Social Justice Drop in Club

The Social Justice Group, known as the Community Action Network (CAN) 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.  
 
The Community Action Network meets at the Table on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30.  Meetings at this time focus on the issue of housing, a continuation of the Housing Outreach Campaign that CAN has been working on since January 2016. These meeting include a free healthy breakfast or lunch. The group meets at least twice a month, but does not meet every week.  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.
 

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

The Community Action Network, our social justice club, has entered the Christmas parade this year as a choir and is looking for interested people to join us in singing some revised carols. The parade is happening on December 6th and leaves the old Brown Shoe building on Sunset Blvd. at 5:00. We are asking that people who would like to join us get in touch for more details about appropriate clothing and foot wear and for times and dates of practice sessions. For more information please conact Samantha at 613-267-6428 ext. 4 or at sam.thetable@gmail.com OR get in touch with the Community Advocacy Office at the Table. We hope to have a large enough group that our voices will be heard, please join us. See below for the new lyrics of the classic carols we will be singing.

Shop in Town

(To the tune of Jingle Bells)

Written by the Community Action Network

 

Dashing through the shops in a one horse kind of town

Spending cash at home spreads the wealth around

Perth has everything to make your Christmas right

Support the shops that line the streets of this parade tonight

 

Oh, Shop in town Shop in town

Avoid the big boxes stores

If you want small towns to last

We all must do this more    X2

 

Get it local made, keep your money in your town

Barter or use trade and keep the economy sound

It’s not how much you spend, homemade means more than bought

Repurposed and reused conveys an even deeper thought

 

Oh, Shop in town Shop in town

Avoid the big box stores

If you want small towns to last

We all must do this more    X2

 

If you plan to shop for your Christmas cheer

Why not plan to shop at home and keep your money here?

Every time you do, you help your small town thrive,

Get to see your friends and avoid the longer drive

 

Oh, Shop in town Shop in town

Avoid the big box stores

If you want small towns to last

We all must do this more   X2

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Revised

Written by the Community Action Network

 

On the first day of Christmas

We would like to see

An end to poverty

 

On the second day of Christmas

We would like to see

More Social Housing and an end to poverty

 

On the third day of Christmas

We would like to see

A Guaranteed Income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the fourth day of Christmas

We would like to see

Free Dental Care, a guaranteed income, more social housing, and an end to poverty

 

On the fifth day of Christmas

We would like to see

*No More Corporate Greed*

Free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the sixth day of Christmas

We would like to see

Living Wage Jobs, *no more corporate greed* free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the seventh day of Christmas

We would like to see

Free School Tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the eighth day of Christmas

We would like to see

Affordable Daycare, free school tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the ninth day of Christmas

We would like to see

Mental Health Funding, affordable daycare, free school tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the tenth day of Christmas

We would like to see

An end to Global Warming, mental health funding, affordable daycare, free school tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas

We would like to see

No more missing woman, an end to global warming, mental health funding, affordable daycare, free school tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

We would like to see

Good Food for All, no more missing women, an end to global warming, mental health funding, affordable daycare, free school tuition, living wage jobs, *No More Corporate Greed*, free dental care, a guaranteed income, more social housing and an end to poverty

 

Tight Christmas

Written by the Community Action Network

(to the tune of White Christmas)

 

 

I’m looking at a tight Christmas

I can’t afford to go and shop

My budgets too tiny

My paycheques declining

Against inflation that won’t stop

 

I’m looking at a tight Christmas

With every bill I have to pay

My days are not merry or bright

Cause I can’t afford to pay the bill for lights

 

I’ve no Home for Christmas

(to the tune of I’ll be home for Christmas)

Written by the Community Action Network

 

I’ve no home for Christmas

And no food to eat

If it snows I’ll freeze my toes

Out wandering through the sleet

 

Christmas Eve will find me

Sleeping on the street

I’ll have a home for Christmas

But only in my dreams

Join us Wednesday December 10th for a Dinner and a Movie annual tradition, What Would Jesus Buy?

An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverand Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt). The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands- Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement.

Watch the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGi21YQFjMM

This month's movie night will feature Just Eat It- A food waste story. In The Clean Bin Project, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examination of our throw-away society. As a followup, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. The myths behind corporate food production and marketing make for easy pickings as the directors dismantle best-before dates and show how our idea of "perfect produce" encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food—collateral damage in an age of food security headlines. Living off rescued goods their stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomes immediately apparent this is a widespread problem with simple solutions. Unlike many environmental films that portray apocalyptic outcomes or make viewers feel helpless, Rustemeyer's and Baldwin's personal investment makes major sustainability issues comprehensible, solvable and delicious.Movie night is Wednesday November 12th at 6:30. Stop in for the Community Meal beforehand from 4:30 - 6:00.

Watch the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkASAZGIuu0

UPDATE!

Because there is an all candidates meeting happening during our regular dinner and a movie timeslot we have moved Dinner and a Movie to the 15th of October this month. We apologize for the switch up and we hope to see you out on the 15th!

The Table Community Food Centre is pleased to announce that the makers of the documentary, Seeds of Time, have provided us with a copy of the film so that we can share this amazing project with the community. Please join us on Wednesday, October 15th for Dinner and a Movie at 190 Gore St. East in Perth. Dinner runs from 4:30 to 6:00 and the film will begin at 6:30 pm.

About the Film:

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning: From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler's passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

Cary Fowler is a man with a mission. A mission that is about securing the foundation of nothing less than earth's survival in the form of the world's smallest currency: seeds! The scientist and tireless idealist Fowler has set out to collect all existing grain types in an enormous 'cereal bank' on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, before it's too late. And too late it soon may be. The earth is overpopulated, there are more and more mouths to feed, and we are beginning to feel the disastrous effects of climate change on our planet. In recent decades we have experienced periods of drought and severe floods, and together with these disasters we have lost important grain types, which means that they will be extinct within a few years. But nobody understands what devastating impact the extinction of these grain types would have on mankind. It is not just about the survival of this generation, but that of future generations. The good news is that someone has started to do something about it! 'Seeds of Time' is simple in its style, but the story of Fowler's struggle is both touching and inspiring.

 

For more information on this film  and to watch the trailer,please visit http://www.seedsoftimemovie.com/about.php

 

Come on over to the Table on Saturday July 12th for FREE clothes and a FREE bicycle workshop!

The Community Action Network (C.A.N.) and the Peer Advocates have teamed up to bring another great FREE clothing swap to the Table. The swap is from 2- 4 inside the Table CFC. You do not need to bring clothes to take clothes- just come on out!

In the backyard of the Table CFC the Perth Bicycle Collective will be holding a FREE bicycle workshop from 2-5. This great group of people will be on hand to offer help and advice with basic bicycle maintenance.

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