Social Justice Drop in Club

The months of January through March have C.A.N. in the final quarter of our Housing Outreach Campaign Phase I. We are busy looking at the data,  planning the final forum and report, reaching out to landlords, and doing follow up meetings with people we talked to in communities around Lanark County.  This means we will not be having our regular weekly drop in meetings, as we wil be focusing on these more campaign oriented tasks

If you are interested in the drop in group, please phone Beth at 613-264-6428 x4 to find out what days meetings are scheduled.

The Social Justice Club, aka C.A.N. (Community Action Network) has meetings  Wednesday mornings from 10:00- 12:00 at the Table CFC. Participants meet to take action in their communities and to discuss current events, local issues and how to create the changes they want to make happen in their lives. Come for the meeting and stay to join us for lunch at noon. This club is geared to lower income community members and their allies in the struggle to erradicate poverty in our land of plenty and inequity.

The Table CFC - Social Justice

Social Justice Initiatives

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

DINNER FROM 4:30-6PM

MOVIE AT 6:30

This film is part of an ongoing project to document the rise of a new movement – calling not for more economic growth, but LESS. The degrowth movement, or "mouvement por le decroissance", argues that through a voluntary reduction of the economy we can work less, consume less and live better, fuller lives.

Many have been pointing out that our current economic system is leading us to an environmental
and social catastrophe. "Life After Growth" begins to point to the people and communities who are looking for ways out. These are the pioneers who are rethinking the role of economics in our lives, and are engaging in different types of economic activity, right now.

Voter turnout in the most recent Federal election was 61.1% of registered voters, the third lowest in Canadian history and only just above the lowest turnout of 58.8% in 2008.  Low voter turnout has been called a serious threat to our democracy, in part because some demographics are much less likely to vote than others.

Younger people, for example, are much less likely to vote than middle aged people. Those who are unemployed, people with less formal education, new Canadians, Aboriginal peoples and those who rent their home versus homeowners are all less likely to vote. While the causes of low turnout are complex two explanations are that people who don’t vote are unfamiliar with how the whole process works, and that we are losing the culture of participation among parts of the population.

In an effort to demystify voting for people who have never gone out to the polls and to promote the concept of democratic participation, The Table Community Food Centre will be hosting a series of Vote Pop-ups at the Centre and at other sites around Perth. While best known for its food access and food skills programs, an important part of the Table’s work is to support community engagement and empowerment, with a view to achieving systemic changes that ultimately reduce or even eliminate the need for services like food banks.

Working with Samara Canada, a charity dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics, The Table will be setting up mock polling stations featuring everything you would find at a real polling station including official ballot boxes. All of the materials for these polling stations have been supplied by Elections Canada. Volunteers working at the Vote Pop-ups will be assisting community members through the entire voting process from checking to see if they are registered to vote to handing them a ballot to cast. On the ballot will be a poignant question for people to consider. Once participants have cast their vote they will be invited to create their own button completing the sentence ‘I am voting because _____’.  Results of the vote will be posted on The Table’s website and Facebook page.

This first Vote pop-up is happening at The Table, 190 Gore St. East, on Wednesday August 12th from 4 – 6pm, look for the polling station set up on the front lawn. Even if you are an experienced voter you are welcome to stop by and make sure you are registered to vote this fall, find out what forms of identification are accepted at polling stations, learn more about the advanced polls and make a button!

So, just what will be on the ballot at this vote pop-up? You’ll have to come out to find out.

 

For the Month of August Dinner and a Movie will be screening two short films, both films look at present day practices of large scale farming and ask ‘what if we did it differently?’

‘AINA

ʻĀINA (pronounced "eye-nah") means, “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language. The film highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauai - and of island Earth. That may sound like an outstanding claim, but as ʻĀINA vividly illustrates, such is the power of agriculture and consumer choices for people and the planet.

"To malama `āina is to take care of the earth that feeds us. The minute we lose sight of that, we have signed our own palapala make, our death warrant."
--Sabra Kauka, from ʻĀINA

https://youtu.be/DVY9menoeMU

Island Green

This feature documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to the industrialization of farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI's worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic?

The stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis are coupled with beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the island's small but growing community of organic farmers, reminding us that we can rob the land only so much before it robs us of the nourishment we need for life. Island Green is ultimately a story of hope and healthy promise.

https://youtu.be/f8-Ldrhn1Ds

 

When the free music ends in the park this Saturday at the Stewart Park Festival why not join us at The Table for a night of free entertainment at the Open Mic? Come share your talents and/or take in the talents of your fellow neighbours from 6:30 - 10:30. Free tea and coffee and snacks available. Everyone is welcome!

We are turning up the heat for our July edition of Dinner and a Movie and screening the film How to Start a Revolution. Dinner runs from 4:30 - 6:00 and the movie will begin at 6:30 with a lively discussion to follow. Tea and coffee are available and free! Come on out and get inspired by this fantastic film!

How to Start a Revolution is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution. This film (from first time director Ruaridh Arrow) reveals how Gene's work has given a new generation of revolutionary leaders the weapons needed to overthrow dictators. It shows how his 198 steps to non-violent regime change have inspired uprisings from Serbia to Ukraine and from Egypt to Syria and how his work has spread across the globe in an unstoppable wave of profound democratic change. How To Start A Revolution is the story of the power of people to change their world, the modern revolution and the man behind it all.

To see the trailer for the film follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVqgde1We8E

 

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