Media Advisory - Community Forum Investigates Recession's Impact and Defense of the Public Interest

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ -

    What:  The Recession Relief Fund Coalition is hosting a Community Forum -
    -----  "We're All In This Together": Defending The Public Interest During
           the Recession.

    The purpose of the Forum is to discuss a) the effects of recession on poor
people, families, working people, and communities--and the agencies and
organizations who serve them; b) the strategies being employed to address
these effects; and c) possibilities for future collaboration and action.

    Who:   Forum panelists include:
           NAOMI KLEIN (author of The Shock Doctrine)
           UZMA SHAKIR (from The Colour of Poverty Campaign)
           GAIL NYBERG (from The Daily Bread Food Bank)
           PEGGY NASH (from the CAW and Good Jobs for All Coalition)

    Forum participants will be sharing experiences and stories from the floor.
Front-line staff and executives from social service agencies, representatives
from philanthropic organizations, social service users, activists, labour
union members, and academics will be in attendance.

    Why:   As not-for-profit social agencies strain to meet increasing need
    ----   with less funding, there is growing concern that governments'
           economic stimulus packages are doing more to serve the interests
           of corporate CEOs than address immediate social needs. The
           desperate struggles of those hardest hit by the recession are
           inspiring increased activism around issues of poverty, labour,
           health, human rights, housing, food security, and equity (among
           others), as people attempt to redirect their governments'
           attention to serving the public interest. The Recession Relief
           Fund Coalition is a Toronto-based National Coalition of more than
           230 organizations across the country that are concerned about the
           recession's impact on Canada's most vulnerable people. The
           Coalition is dedicated to keeping Canada's governments accountable
           to Canadians by ensuring that the needs of those suffering from
           the recession's effects are adequately addressed.

    When:  April 28, 2009 3-5pm

    Where: Multi-Faith Centre, U of T: 569 Spadina Ave., Toronto

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Crowe at (416) 324-5069

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