Need higher welfare rates? Get ready to march.
Raise the Rates is organizing a March for Welfare Justice to take place on Wed. March 27. The idea is to march from Premier Christy Clark’s office on W. 4th Ave. to NDP leader Adrian Dix’s office near the Joyce St. Skytrain station. It’s only 14.5 km!! But you can cheat. Raise the Rates will provide van rides or bus tickets for people who can’t walk the whole route.
At both offices, a news conference will be held and people will speak out about why a welfare increase is needed. The last welfare rate increase, which was only about $100 for single people, was in 2007.
Spread the word to your friends—we need lots of people to have a big impact. We plan to have a giant safety net with holes in it and fake people falling through the holes. Raise the Rates will provide food.
If you want to join us, come to Carnegie at 9 am on Wed., March 27. Raise the Rates will provide some breakfast muffins, hard boiled eggs, fruit and drinks. Then we’ll drive and/or bus to Clark’s office where we’ll have a news conference at 10:15 am. Then it’s off to Adrian Dix’s office, walking and vanning for another news conference at about 4 pm. You can join the March at Carnegie at 9; at Clark’s office at 10:15; at Broadway and Granville at noon; at Broadway and Main at 1:10, at Broadway and Commercial at 2:10, or at Dix’s office, 5022 Joyce St. at 4 pm. Hope you can join us. Call Jean at 604 729 2380 if you have any questions.