Dear S-CAP supporters:
Last Monday was a very cold and we ended up having only a small S-CAP meeting. It was a very useful meeting but we need more people to get involved to carry out our activities. We are therefore having another organizing meeting this coming Monday, Jan. 12th at the Labour Council Office at 6:30pm. Please come it you can. If you cannot attend but have some time to engage in S-CAP activities please let us know.
S-CAP has a lot of plans but with one of our members moving away, and another going away for a few months, we really need more people to get involved to ensure we have the capacity to carry out our actions. This January we are continuing to challenge the City to expand and improve the Out of the Cold Shelter especially as temperatures during the day have plummeted, to provide CSUMB rates and policies for CHPI exceptional circumstances funding, and making sure that the SAMS computer crisis does not have a detrimental impact on people on OW and ODSP or on OW and ODSP workers.
And we are also now dealing with a Sudbury by-election on Feb. 5th where Glenn Thibeault, now running for the provincial Liberal Party, needs to be challenged on the Liberal Party record of cutting the CSUMB program; slashing the Special Diet Supplement; allowing people on social assistance to sink deeper into poverty so that now a person on OW needs an immediate 55% increase just to get back to the buying power they had in 1995; organizing unfair medical reviews of people on ODSP designed to push them off ODSP; organized the SAMS computer program crisis for people on OW and ODSP and for OW and ODSP workers; has refused to repeal the so-called ‘Safe Streets Act’ which is used against panhandlers; and has refused to increase the minimum wage to $14 an hour for low-income workers. We will also be challenging all the other candidates in the by-election to support anti-poverty action.
A series of important City meetings are coming up on Jan. 19th and 20th that we are mobilizing for for anti-poverty and Handi-Transit access action. On Monday, January 19th the Operations Committee meets at Tom Davies Square at 4pm and we are asking everyone who supports access for all people with disabilities who need it (including for people with disabilities without mobility problems) to attend and to support this position. At 6pm that same day the Community Services Committee meets at Tom Davies Square and we want as many people as possible to be there to support more extended hours for the Out of the Cold Shelter and making sure that it is a City Shelter and not a Salvation Army Shelter; supporting CSUMB policies and rates for CHPI exceptional circumstances funding; and that the SAMS crisis not hurt people on OW or ODSP or OW or ODSP workers.
The next day at 6pm on the 20th the Finance and Administration Committee of the City meets at Tom Davies Square for community input into the upcoming budget deliberations. S-CAP is asking to be on the agenda to argue for funding for expanding the Out of the Cold Shelter and to ensure that CSUMB rates and policies are followed for CHPI funding – including for community start-up needs.
We will also be mobilizing people for all-candidates meetings and for any further appearances by Premier Wynne in Sudbury during the by-election as we press for anti-poverty action. If you are able to assist in this please let us know.
Later on Sunday March 1st along with the Sudbury Media Co-op we will be sponsoring a workshop with Chris Dixon the author of Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, and a former member of S-CAP, on strategy and campaign organizing.