Social Justice Drop in Club

The Social Justice Group, known as the Lanark County Community Action Network (LCCAN) seeks to foster the empowerment of people living in poverty and their allies, who wish to have their voices heard, through collective organizing and action. Participants meet to discuss current events & social justice issues and to work together to create positive change within the community. This club is geared to lower income community members, but allies are also welcome.  
LCCAN meets at the Table on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings of each month.  Breakfast is from 9:30-10, with the meeting going from 10-11:30.   Meetings at this time have a focus on the issue of housing, a continuation of the Housing Outreach Campaign that LC/CAN has been working on since January 2016. Since location and times may vary due to activities and events the group is participating in, please check the Table calendar of events to find out which weeks the group is meeting at a different time or place..

If you are interested in more information about, or in  joining the Lanark County CAN meetings, or need transportation help to attend please contact Beth at 613-267-6428 x4.

The Table CFC - Social Justice

Social Justice Initiatives

Members of Perth's social justice club Community Action Network recently travelled to Toronto to take part in the trial of Premier Wynne in the court of public opinion. The event was put on by a Toronto based group called Put Food in the Budget and over 200 people attended, some to give testimony, some to sit on the jury and many more to bear witness to the proceedings. The Table CFC supported two Peer Advocates (and members of C.A.N.) to attend the trial. Vicki Macmillan offered testimony and Joe Cowen sat on the jury. To watch the event click here:

The Username is: food and the Passwrod is: budget

On January 27th 2014, the social justice club C.A.N. (Community Action Network) worked in partnership with Put Food in the Budget to hold a Poor People's Inquiry at the Table CFC.

30 community members came out to listen to and share testimony about what living in poverty is like and to hear if the $14 increase to Ontario Works monthy benefit (for single people only) had made a difference in people's ability to put food in their budget. More than 12 participants stood up to give testimony and another 53 people gave written testimony. It was amazing to see such a great turn out on a cold Monday night in January!

The EMC also attended and two articles were in paper that same week. The links to the articles can be found here:

The Table Community Food Centre responded to the EMC editorial piece and you can read our response here:

A Poor People’s Inquiry - the Table Community Food Centre“We need to feed each other’s dreams, not just feed each other!”

Those were Bonnie’s closing words last night at another remarkable hearing held by A Poor People’s Inquiry. Thirty people attended in Perth, eastern Ontario, while Joe, Vicki, Brandy and Bonnie presided (see the picture below).

Several witnesses said that if politicians had to walk in their shoes, they wouldn’t be able to do it. “Politicians couldn’t survive a month without their salaries and their credit cards,” Alexandra commented. People said this with anger about politicians’ arrogance – but also with pride in their own ability to survive on low incomes.

But as Bonnie pointed out, surviving is not enough. People want to thrive.

The stories told in Perth were similar to those we’ve heard in other communities:

  • living with a disability
  • spending most income on housing and heating
  • having little money left for food
  • parents feeling ashamed because their children go without extras

Bonnie challenged wealthy people: “How can the rich sit in their comfy homes, eat anything they want, whenever they want, turn up the heat whenever they want – and not be willing to share when others don’t have enough to eat?”

“If all you have is money,” she said, “you have nothing.”

Kathryn added, “I was poor as a child because my parents were poor, and yet they shared with everyone they knew. I don’t see the government today helping people like my parents did.”

“Kathleen Wynne is going to have to earn the right to call herself the social justice premier,” said Bonnie. “She can’t claim it without acting.”

Stay tuned – the trial of Premier Wynne in the Court of Public Opinion is just a few weeks away.