Women and Trans Day of Action: Stop the Cut to Community Start-Up!

To mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women -
Women and Trans Day of Action: STOP THE CUT TO COMMUNITY START-UP!

Friday, November 23rd
11am
Ontario Women’s Directorate (777 Bay St.)
Meet at the SE corner of Bay and College St, Toronto

*Lunch and Coffee
*Child Friendly
*Tokens Available
*Bring Banners and Signs!

On Friday, November 23rd at 11am, anti-poverty, anti-violence against women groups and our allies will rally in front of the Ontario Women’s Directorate offices to demand that this government stop the cut to the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and instead Raise the Rates of Social Assistance so that people can live with health and dignity.

This takes place as the Ontario government and the ‘Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues’, Laurel Broten, claim to be recognizing the month of November as ‘Woman Abuse Prevention’ month with November 25th marking the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’. We will gather to protest a government that is making life much more dangerous for women and trans-people in this province.

This year's Ontario budget included a cut to a vital Social Assistance benefit known as Community Start-Up and Maintenance (CSUMB). The CUSMB is the only government benefit available to people on assistance transitioning out of a shelter or institution, or trying to get new housing. These cuts will force some women and children experiencing violence in this province to choose between possible homelessness and staying in a dangerous environment.

Social Assistance (OW and ODSP) rates in the province are already impossible to survive on. People are too often forced to choose between the basic necessities of housing or food and face the daily indignities and violence of poverty. Last year the government gutted the Special Diet Allowance which let people put food on the table, now this government is cutting a benefit that lets people get housed. We call on all Women and Trans folks to join us in fighting back against this cut!

Download the flyer here: Front / Back
Download the poster here.

More info on CSUMB:

-$799 for a single person, $1500 for an adult with children. Available every two years, unless in an ‘exceptional circumstance’ (violence, bed bugs or other disaster)
-This benefit is also used to buy basic items for your home like a bed, pots and pans, curtains, etc
-The cut to CSUMB comes in to effect on January 1st, 2013
-If you want to see how to apply for the benefit, please go to www.ocap.ca or call: 416-925-6939

Organizers and Endorsements:

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Houses, Sistering, Assaulted Women and Children Counselor/Advocate Program at George Brown College, Bread and Bricks Social Justice Group, Women Speak Out, and more!

Pictures from the day of action:

Pictures from the Women and Trans Day of Action November 23, 2012 to stop the cut to community start up

Pictures from Women and Trans Day of Action, November 23
Pictures from Women and Trans Day of Action, November 23
Pictures from Women and Trans Day of Action, November 23
Pictures from Women and Trans Day of Action, November 23
To mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women - Women and Trans Day of Action

See more photos from the Women & Trans day of Action in our Photo Archive

To get involved contact: ocap@tao.ca or 416-925-6939
www.ocap.ca