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A MINIMAL ACTION package was delivered at Queen's Park by claude wittmann, on October 30th, 2018. claude gave it directly to NDP MPP critic for social services Lisa Gretzky and her assistant Sara King.

package for MPP Lisa Gretzky

---- what is MINIMAL ACTION 3?

MINIMAL ACTION 3 invites individuals with lived experience of disability+poverty and allies to write a letter to one or several Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs), while positioning themselves in relationship with the reorganization of social assistance currently happening behind doors and without input from the community. Since this process will end on November 8, 2018 with an official announcement, MINIMAL ACTION 3 invites you to write your letter before that day. ("background" information below).

MINIMAL ACTION 3 is a collaboration between a previous action named MINIMAL ACTION 2 and faculty members, Eliza Chandler, Esther Ignani, Kimberlee Collins, Fiona Cheuk, Loree Erickson, and students at the Ryerson School of Disability Studies.

- Melissa Flick
- Anonymous 2
- Rayna Slobodian
- Workman Arts Postcard Project
- claude wittmann
- Chris Ablett
- Sammy do Johnson
- ODSP Action Coalition Scarborough
- KA
- Christine Murphy
- Anonymous 4
- Leena Raudvee
BACKGROUND: On July 31, 2018, Minister Lisa MacLeod announced that she was taking a short 100 days to, in her words, "patch" our social assistance system and "get us back on track" "in the best social assistance program [that] is a job." The 100 days will end with an official announcement on November 8, 2018. After that our lives will be different but we will have had no say. That same July 31st, Minister MacLeod cancelled the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Project, halved a scheduled increase of OW and ODSP rates (we will stay poorer than in 1998), and revoked about 20 other changes to ODSP and OW, which were only a modest step towards respecting our rights.

- poor numbers

- opeds

- CONVENTION ON THE RIGHT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (CPRD): "The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to changeĀ attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as "objects" of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society."

- Australian elder Lilla Watson said: "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. If you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." in Indigenous Actions, 2014

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- Minister of Community and Social Services:
Hon. Lisa MacLeod, 80 Grosvenor Street, 6th Floor, Hepburn Block, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Toronto, ON M7A 1E9
Tel 416-325-5225

- NDP Critic for Social Services:
Lisa Gretzky, Room 172, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto ON M7A 1A5
Tel 416-325-0235; Fax 416-325-0873

- NDP Critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disability:
Joel Harden, Room 328, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A8
Tel 416-326-7648; Fax 416-326-7639

- NDP Critic for Poverty:
Rima Berns-McGown, Room 241 North Wing, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A8
Tel 416-325-2881; Fax 416-325-2780

- NDP Critic for Mental Health and Addictions
Bhutila Karpoche, Room 204, North Wing, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto ON M7A 1A8
Constituency phone: 416-763-5630

- find your own MPP

- letter writing workshops:
--- Ryerson School of Disability Studies, October 10 and 17, 2018
--- Ryerson Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, October 30, 2018, 7-9:30pm

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