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raise%20the%20rates.jpgThe Raise the Rates Campaign presents: Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against Cuts, UK

The UK has implemented brutal cuts to programs for unemployed and disabled people, including denying disability benefits to thousands of people. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is has been at the forefront of fighting the cuts. Atos, the private company carrying out the assessments of sick and disabled people, finding many ‘fit to work’ has been forced to quit as a result of their powerful resistance. In Ontario, we also face major attacks. Welfare and disability rates are too low for people to pay their rent and eat properly; yet, benefits have been slashed. Now there is a threat that the Government bring in a UK style assessment system. We need to understand what is happening elsewhere and how people are fighting back and winning against the attacks.

The Raise the Rates Campaign is excited to announce  an Ontario-wide speaking tour this coming May 2014 of Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) UK.  OnFacebook:


• May 6: Sudbury

 Details: Tuesday, May 6th, 7pm, at Kinsmen Room A of the Parkside Older Adult Centre on Durham St

• May 7: Ottawa

 Details: Evening Town Hall Wednesday, May 7th, 6:30pm, at Somerset West Community Health Centre (55 Eccles St)

• May 8: Montreal                                                                                       

Details: Thursday, May 8th, 6:30pm – Accessibility, Disability and Resisting Austerity at CÉDA, 2515 rue Delisle (Métro lionel groulx). Organized by: Comité d’action solidaire contre l’austerité – CASA. QPIRG concordia, Endorsed by: Movement Action Chomage. Comite Chomage Est

• May 12: Kingston Coalition Against Poverty

 Details: Monday, May 12th, 6pm at Kingston Public Library Central Branch (130 Johnson St), Delahaye Room.

• May 13: Kitchener-Waterloo

 Details:Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30pm at Queen Street Commons Cafe (43 Queen St South)

• May 14: Toronto

 Details: Wednesday, May 14th, 6pm at St. Luke’s Church, 353 Sherbourne Street (at Carlton). Accessible space. ASL available. Free meal provided.