Sleep-Out at Glen Murray's Office: Stop the Cut to Community Start-Up

Thanks to all who came out! Here is a report back of the night (including audio of confrontation of Glen Murray) from rabble.ca:

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/john-bonnar-audio-blog/2012/12/liberal-m...


Thursday, December 13th
514 Parliament St (at Winchester)

6pm: Meal and Rally
7pm – 8am: SLEEP OUT

*Bring your sleeping bags and mats
*Prepare to sleep-out all night or come stop-by for as long as you can
*Breakfast and Coffee the next morning at 8am

The Provincial Liberal Government is set to cut the Community Start-Up and
Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) January 1st, 2013. The CSUMB is a housing
benefit for people on social assistance (OW and ODSP). For thousands of
people across the Province every month, it is literally the difference
between being homeless on the streets or being able to get a place to
live. The cut to this benefit will mean that many more people will be
made homeless and a time in Toronto when so many shelter beds have been
lost and the shelter system itself is in crisis. We must STOP THIS CUT!

Glen Murray is MPP for Toronto Centre which includes the 'Downtown East',
one of the poorest neighborhoods in all of Canada with a high
concentration of homelessness. Welfare and disability rates are already
impossible to survive on as this government cuts away at more and more
benefits and the rates of income keep falling. Today welfare rates are
almost 60% below where they should be, meaning a measly $606/month for a
single person. Murray is campaigning to take over running the Province
from McGuinty. We challenge Murray that this is the despicable legacy he
is a part of and we demand he take action to stop the cut to Community
Start-Up.

Winter cold is about to set-in and a growing number of people on the
streets will be put at risk – sleeping in the cold will have devastating
effects on people's health; too many homeless have frozen to death on
these streets already. Emergency action is required. As this government
prepares to cut a housing benefit that will make more people homeless, we
will sleep in their doorways, camp-out in their hallways, create shelters
out of their constituency offices. People have the right to housing,
health and safety.

Join OCAP December 13th to SLEEP-OUT at Murray's office. STOP THE CUT TO
COMMUNITY START-UP, RAISE the RATES, BUILD HOUSING NOW!

This event is part of a WEEK OF ACTION TO SAVE COMMUNITY START-UP
happening across Ontario, December 7th - 14th, see here:
http://ocap.ca/node/1031

To get involved contact:

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
416-925-6939 / ocap@tao.ca
www.ocap.ca

@OCAPtoronto
#SaveCSUMB
#RaisetheRates