From the Child Poverty Action Group:
Bare Your Soles For Child Poverty
The public, media and politicians are urged to “bare their soles for child poverty” in a rally on Parliament grounds at 1pm on 12 December.
The lunchtime rally is intended to raise awareness of child poverty in New Zealand, with attendees invited to go barefoot to show that its existence is unacceptable. The event will feature interactive art, music from singer-songwriter Louis Baker, and speakers with varied and experienced insights into this issue. It will be non-partisan and child friendly. All New Zealanders have a stake in this issue and we encourage peoples of all ages and backgrounds to show their support.
The rally coincides with the release on 11 December of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Solutions to Child Poverty’s final report. … It is clear that urgent action is required. One in five New Zealand children live in poverty. Children are six times more likely to live in poverty than the elderly. The effects of poverty are most damaging in childhood, often affecting one’s development as an adulthood. Solving child poverty needs to be the highest priority for our government and wider society. Not only are children morally blameless, they are also our future…