Saturday, October 25, 2014
Let's get united for survival! ～ 300 gather for Oct. 12 Anti-Poverty National Rally
The 2014 Anti-Poverty National Rally was held on Oct. 12 in Tokyo. The slogan for the rally this year was “Let's get connected for survival!” The morning program was composed of a get-together for exchanges among affiliate groups of the anti-poverty national network and a film show of “Metro Ladies Blues Part 2” and “Occupy Wall Street 2011.” In the afternoon, the participants shared views and opinions in a symposium and discussions held in the World Café style that followed. The venue was filled with some 300 people. (By Web Editorial Staff)
The preparatory committee for the Anti-Poverty Network organized the first rally in March, 2007. We organized the Tent City for the Jobless over the new year holidays of 2008-2009 in a park in the central Tokyo. Local branches of the Anti-Poverty Network were established all over the country later on. We realized that the anti-poverty movement was expanding across the country steadily, if not rapidly. We have to make more efforts to move forward. Though media coverage has decreased, it does not mean that the anti-poverty movement has stagnated. The reports presented in the rally clearly showed the expansion of the movement. I was encouraged to hear the enthusiastic discussions today. I felt a little uplifted and, in fact, was near to tears. (Tweets by KAWAZOE Makoto, a caretaker of the Anti-Poverty Network)
* Photo: The venue was full of enthusiastic participants.