Here are some campaigns we are involved in and/or support.
January 11th, 2022: Justice for Palestinians letter-writing campaign regarding the Green Line construction
Dear Friends and Caring Calgarians:
Do you want our City to be tied to a multinational corporation that is aiding and abetting apartheid and war crimes?
If not, we ask you to write to the Mayor, your city councillor, the Green Line Board and other officials.
In Nov. 2021, Mayor Gondek announced that the contract for building the light rail vehicles for Calgary’s Green Line was awarded to CAF. BUT there’s a big problem with that.
CAF is a Spanish transnational corporation that is also contracted to build tramlines for Jerusalem Light Rail into Occupied Palestinian Territories linking illegal “Jewish only” Israeli settlements–condemned as a war crime under international law.
By CAF joining in this consortium of UN-listed companies violating International law, and facilitating the suppression of Palestinian Human Rights, CAF has made themselves complicit in these crimes and have put profits before human rights.
Do we want our city tied to these crimes by contracting CAF?
Attached are the following to help you write your letter:
* a sample letter with your email list for the mayor, all Ward councillors and Green Line officials
*a backgrounder fact sheet detailing the issue for your information
We are demanding that the City of Calgary either withdraw their contract with CAF based on their human rights, ethics and international law violations, or make the contract conditional on CAF pulling out of the Israeli apartheid rail project in illegally occupied Palestinian territory.
Write and send your letter today! The City needs to hear our voices now!
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary; BDS Action Calgary
January 7th, 2022: Bill C-35 – Canada Disability Benefit Act petition
|Right now, a disproportionate number of Canadians living with poverty are also living with a disability. A petition to the Government of Canada is seeking to vocalize Canadian citizens’ support for Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, which is designed to “reduce poverty and to support the financial security of working-age persons with disabilities.” |
The petition closes on Tuesday, January 11.
What is the Canada Disability Benefit Act?The Canada Disability Benefit Act will supplement provincial and territorial supports (including financial and health benefits) that disabled people already receive. It will operate much like the Guaranteed Income Supplement does with regard to Old Age Security If enacted, Canada’s Disability Benefit is poised to enable significant progress towards the end of poverty by lifting 1.5 million people living with a disability out of income poverty.
Signing the petition
The Tamarack Institute is supporting the Disability Without Poverty movement to help to reach a total of 15,000 signatures by January 11, 2022. The petition was started by MP Mike Morrice, who has advocated for the Act in parliament as a necessary form of basic income for people with disabilities. Minister Carla Qualtrough, who has a disability herself, has tabled Bill C-35 and needs support from the community to show that ending disability poverty is a priority to Canadians.
Click here to sign the petition
|Follow the #EndDisabilityPoverty and #CanadaDisabilityBenefitNow hashtags on social media for more news and find images to support the campaign.|
December 17th/21: Bill C-223 for a Guaranteed Basic Income petition
Ubi Works on social media:
November 27th/21: 2 Campaigns by ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) – acorncanada.org
TELL ALBERTA GOVERNMENT THAT TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS!
Sign the petition: https://nwmd.io/s/email/ZhQ4AzjEHPXqQ2urLbI=/r
SAY HANDS OFF PUBLIC HOUSING AND NO TO PRIVATIZATION!
Sign the petition: https://nwmd.io/s/email/ZhQ0ADXEHPXqQ2urK7U=/r
November 24/21: WETASKAWIN HOUSING CRISIS
• Un-housed community members, most of whom are Indigenous, have been literally left out in the winter cold for weeks, living in dehumanizing conditions in a field.
Read here: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/tensions-rise-in-wetaskiwin-after-homeless-shelter-closes/
Read here: https://globalnews.ca/news/8367444/wetaskiwin-homeless-camp-conditions-november-2021/
• Many community members, leaders and organizations who offered solidarity and worked to address the right to housing and supports were met with “policies and by-laws” and repressive tactics and harassment meant to terminate their efforts and isolate those whose housing and services rights were unmet.
Read here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alta-rural-homelessness-1.6210778
• The horrific treatment of primarily Indigenous people in Wetaskiwin is part of a long-standing pattern of colonization, racism and classism, and contravenes the International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to which Canada is a signatory.
