*TORONTO** DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE *
*HOUSING NOT WAR: **Rally & Press Conference*
*12:00 noon – Thursday, February 7, 2008*
*King & University* *Toronto*
At the Toronto office of Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, demand HOUSING NOT WAR:
Stop the Afghan War!
Shift funding from record-high military spending to peace – an extra 1% for housing!
The Federal government is choosing to fight a counter-insurgency war in Afghanistan, spending *$100 million per month* to fight a war a large majority of people in Canada don’t want. This is the Afghan War’s 7th year.
At home, a decade after *Canada’s ten largest cities declared homelessness a “national disaster”*, the government continues to ignore the solution: a national housing program. We are the only industrialized country without one. The government continues to ignore the 1% solution: an extra 1% of the budget for social housing (doubling funding to $4B). *300 000 people*experiencing homelessness every year doesn’t seem to mean much to them. Neglected, the disaster has only worsened* with more suffering and deaths.
Over the same decade, military spending has increased 69% to $18.2B or 8.5% of the budget. In constant dollars, it is the highest since WWII.
*The government cannot justify wasting billions on war while neglecting the housing crisis.*
Public pressure wins relief for people made homeless by government policies.
Public pressure kept us out of the Iraq War.
Since we launched just over 2 months ago, over *125 organizations and thousands of individuals* have joined together to demand Housing Not War. We have to build more pressure.
*At 12 noon on Thursday, February 7, 2008, rally at the Toronto office of Jim Flaherty, the Federal Finance Minister – demand Housing Not War!*