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

It's a first for The Table - this is not our typical documentary for Dinner and a Movie night- a feature film! Come on out on Wednesday June 10th for a screening of the film PRIDE. PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Dinner runs from 4:30 to 6:00 and the movie begins at 6:30 followed by a lively discussion with local community members. Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFY0wHpR5o

Come to The Table on Saturday April 11th for another Open Mic session! Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:00. Everyone welcome, all forms of talent are appreciated and everything is FREE! Tea, coffee and snacks available. Come to perform and/or come to enjoy the show.

 
What kinds of food do you offer to a person experiencing homelessness, couch surfing, or otherwise living without the means to prepare or keep their food refrigerated? This is a question the staff at The Table Community Food Centre have to grapple with on a regular basis. While equitable access to healthy food is their focus, and is what typically gets people to the Centre, it is rarely the only issue community members are contending with.

When Lanark County Social Housing announced a one-time grant opportunity under their Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative the Table Community Food Centre jumped at the chance to apply for funds to work toward addressing a serious social problem in our community, housing. The staff at The Table is thrilled to announce that the County has approved our request for $28,000, over two years for our Advocacy Program to work on housing issues.

Why is a community food centre addressing housing issues? The Table recognizes that participants accessing the Centre are often coping with a variety of issues over and above the need for food. While their main focus is firmly rooted in connecting people to healthy food they are also committed to assisting low income participants with other issues resulting from or exacerbated by poverty. Over the past year The Table’s Advocacy Office was open 162 days and saw 343 visits by 134 distinct community members. The number one issue people sought assistance with was housing; housing searches, homelessness, mold issues and repairs, inability to pay utilities/rent, hoarding, landlord disputes and more. 

The Table will use this grant to get creative about how they work with low income community members on issues that are known to have a high impact on community members’ ability to retain housing: addiction/harm reduction, mental health, employment opportunities, education and skill development, domestic violence, budgeting, nutrition, and more. Over the next two years The Table’s Advocacy Program will offer workshops, training and information sessions and individual support to interested low income community members. Training sessions will include workshops on tenant and landlord rights for both tenants and landlords.

One of the unique elements of the project will be developed and delivered in partnership with the Lanark County Community Justice Program. The two groups will collaborate to train peer advocates in the restorative justice model. Once trained, the advocates will apply their new skills to working with landlords and low income renters to find mutually agreeable solutions, reducing the use of the formal Landlord Tenant Board process and preventing evictions.

The Table’s Advocacy Office offers resources, support and referrals to community members on wide array of issues ranging from help replacing lost identification, filling out forms, accompanying people to appointments, assisting people in their housing search and more. The office is staffed by trained peer advocates who have their own experiences of living on low incomes and navigating social services. Anyone in need of assistance with an issue who is unsure where to go or what to do, should consider reaching out to the advocates.

A version of this post was published in the Perth Courier on March 12th.

 

 

We are excited to announce that the National Farmers Union will be joining us for Dinner and a Movie in April to screen the film Til the Cows Come Home. Diane Dowling, a dairy farmer and president of NFU, Local 316, will be leading a discussion after the film. Join us Wednesday April 8th, dinner runs from 4:30 - 6:00, movie will begin at 6:30.

For two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stood in front of the Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the hundred-year-old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasted two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. It was the front page news across the country. An army of black-clad police arrested twenty-four people. The youngest woman was 14, the oldest, 85. Til the Cows Come Home tells the story behind this extraordinary display of civil disobedience, filled with gripping confrontations and a cast of colourful characters, from irate farmers to passionate nuns to endearing ex-cons. It asks provocative questions about the Canadian government's alarming approach to criminal justice, food security......and democracy itself.

Check out the trailer for the film here:

http://www.prisonfarmfilm.org/

 

 

March break is coming fast! It is the perfect time to go through your closets and weed out those clothes you (and/or your kids) don't wear anymore and bring them to The Table on Tuesday March 17th from 12-2 and swap them out for some new-to-you clothes!

You do not need to bring clothes to take clothes, just come on out and get your new spring look!

Donations are more than welcome but please wait until the day of the swap to drop off. Thanks!

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