Make poverty reduction an issue this election
Greetings BC Poverty Reduction Open Letter endorsers,
As you know, the writ was dropped on April 14th, and the BC election has officially started. Now is the time to tell your candidates how important it is to you that the next government puts in place a poverty reduction plan for BC. Please take a few minutes to call all your local candidates (from all the major parties) and let them know that you want to vote for a political party who will make a commitment to setting poverty reduction targets and timelines. You can find links to the list of candidates on this page: http://bcpovertyreduction.ca//?page_id=18 .
We’ve prepared a useful election kit that will help guide you as you engage with your MLA candidates or at all-candidates meetings.
Make Poverty History has also launched an initiative among their 38,000 BC members to help the call for a poverty reduction plan. You can now send a message to the leaders of the major political parties directly through this page (created by Make Poverty History): http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/povertyplan/bc-election. Feel free to modify the message in your own words.
The call for a BC poverty reduction plan is growing! Feel free to call your local media and let them know that so far, you and over 3300 individuals have signed the Open Letter to BC political parties. You are joined by 277 organizations who have now endorsed the letter, including:
36 faith-based organizations
26 health organizations
28 labour groups and associations
7 business groups
21 city councils and councilors
9 United Ways
8 immigrant serving organizations
142 Aboriginal, community, women’s, environmental, cultural, youth, disability groups
Don’t forget – keep building this call: encourage your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers to sign the Open Letter as individual endorsers. Individuals can sign on at the following link on the BC Poverty Reduction site: http://bcpovertyreduction.ca//?page_id=6 .
You can also include an attractive button on your website or online newsletter directing viewers to the online petition. Buttons, banners and source code can be found at http://bcpovertyreduction.ca//?page_id=470 .
BC Poverty Reduction Committee