[HCCN] REMINDER: Come to Poverty Free Maine Convention, October 30 in Augusta
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Wed Oct 20 10:12:07 EDT 2010
Please pass along to others in your group or area. Thanks.
We hope you can come to this important convention and bring others
also. You can register by emailing mlightfootlane at gmail.com or
replying to this email or by calling Jan at 453-2353 or Larry at
525-7776. If you decide at the last minute to come, you can just come
to Jewett Hall at UMA. We can also help with travel expenses if you
Poverty Free Maine Convention
How Maine Can End Poverty by Establishing Economic Human Rights
Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Jewett Hall, Univ. of Maine, Augusta
Sponsored by Maine Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Coalition
If you are low income, we especially want you to come and speak up.
If you are not, we welcome you also as allies to support us.
The MAINE POOR PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION works to
inspire and exact change for the betterment of our lives and
communities by generating a movement that unites the poor and their
allies. Members share a common vision of a society where all have
rights to housing, living wage jobs, health care, quality education,
and other economic human rights.
Maine PPEHRC wants the Maine legislature to adopt and enforce our
Bill of Economic Human Rights (below), which we will ratify at the
Bill of Economic Human Rights for Maine
1) Every individual has a right to have her/his basic needs met, such
* food and clothing
* permanent housing
* health care
* child care
2) Every individual has a right to income to provide the basic needs
of her/his family, through productive employment and/or through
3) Every individual has a right to:
* freedom from discrimination in obtaining her/his basic needs
* seek one's choice of employment
* access to public transportation that supports employment retention
* productive work with equal pay for equal or comparable work at a
* protections against the ill effects of unemployment
* a standard of living that is adequate for security and well-being.
4) Every individual has a right to:
* form and join labor unions and other groups which protect her/his
* bargain collectively on issues such as pay and working conditions
* work in businesses or cooperatives which provide maximum
opportunities for economic democracy
* strike without fear of reprisals.
5) Every individual has a right to education or training to obtain
the skills that allow her/him to participate in and contribute to the
6) Every individual has a right to access financial services,
including, but not limited to, savings or checking accounts, loans
7) Every individual has a right to access quality legal services
regardless of the ability to pay.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:
9:30 AM—Panel Discussion: “Exercising Your Economic Human Rights”
10:45 AM—Participant Feedback and Comments
11:30 AM—Ratification of Bill of Economic Human Rights for Maine
12 Noon—Lunch will be provided (with vegan and vegetarian options)
1:00 PM—Workshop #1
2:30 PM—Workshop #2
4:00 PM—Closing Discussions
(Workshop topics include: Right to free post secondary education,
right to earn a livable wage, right to health care, preventing
homelessness. Attendees will have the opportunity to select which
workshops they would like to attend during morning registration.)
(typing information on this form and replying by email is fine)
Please Check all that Apply:
___I am registering for Poverty-Free Maine Convention, October 30
Registration fee: The event is free; however, donations are greatly
___I need childcare. Please list ages of children.
___I need a ride from_____________________
___I can offer a ride from _________________
Please note any other special accommodations
Return this form, preferably by October 25th, to:
PO Box 105, Fairfield, ME 04937
or email to mlightfootlane at gmail.com
For registration or other questions:
mlightfootlane at gmail.com or call Jan at 453-2353 or Larry at 525-7776.
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