Ways to get involved in the Make Poverty History campaign
- Celebrate White Band Days 2006
Join thousands worldwide by organizing events for global white band Days: September 16 to October 17.
- Band together
Order a bunch of white wristbands by going to www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/whiteband.html. Collect a group of people to help flood your community with white bands, --hit the malls, libraries, markets, schools, clubs, parks, festivals, places of worship, and other community spaces. Set a target, then plan to reach it, for contacts near you, go to: www.makepovertyistory.ca/en/regional-contacts
- Wrap it up
Wrap a building with a big white band. Order white Make Poverty History barrier tape from the website, get local businesses to help you make one, or sew old bed sheets together.
- Stick with it
Give campaign stickers and posters to everyone you know and plaster them in places where they'll get noticed. Contact: email@example.com
- Spread the word
Organize a town hall meeting, a discussion group, and a study circle - any way for people to come together and learn about Make Poverty History. Take a Make Poverty History sign-on sheet, and get names, email addresses and postal codes. Download from www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/resources/mph-sign-on-sheet.pdf
- Get political
Download the political action kit and talk to your Member of Parliament. Go to your MP's public events and set up a meeting. Urge them to remove export subsidies, raise child tax benefits, ensure we give more and better foreign aid and cancel debt unconditionally. For ideas and resources, to: www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/resources/politicalaction/index.html
- Host a banner
Host our banner on your website. Download at: www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/banners.html
- Counsel the council
Urge your City Council or Mayor to pass a resolution endorsing the Make Poverty History campaign. Halifax did so in 2005, as did Barrie, Ontario; what about your town?
- Take it outside
Organize a campaign crew to head to a busy park on the weekend, a street fair or community BBQ. Hand out the campaign platform and invite people to sign postcards to the Prime Minister. Go to: www.makepovertyhistory.ca/e/platform.html
- Jazz it up
Set up a Make Poverty History table at a music festival or concert. Collect sign-ons and distribute white wristbands and postcards. Ask performers to wear the white band, as musicians did at the 2006 East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown.
- Screen it
Get a copy of the star-studded click ad and get it shown around your community - at movie theatres, libraries, cable television stations, schools, sporting events, concerts, festivals, community gatherings, places of worship. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell the world
Write and submit articles about the campaign to local newspapers, community magazines, club bulletins, your favourite web zines, or start a blog about how you are helping to Make Poverty History.
- Volunteer locally or internationally
Scarboro Missions sponsors a website with interesting information on many groups that need volunteers. Visit: www.interchange.ca
- Buy fair trade products
Look for the "Fair Trade Certified" label or Fair Trade Federation logo.
- Donate to nongovernmental organization (NGO's) working at home or abroad.
The above was adapted from material available on the Make Poverty History website.