Read here: Government of Canada introduces legislation respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE
- The immediate provision of high standard permanent shelter options accessible around the clock and a
committed plan to establish housing solutions as a human right.
- The immediate provision of professional wrap-around services guided by and in consultation with
Indigenous Elders, leaders and organizations.
- An end to the harassment of un-housed community members and those supporting them.
- Anti-racism, decolonization and human rights training for member of Wetaskiwin City Council, RCMP and
all other relevant personnel interacting with the un-housed population.
- WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Injustice thrives when people remain silent (MLK). Email, phone or write the elected officials who are responsible, which includes all 3 levels of government:
▪ Wetaskiwin Mayor and Council Members
▪ The Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson (also MLA for region)
▪ Member of Parliament Mike Lake
Spread the word through your social media platforms and email lists and ask people to take action now to demand Housing and Service Rights in Wetaskiwin and Everywhere.
The Coalition for Housing Rights in Wetaskiwin is an anti-racist decolonial movement.
November 24/21: BEAR CLAN
What you can do to support Bear Clan’s critical work in our community:
Bear Clan wants to provide 1000 hampers of various sizes during the 2021 holiday season.
– Contact Bear Clan (email below) to assist with the packing and/or delivery of hampers
- Spread the word via email and social media
or send a cheque for Bear Clan made out to WTEP and we will send the money on to Bear Clan
to: WTEP c/o 39 – 4th St. N.E. T2E 3R6
- Contact Bear Clan at firstname.lastname@example.org to drop off gently used or new:
o Winter hats , gloves, scarfs
o Winter jackets
o Warm socks
o Sleeping bags and/or emergency blankets
o Air mattresses
– Send a monetary gift to Bear Clan by ordering Orange Shirt and Red Dress decals from Chance Bellegarde. Chance accepts e-transfers ands directs all funds to the Calgary Bear Clan. Please indicate that the money sent is a gift, not a donation. The decals can be picked up at Chance’s in North Haven. Email him for details and eTransfer email@example.com
Support Vaccines for Seasonal Agricultural Workers
WTEP is supporting the Mexican Association of Calgary in their efforts to make Covid vaccines available and accessible to temporary migrant farm workers in Alberta.
See CBC link for details about the situation.
- Please share the CBC article via email, in your WhatsApp groups, in your Social Media and circle of influence, here’s the link:
A summary of demands is as follows:
• The prioritization of temporary agricultural workers in the vaccine roll out
• The AB government coordinate with employers to arrange workers’ transportation to a vaccination centre or to work with Alberta Health to provide mobile vaccine clinics at places of employment
• That information regarding the vaccines and where workers can be vaccinated is distributed in the language of the farmworkers
• That workers do not lose pay for the time spent getting vaccinated.
Take note that the government is saying that it is moving on this issue but we think they need to be accountable and transparent about what concrete steps they are taking to get vaccines to these workers and they need to have timelines. You might ask for these also.
Here is a list of email addresses.
- We will ask that if you have the time, please write letters to the Editor of different newspapers
- If you can, please email the following Government Officials, you can send them the articles, our letter or your own opinion on the issue. The more we email the better:
- Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tyler Shandro, Alberta’s Minister of Health email@example.com
- Jason Copping, Alberta’s Minister of Labour and Immigration firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Dreeshen, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry AF.email@example.com
- Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health – could not find her email but if you find a way to connect with her please let us know
- Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Health Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca
- Marie Claude-Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.ca
- Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Voices of the Oppressed: Police Brutality educational experience at Poppy Plaza, 1111 Memorial Drive NW
Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309409577253908
Inclusive Canada is teaming up with friends ARC Vancouver for ‘Voices of the Oppressed: Police Brutality,’ an event aimed to bring communities together in solidarity and provide an educational experience to help people better understand the importance of defunding the police in order to refund our communities, and what a police-free future could look like if our current grassroots structures were better supported. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about include mutual aid, mental health, harm reduction, community safety, decriminalization, and Queer community support.
Oppose the K-6 Curriculum
Change the Name of Langevin School