Raise the Rates

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Stupid rules of welfare? Tell us about it!

Raise the Rates is hosting a movie night on Friday, February 2nd, from 6-8pm. We will be screening I Daniel Blake and having break-out discussions about the stupid rules of welfare and the qualifications that make it impossible to get on…

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Justice Not Charity–for the 10000th time!

These are the reflections of our organizer, Kell, after CBC’s Food Bank Day. We hosted a pop-up rally that day to demand system change. This op-ed went out to several different media sites, and not a single one picked up….

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#WelfareFoodChallenge2017 has launched

Press release For immediate release– November 1st 2017 VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES While the government has implemented the election promise of raising income assistance by $100, Raise the Rates has launched their 6th Annual Welfare Food Challenge to highlight that…

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2017 Welfare Food Challenge: $710 is NOT enough!

We have launched our 2017 Welfare Food Challenge over at https://welfarefoodchallenge.org/ ! Let’s be real: While the new government is taking steps, these steps are much too small and much too slow to begin to tackle the depth of poverty that people…

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Raise the Rates meets Minister of ‘Poverty Reduction’

  On August 15th, a small group of Raise the Rates organizers and volunteers headed to Minister Shane Simpson’s downtown Vancouver office to give him our demands. This is our confirming letter. To Minister Shane Simpson; Hello! Raise the Rates…

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Raise the Rates: Submission to Federal Consultation on Poverty Reduction Plan

In early June, Raise the Rates contributed to the Federal Consultation on creating a poverty reduction plan. We doubt this will have much impact– consultations feel very removed from any actual change. However, it’s about time the federal government was…

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Thank You and What’s Next??

If you are outraged by the games the BC Libs are playing with welfare rates and poor people’s lives…. If you are sick of the status quo, frozen welfare rates, homelessness, poor-bashing… If you want to see change happen… then…

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