News Advisory - Canadians Join Millions Around the World to "Stand Up and Speak Out" To Make Poverty History



    OTTAWA, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - October 17th is the International Day for
the Eradication of Poverty. Millions of people around the world, thousands of
Canadians among them, will mark the occasion by taking part in a "Stand Up and
Speak Out" to make poverty history event.
    Last year, "Stand Up and Speak Out" brought 23.5 million people to their
feet on the same day, including 49,000 Canadians. That set a Guinness World
Record for the largest coordinated mobilization in history. This year's
turnout aims to break that record.
    Why stand up against poverty? Participants reject all excuses for a world
where 50,000 people die every day as a result of extreme poverty. More than a
hundred such events across Canada on the 16th and 17th coincide with the
federal Speech From the Throne and will call on Prime Minister Harper to live
up to Canada's commitments to the UN Millennium Goals and to Make Poverty
History. And we can easily do more - Canada's budget surplus hit $14 billion
dollars at the end of March, 2007.
    The Make Poverty History National Office will hold a "Stand Up and Speak
Out" event on 12:30pm, October 16th 2007 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Speakers will include Phil Fontaine, National Chief, Assembly of First
Nations, Maude Barlow, Chairperson, the Council of Canadians, Jane Rumball,
World Champion Rower, and Gerry Barr, Chair of Make Poverty History. Other
Canadian events will happen on October 17th.
    "Stand Up and Speak Out" is organized by local Make Poverty History
groups and other grass roots groups across Canada. Make Poverty History is
part of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), the world's largest
anti-poverty coalition, made up of national campaigns in over 100 countries.
The 8 Goals campaign is part of the UN Millennium Campaign led by youth in 30
countries round the world. In Canada, over a quarter of a million people have
signed on to the campaign.

    For a listing of Stand Up and Speak Out events across Canada go to
www.standagainstpoverty.org/events/ca.

    For details on the Millennium Goals go to http://8goals.ca/site//node/3




For further information:

For further information: Peter Puxley, Media Relations, Make Poverty
History, (613) 241-7007 ext. 311, ppuxley@ccic.ca; www.makepovertyhistory.ca

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