difficult Conversation.
The Town Hall will take place on February 4th, 2015 from 19:00 to 21:00 at the University of Victoria’s David Turpin Auditorium, Room A120
(3800 Finnerty Road).
The Town Hall will consist of a panel discussion, moderated by Cairine Green,
with confirmed panelists Andrew Wynn-Williams, from the Greater Victoria
Coalition to End Homelessness, Bernice Kamano, from the Greater Victoria
Coalition to End Homelessness Speakers Bureau, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, from
the Victoria City Council, and Bruce Wallace, from the University of Victoria.
The purpose of the event is to offer an opportunity for the public to participate
in an informative and meaningful discussion about the key issues surrounding
poverty and homelessness in our community, and the best-practice solutions for
addressing these problems.
Please extend this invitation to members of your community and others you feel
may be interested in attending.
MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head