United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

United Nations Designated October 17 as the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty

This is an update to my previous blogs:

The United Nations’ 2012 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Wednesday, 17 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, which

  • is organized in partnership with the:
    • International Movement ATD Fourth World
    • NGO Sub-committee for the Eradication of Poverty
    • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations

Please click here for the United Nations’ contact info.

Tom Pearson, Chair of the Poverty Action for Change Coalition (P.A.C.C.), invites you to the upcoming International Day for the Eradication of Poverty event, which

  • is a FREE public event in Newmarket (220 Duncan St), Ontario, Canada, on October 17, 2012
  • takes place from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • you can enjoy:
    • FREE healthy and fresh hot soup, bread and nourishment
    • information booths
    • street performers
    • main-stage speakers / performers
    • opportunities to interact and/or participate:
      • There will be a mic for those wishing to speak out about poverty:
        • a main-stage features an open-mic ongoing for anyone with a message to share
      • Performers wishing to come up must check in at the main-stage or arrange in advance to ensure your spot: please email at tpeproductions@gmail.com for performer contact
      • For more info or to donate or set up a booth call 289-221-0928 or email at povertyacc@gmail.com

Also, Tom Pearson provides the schedule of performances and activities in the following News Release:

"Behind the Curtains...with the performers...on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty" 2010 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

“Behind the Curtains…with the performers…on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” 2010 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

Oct 6 2012

Event: International Day for The Eradication of Poverty : AKA – World Day to End Extreme Poverty

Date: Wed October 17 2012
Local Locations: Riverwalk Commons, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada – 220 Duncan St

Time: 2 – 8 PM

2 pm Outdoors – Riverwalk Commons- Welcome / Drumming

  •  Indoors – Booths open with ambient live music

2:30 – Open Mic Riverwalk outdoors / music

  • Lions Hall indoors music w Fred / booths

3 pm Lions Hall – Presentation – Options for Homes – CEO – Mike Labbe

4 pmFree Hot Soups and nourishments served! Lions Hall tables

5 pm – Lions Hall – Art, Pictures, Live Music “Unmasking Hunger Pains” by Fred Joly

5:30pm – Docu-video premiere – “York Region Unmasked”

6:30PM Riverwalk Main-stage Performers – 6:30PM

Expect to smell food and hear music & drumming upon arriving as Newmarket plays host to York Region Ontario’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Wed October 17 at Lions Club Hall & Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket from 2 pm until 8pm with free healthy and fresh hot soup, bread and nourishment served, information booths, street performers, main-stage speakers / performers and a mic for those wishing to speak out about poverty.

The internationally marked event was first recognized by the United Nations in 1992 but was inspired and started by a French Priest named Joseph Wresinski as World Day to End Extreme Poverty.

On 17th October 1987, in the presence of 100,000 people from every social background and continent, Joseph Wresinski unveiled a commemorative stone in the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris. On this marble his call is engraved: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” Since then the commemorative stone has become a rallying point for people from all walks of life.

October 17th was declared “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” by the United Nations in 1992. In several countries, on the 17th of each month, people gather to acknowledge the lives and efforts of those living in extreme poverty, and to renew their commitment to join them in their struggle.

Since the York Region event has been held, from 2005, it has evolved from a milk-box and now offers opportunities for singers, composers, musicians and other performers to play original work on a stage and at the same time keeps the message of ending poverty alive beyond just Oct 17.

In 2008 Newmarket town council approved officially endorsing the day and agreed to a permanent marker on site at Fairy Lake Park with regional council representative John Taylor unveiling the plaque with its own commemorative rock – representative of the stone statue France along with Mayor Tony Van Bynen.

2012’s York Region event will again offer free hot fresh food and some information booths / pamphlets including information from the Legal Clinic of York Region, PACC, Freedom 90, The Housing Help Centre, York Region Food Network, Kimmys Aboriginal Krafts and Make Poverty History.

In 2012 the event again features hot free food as well as a presentation from ” Options for Homes” which develops condos that include low income earners as well The Housing Help Centre and ID Clinic will be there alongside the York Region Legal Clinic, Freedom 90, PACC, York Region Food Network, Kimmy’s Krafts – aboriginal crafts/art / drumming – Make Poverty History and other related information will be available as well phone numbers with messaging systems for the homeless or phoneless and are being given out at no charge.

A main-stage features an open-mic ongoing for anyone with a message to share and main-stage performers after 6:30 PM. for chosen performers doing pieces relating to poverty. The line-up is quickly filling with poets to hip hop artists to singer / guitar players to children singers to comedians.

Performers wishing to come up must check in at the main-stage or arrange in advance to ensure your spot.

Admission is all free.

tpeproductions@gmail.com for performer contact.

This link shows video from 2010 event – http://youtu.be/DG0Dyd3QD5E
For more info or to donate or set up a booth call 289-221-0928 or email by povertyacc@gmail.com


Behind the Curtains…with the performers…on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
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Oct 17 is marked around the world as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty including being recognized by the United Nations. The Poverty Action fo…

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