16 Years Standing For Social Justice
For immediate release
Monday, September 12, 2011
KINGSTON JOINS FAITH GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO “PUT POVERTY ERADICATION ON THE ELECTION AGENDA”
Kingston: Friday, September 16.
Sixteen years standing for social justice. This Friday Kingstonians will show their support for the Sisters of Providence and their silent vigil by joining thousands of voters in communities across Ontario. They’ll be asking Ontario’s political parties to make ending poverty a priority in the upcoming election. They’ll also be starting an election “sign blitz” and holding media conferences.
The Faith To End Poverty Campaign and the Social Planning Network of Ontario are partnering in this Poverty Free Ontario initiative. At media conferences held simultaneously in cities and towns across the province, faith groups and community leaders will launch the “Let’s Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario” sign blitz.
This non-partisan message asks candidates from all political parties to make poverty elimination a priority concern in their campaigns. The signs will be displayed on the local properties of participating faith communities.
Similar media conferences and sign blitz launches will be held in dozens of communities, north, south, east and west across the province.
“Aside from asking Kingston’s faith communities to support the Let’s Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario campaign, we’ll also be asking all the local candidates to put up a sign in their campaign offices,” said Jamie Swift, Director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office of the Sisters of Providence. “After all, in 2009 Ontario’s political parties unanimously lent their support to the Poverty Reduction Act.”
(The historic legislation recognized that everyone should have an opportunity “to achieve his or her full potential and contribute to and participate in a prosperous and healthy Ontario.” By supporting it, all parties recognized that we need a sustained commitment to work together to effectively reduce poverty.”)
The 16th anniversary silent vigil starts on Friday, September 16th at 12:15 p.m. in front of Kingston City Hall. All are welcome. Media are invited to a news conference prior to the vigil in the Sir John A. Macdonald room at City Hall at 11:15.
The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition is a provincial network of faith groups dedicated to faith-based approaches to public policy reform in the areas of social justice and poverty elimination. www.faithtoendpoverty.ca The Sisters of Providence have long been active supporters of ISARC. Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario working with local community groups across the province www.povertyfreeontario.ca