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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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welcome our new organizer!

We are excited to announce that we found our new organizer! Welcome to Kell Gerlings, who has slowly been starting with Raise the Rates over the past few weeks. Kell is a queer youth activist, originally from Toronto, living on…

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Inequality Kills 40,000 Canadians a Year

Low Welfare Rates Cause Early Death At a mock funeral today people commemorated the shameful 10th anniversary of BC’s frozen welfare rates. “Welfare cheques don’t come with a health warning,” said Raise the Rates organizer Bill Hopwood.  “But about 100…

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