GGAPSS annual donation

Hey babes,

Some have been asking what we did with our seasonal donation.  Well we?ve decided to call
it an annual donation instead, and work to raise money at our talent show which will be
coming up soon.  GGAPSS will match the amount raised by the grads and faculty at this
event.  Below is a list of your ideas with a blurb about each organisation.  Thanks for
sending those in.

Please review the options below and vote for your preference at:

You have until the 5th of February to get there.

Xox Mia

*** Doctors without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international
medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed
conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more
than 70 countries.  In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides essential health
care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics,
carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children,
and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean
drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting.
Through longer-term programs, MSF treats patients with infectious diseases such as
tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS, and provides medical and psychological
care to marginalized groups such as street children.

*** No One Is Illegal

Works to secure the rights of the 200,000 – 500,000 non-status people living and working
in Canada. /No One is Illegal (Toronto)/ is a group of immigrants, refugees and allies
who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We believe
that granting citizenship to a privileged few is part of a racist immigration and border
policy designed to exploit and marginalize migrants. We work to oppose these policies, as
well as the international economic policies that create the conditions of poverty and war
that force migration. At the same time, we also work to support and build alliances with
our Indigenous brothers and sisters in their fight against colonialism, displacement and
the ongoing occupation of their land.  Examples of work: Helping to establish service
centres for migrants living in Toronto; and working with the Toronto Schoolboard and City
of Toronto to establish a “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy (to improve access to
undocumented families/workers to basic health care and education).

*** Street Health

Street Health is a non-profit community-based agency providing physical and mental health
programs to homeless and underhoused individuals in the southeast core of Toronto. Our
work is focused on the neighbourhood around Dundas and Sherbourne Streets, which has the
largest concentration of homeless shelters and drop-in centres in Canada. The area is
also distinguished by a large number of rooming houses and other forms of low income
housing. Our services include outreach nursing, mental health support and case
management, HIV/AIDS prevention, a secure mail service, identification replacement,
clothing and sleeping bag distribution, and support for those with Hepatitis C and
prevention strategies for those at risk for the disease.

*** Justicia for Migrant Workers

(J4MW) strives to promote the rights of seasonal Caribbean and Mexican migrant workers
that annually participate in the federal government’s Caribbean & Mexican Seasonal
Agricultural Workers Program (known as SAWP). The J4MW collective is motivated by
experiences shared and lessons learned from migrant farm workers over the course of more
than three years of community outreach in rural Ontario. As allies, activists and friends
we believe migrant workers deserve work with dignity and respect!  J4MW is a volunteer
driven political non-profit collective comprised of committed activists from diverse
walks of life (including labour activists, educators, researchers, students and youth of
colour) based in Toronto, Ontario, and now in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We are
engaged in this work alongside our personal commitments and numerous social justice

***The Ardoch Algonquin First Nations & Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium

The provincial and federal government have permitted uranium mining to go ahead including
onto unceded First Nations territory, despite a protest campaign launched by the Ardoch
First Nations and the Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium.  Ardoch Algonquin First
The /Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium /(CCAMU) is a group of concerned citizens
from the greater Ottawa Valley and Kingston area, who have come together to prevent a
uranium mine in Frontenac and Lanark region.  A uranium exploration company has staked
and claimed 30,000 acres of land at the headwaters of the Mississippi water system, which
feeds the Ottawa River. Scientific experts and history tells us that if a uranium mine
were developed in this region it would be a serious environmental and public health

***Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is Toronto?s leader in the fight against hunger. Each month we
serve over 75,000 people in the GTA through our network of 160 member agencies and over
190 food relief programs. Our agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to
access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such
as soups or casseroles.  By supporting Daily Bread – through a food donation during a
food drive, a financial gift, volunteering on the annual survey or a special event, or by
contacting your local politician about hunger in our communities – you are supporting the
goal of a society in which everyone has enough food to eat.

***Tyendinaga Support Committee

This group in Toronto is working to gather support for the dropping of charges against
Shawn Brant, spokesperson for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.  Released on bail after
spending two months in pre-trial custody, Shawn is currently facing a total of 9 charges
in relation to two blockades, one in April 2007, and the other as part of the Aboriginal
National Day of Action on June 29, 2007. Included in these charges are 6 “mischief”
charges, which the Crown has elected to proceed on by indictment. The Ottawa-based Crown,
Robert Morrison, has indicated that he intends to seek a minimum of 2 years imprisonment
per charge, for a minimum sentence of 12 years in a federal penitentiary. In the
meantime, the reclamation of the quarry and the fight for the return of the Culbertson
Tract to Mohawks of Tyendinaga – the land that lies at the heart of the recent blockades
and actions – continues to hold strong. Tyendinaga Mohawks have long established a
permanent presence on the former quarry site, with dozens of trailers and families living
on the land on a fulltime basis. People are currently making preparations for a long,
cold winter. Funds raised will be split between Shawn Brant’s legal costs, and the
purchase of materials needed to winterize the Quarry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.


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