SOLIDARITY WITH COMMUNITY ACTION
The Women's Centre of Montreal wishes to express its solidarity with the movement initiated by FRACA Montreal to signal the urgency of putting an end to the underfunding of the community sector. More than 1,400 autonomous community action organizations will unite their voices and take part in a rotating wave of actions, strikes and shutdowns.
Why is it important to take action?
The health crisis has demonstrated the front-line role that the community plays in meeting the needs of the population. After two trying years of adapting and tenaciously getting through the pandemic, exhaustion, underfunding and staff shortages are weakening the work teams which are making the future of these essential organizations uncertain which, among other , feed the homeless, shelter abused women and children, defend the rights of people living with a mental health problem or who, like the Centre, fight against food insecurity, accompany indigenous women and support women victims of different forms of violence.
What are the demands?
Independent community action organizations are asking for their autonomy to be respected, an additional recurring and indexed investment of $460 million to adequately fund the fulfillment of their mission by the 2022 budget, as well as concrete actions for social justice.