How We Take Action
Every day, people leave Work & Income feeling humiliated and harassed because the current welfare system is complex and unfair. Successive governments have cut benefits but failed to create decent jobs. The narrow focus on pushing people into paid work, any job at any cost to their welfare, has created a culture which punishes people for being unemployed.
We don’t accept that this is the way things have to be.
Instead, we stand up, speak out and fight back through street actions, pickets and demonstrations.
If you would like to get involved in our actions, sign up to our supporter list by clicking on the 'get involved' button.
Tourettes and the PCP Eagles will be among the acts to play a May Day benefit gig for Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP). They will be joined by Louie Knuxx, Gina’s Revenge and the Vietnam War.
Details of the gig are as follows:
MAY DAY AAAP BENEFIT SHOW:
Whammy Bar, Friday 1 May, doors – 8.30pm
$15 waged/$10 unwaged
Tickets are available on the door (if not sold out) and through undertheradar:
Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey – Tourettes is a poet who writes about politics, childhood and his girlfriend (mostly his girlfriend). He's released two poetry books and four studio albums and has just finished his first novel.
Louie Knuxx - Louie Knuxx is a member of art collective YGB, he's toured the world and has lots of tattoos. His second album PGT/GRR is out now.
Gina's Revenge - Gina's Revenge are four ladies and a gentleman from AK City who play Rock n Roll music. Former members of Rebelles, Wildwood Lights and Wolfie play songs to drink, dance and be a brat to.
The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War are currently working on a new album to follow up their self-titled debut, widely regarded as the best album of 2012.
PCP Eagles – PCP Eagles grew up in Punk Rock City and spend most of their time at Whammy and New Flavour. The follow up EP to 2013’s I Hate The Mall is out soon.
AAAP are holding a protest at John Key's post-budget lunch speech to business leaders at Sky City on May 22nd.
Key and co. are arriving for 12pm so let’s make sure we're there to give them our policy recommendations first hand. The business elite aren’t the only people in our society who should have their reactions to the 2015 Budget heard.
Facebook event details here:
Why the Budget?
Year after year, the Nats have shown their commitment to promoting the interests of the rich while beneficiaries, low paid workers and students pay the price.
We know this Government's budget will again have no solution to the poverty affecting thousands of New Zealander's. We’d love to see decent job creation, support for education and students, higher benefit payment rates, a living wage and policies that promote social security as a right. That won't happen. Come protest.
See you there.
There will be pre workshop snacks provided from 5.30-6pm.
Please RSVP if coming for food. firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop will run from 6-7.30pm.
This workshop will focus on different ways in which we think about power as activists including the role of parliament, civil society and capital.
These institutions will be looked at and we will explore models for viewing the power and how we create change.
Workshop will be facilitated by Oliver Christeller.
We will provide light food from 5.30-6pm. For catering purposes please RSVP via email, email@example.com if you're planning on coming for food.
The workshop will run from 6-7.30pm.
Auckland Action Against Poverty move from the streets to the stage, hosting a Fundraiser Gig next month. Street Chant and LarzRanda will be joined on-stage by Tourettes, Rackets, Cool Runnings and SoccerPractise.
“AAAP have a history of attracting talented musicians to take part in our fundraisers – but also our actions with Street Chant performing 'There is no recession in NZ' at last year's 'Block the National Party' protest',” says AAAP coordinator, Sarah Thompson.
“Tourettes has also taken it to the streets with us, including this year at our 'Crash the (National) party' protest where he performed 'John Key's Son's a DJ'”
“Music and carnival are great ways of making protests powerful.
“We are grateful to these fantastic musicians for offering their time and talent both on the streets, and for our upcoming fundraiser at the Kings Arms.
“In addition to pushing for systemic change through action, AAAP work with over 1,000 families and individuals each year ensuring they receive their full welfare entitlements.
“Activist groups like ours have few sources of funding for our work, so this fundraising gig will be an enormous help to us, our activism and advocacy work.”
Details of the gig are as follows:
From the street to the stage – AAAP fundraiser gig
Kings Arms, Newton, Friday 6 November, doors – 8pm
$15 waged/$10 unwaged
Street Chant - https://streetchant.bandcamp.com/
LarzRanda (Mainard Larkin) - https://larzranda.bandcamp.com/
Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey – https://tourettesone.bandcamp.com/
Cool Runnings - https://cool-runnings.bandcamp.com/
SoccerPractise - https://soundcloud.com/soccerpractise
This is a CALL TO ACTION. It's time to make some collective noise about the housing crisis. We're going make it known, from Glen Innes, to the richest suburbs of Aotearoa.
Come along and bring your friends, whānau, flatmates and anyone you know who is struggling with the lack of affordable housing- that should be nearly everyone you know.
Toddlers are dying in unfit homes, homelessness in Auckland city is exploding, state tenants are being evicted, emergency housing providers are full to capacity, private rents are skyrocketing. We have a Government that insists the market can provide us affordable housing, but the facts on the ground tell us different. "The market" is forcing many onto the streets.
Join us to affirm the right to housing. Everyone deserves a home.
Check out www.hikoiforhomes.co.nz for more information on times and transport options!!
Facebook info here
Hikoi for Homes will be run by CPAG with support from many other community members and organisations, including AAAP, Unite Union and First Union.
OUR KAUPAPA: Housing is a basic human need and access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing should be seen a human right. This means that our society and more specifically the State has an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing. We believe that this obligation means that housing needs to be considered as more than a commodity whose allocation is decided entirely by markets and the profit motive.
Start location: 12pm - Glen Innes Railway Station (GI) and will end at Orakei Domain. Alternatively, you can join us at the corner of Kepa Road and Coates Avenue at approx. 2pm. The full walk will take approx 3-4 hours.
- An Immediate stop and to the sell-off of state and council housing
- A $1 billion annual budget for the provision of more state, public and not for profit housing
- Setting minimum standards for all rented housing
- Greater tenure protection for tenants
- Rent freeze for five years
- A statutory right to be housed
- State subsidies for modest income homeownership programmes
More information and details to come - please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you interested in getting involved.
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On 6 December National are holding their annual Christmas Party in West Auckland.
We're calling on you to help us cancel the (National) party.
4.15pm Sunday 6 December
Croatian Cultural Society Hall, McLeod Road, Te Atatu
Help us tell John Key and his friends we’ve had enough of:
- Benefits too low to live on
- A brutally toxic Work & Income culture perpetrated from the top down
- The homelessness crisis in Auckland which gets worse by the day
THE PARTY'S OVER - TIME FOR A CHANGE
All friends, supporters and activists welcome. Please share the facebook event.
Join us for a peaceful protest to take a stand against the sanctions on sole parents.
These sanctions impose a weekly sanction of $22 or more on beneficiary sole mothers who have not identified the father of their child. This sanction (in its current form of Section 70A of the Social Security Act) is putting into further hardship families already struggling to survive. Every year, $25,000,000 a year is taken from solo parents through Section 70A sanctions.
We have campaigned on this issue for years, and the Labour Party agreed to remove sanctions on sole parents if elected into Government last year. So far there has been no clear timeline or commitment on when these sanctions are going to end.
We're calling for an immediate end to punitive sanctions on solo parents. Not in a year or three years time, but now.
It will take the voices of community groups and people like you to get the Government to take action on this issue. With housing costs reaching a high and homelessness figures continuing to rise our poorest communities can't afford to be left without enough to eat and pay their bills this Winter.
We'll be meeting outside of Jacinda Ardern's electoral office at 12pm. There'll be speeches, chants, and baked goods!