Ontario Coalition Against Poverty pioneered the “direct action casework” style of fighting grievances and winning real battles against poverty and its ill effects in Canada. This meeting (organised by ECAP) is sure to be interesting.
Community Organizing and Anti-Poverty Work: The OCAP Story
plus speakers from ECAP
7.30pm Mon 13 Sept
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street (off Leith Walk near Pilrig church), Edinburgh EH6 8RG
OCAP write: “The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has fought for justice and dignity for poor people for 20 years. Using direct action we have won individual cases including social assistance benefits, housing repairs, and withheld wages. Through mass mobilization, we have won housing and millions of dollars for poor people in Ontario.
“We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against welfare and ODSP (disability benefits), public housing and others who deny poor people what they are entitled to. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves. We believe in the power of resistance.”
This meeting will discuss OCAP’s model of fighting back against the harsh ways that neo-liberal capitalism plays out in the lives of poor and working class people. This is a rare opportunity to learn about an organisation which has involved large numbers of people in taking direct action against poverty and has achieved a striking level of success.