Edmonton to Join in Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Womens-MarchIn the spirit of diversity, equality and inclusivity, Canadians across the country will rally in the United States and over 20 countries on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The recent U.S. election is a reminder for all of us that the rights, freedoms, and sense of safety we cherish are not to be taken for granted. We will gather to say loudly and clearly that we will not tolerate discrimination, and that we will stand in support of all those who have been (and continue to be) the targets of hatred and closed minds. By marching and rallying in solidarity on January 21, 2017, we are saying that we intend to remain vigilant, here in our country to ensure that the hard-fought gains that have been achieved are not reversed or diluted.

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Streets Alive Mission Delivers Christmas “Goodie Bags of Love” in Lethbridge

Streets-Alive-logoLocal Lethbridge businesses shared the true spirit of Christmas by donating items and stuffing 400 “Goodie Bags of Love” for people in need this holiday season. On December 14th, 25 volunteers from Zero Gravity Cranes & Rigging Inc., My Automotive, Lealta Building Supplies, Russell Grain & Cattle, Lone Pine Embroidery, and Sun Dental Group donated the “goodies” and gave back to the community by volunteering their time to assemble 400 Christmas goodie bags for Streets Alive Mission clients. Hayley Feter from Zero Gravity Cranes & Rigging Inc. says, “Each year we try and find an organization here in town that inspires us. A while back I had a chance to volunteer on the Streets Alive bus and it sparked my interest in Streets Alive. This organization is inspiring, important to our community and the work they do is so incredibly hard.” She added, “ We want to give back to this community and this organization that works tirelessly behind the scenes.”

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Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Launches the “Lift Her Up” Campaign in Support of Women in Politics

lift her up campaignThe Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has created a campaign “Lift her Up”, to counter the misogynist rallying cry heard on the steps of the Alberta legislature last weekend. Contrary to the copy-cat cries to “Lock her Up” , we know – based on a survey conducted earlier this year, that most men in Alberta agree that sexist, violent language and the sexualization of women in media and popular culture helps to legitimize violence against women”. In fact, we have seen improvements in men’s attitudes about violence against women over the last four years, according to a study conducted for ACWS by Leger Marketing. Shelter directors gathered in Edmonton for their December meeting voiced the concern about the effect these hateful messages have on our province’s boys and girls. 

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ACT Alberta Study on Labour Trafficking in Edmonton Released — “Canada is a cold jail”

human-trafficking EdmontonThe final report of the study, “Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword” has officially been released. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, and service providers, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton. This study found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.

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