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Let's Talk Bell Rally

While Bell acts like a champion of mental health, they jeopardize the wellbeing of prisoners and their families by putting up barriers to communication. 
 
For many prisoners in Canada, phone calls cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month, and collect calls can only be made to people with landlines who have the financial ability to cover the costs. Without family and community support, this can result in isolation, disconnection, poverty, mental health challenges, and suicide - and creates barriers for community reintegration upon release. 
 
With Bell Canada's contract with the Ministry up for renewal this year, community organizations are demanding justice. This "Bell Let's Talk" day, we tell Bell - Let Us Talk! 
 
Rally: Bell Let Us Talk 
Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Location: 120 Adelaide St W
Come on out and bring your signs! Dress warmly.
 
Let's Talk Bell: Panel Discussion & Free Dinner 
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 6 - 8:30 PM
Location: Workers’ Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave.
Panellists:
  • Paige Whiteway, 2-Spirit Activist, Indigenous Program Coordinator
  • Emyle Morgan, Prisoner Rights Activist
  • Lindsay Jennings, Hep C Provincial Coordinator, PASAN
  • Moka Dawkins, Human Rights Activist & Harm Reduction Worker
  • Lydia Dobson, Jail Accountability and Information Hotline
  • Yusuf Faqiri, Brother of Soleiman Faqiri 
Petition: Give Prisoners Access to Free Phones Now! 
We have an online petition at change.org/PrisonPhones - please sign and share it! We also have a paper version that will be read into the Ontario Legislature and the House of Commons - see attached petition that can be printed, filled, and returned to CSSDP Ryerson.
 
This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have questions or require other accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event, please email cssdp@ryerson.ca  
 
This event is organized by Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Ryerson with support from the Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network, Prison Law Program, Historical Materialism Toronto, Unifor National Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, Jack Layton Chair, and Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance

Dates

Starts: 2020-01-29 13:00:00
Ends: 2020-01-29 14:00:00

Starts: 2020-01-29 18:00:00
Ends: 2020-01-29 20:30:00