On September 29th 2011 the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits organized a rally of all concerned groups in Hamilton struggling to find a way out of poverty.
There is a myth that people in poverty enjoy their way of life. Somehow, with just a little elbow grease, they could move out of poverty.
Today, I challenge that notion. I say, what these individuals need is hope.
They need to know, there is a will to help them with the real obstacles that they face. Poverty is about more than just jobs. Poverty is more than incomes. Poverty robs individuals of dignity and respect. Poverty promotes societal exclusion and isolation.
We, collectively, have allowed 90,000 people in our city to be dehumanized; the numbers predominantly represent our seniors, children, disabled and minimum wage workers.
People in poverty do not need to be managed or directed. They need to be active participants in determining their own destinies. To be active participants they need to be heard.
Break the deafening silence that surrounds them.
All have something to contribute, even if only their wisdom at our community table.
Thanks to CanadianAwareness.org for filming this video!