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Ward 3 City Councillor Matthew Green was one of a number of poverty experts and advocates that took part in "Poverty, Advocacy, and Municipal Elections," a recent event hosted by the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative.

Poverty, advocacy and the municipal election: “Get informed and be prepared to vote”

A recent event hosted by the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative brought together poverty experts and advocates to discuss the impacts of poverty and how citizens can learn more about this important issue before heading to the polls on Oct. 22.

Oct 05, 2018

When it comes to advocating for poverty reduction in the upcoming municipal election, learn about the issues, learn about the candidates, and above all, get involved.

That was the message from an event held this week aimed at discussing the impacts of poverty and what citizens can do to both advocate for change in Hamilton, and educate themselves before heading to the polls on October 22.

The event, organized by the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative (MCPI) brought together a number of poverty advocates and experts, as well as Hamilton residents with lived experiences of poverty, to discuss a range of issues from the cancellation of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot, to how to advocate at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

“In terms of advocacy, the most important thing facing you in this moment is the municipal election and I would encourage you to get involved,” MCPI Co-chair Stephanie Baker Collins told McMaster staff, faculty, students and community members who attended the event.

“Be prepared to vote and be prepared to bring out other people to vote,” she continued. “Educate yourself as to who is running in your ward. It’s hard to tell what someone’s plan is from the little card you get in the mail, but it’s easy to look up candidates online to see their plan and what they are supporting.”

Read the full article on McMaster Daily News