RELIGIOUS SOCIAL ACTION COALITION NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Posted - October 23, 2019
Posted - October 23, 2019
Posted - October 15, 2019
Al Noor Mosque, St. John’s, NL was the site of informed presentations, engaged conversations and generous hospitality on Saturday, October 12th as faith-based leaders, 7 electoral candidates of St. John’s East and St. John’s-Mount Pearl and some 80 people gathered to further their thoughts, questions and decision-making concerning faith-based social justice concerns and the upcoming election on October 21, 2019. Sponsored by the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANAL), Anglican East NL and the Religious Social Action Coalition (RSAC), Dr. Ayse Akintuck, Coordinator, welcomed all, introduced the program and guest speakers. Naming the Al Noor Mosque as a safe environment for all, she requested respectful behaviour in all of our deliberations. Everyone honoured this request.
After an address of welcome by Dr. Syed Mansoor Pirzada, President of MANAL, the Very Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy (Coordinator, RSAC), the Rev. David Burrows (Anglican Priest, Church of the Ascension and a RSAC Director), and Dr. Ayse Akintuck (MANAL) provided insightful information on the social justice concerns of poverty, refugees and Islamophobia, concluding with a related question to our electoral candidates (Nick Whalen, Liberal; Jack Harris, NDP; Joedy Wall, Conservative and David Peters, Green Party - St. John’s East; Benjamin Ruckpaul, People’s Party; Anne Marie Anonson, NDP and David Jones, Christian Heritage Party - St. John’s South – Mount Pearl). Each electoral candidate was assigned 5 minutes to respond to the posed questions. A “question and answer” period followed for the audience and electoral candidates. Related materials and the multi-faith “Golden Rule”, referred to as a core faith-based conviction, were distributed to each candidate and event participant – many expressed appreciation for the visual, enlightening “Golden Rule” poster. The event ended with generous and taste-full refreshments, hosted by MANAL, which provided the opportunity for lively conversation among faith-based leaders, electoral candidates and participants.
The “event” photos provide visual images of the multi-faith nature of the event, together with the diversity and engagement of candidates and participants. We express sincere appreciation to MANAL for their effective leadership and gracious hospitality for this Open House event.
Marion Pardy, Coordinator, RSAC
Posted - September 17, 2019
“HALF A BISCUIT” IS NOT ENOUGH -
Letter to Editor
(Letter published in The Telegram, St. John’s, NL, Saturday, July 27, 2019)
“The Other Coast” comic strip, The Telegram, St. John’s, July 22, 2019.
Public Notice -
The RSACNL hosted a “Table” at the Diversity Fair, Sunday, September 22nd. Marion Pardy, George Powell and Veeresh Gadag staffed the “Table” and spoke to people about poverty elimination in relation to the upcoming federal election and distributed related materials. Jack Harris (NDP Candidate Seeking Election) visited and took time to chat with us.
'Dignity for All’ challenges next federal government to end poverty in Canada. Church for Vancouver: February 18, 2015
25 years since Canada vowed to end child poverty, where are we now? By Irene Ogrodnick - Global News: November 24, 2014
N.L.’s food insecurity dramatically reduced: study. By Josh Pennell - The Telegram: June 9, 2014
RSACNL Open Letter to the Premier. February 24, 2014
Minimum Wage Letter to Minister King February 24, 2014
RSACNL PRESS RELEASE. November 7, 2013
Pressing the Anit-Poverty Pledge. April 5, 2011
Poverty in Canada. Huffington Post: April 5, 2011
The Rise of Canada's Richest 1%. By Armine Yalnizyan - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: December, 2010
Minimum Wage Letter to The Editor. By Leslie Lynn Kenny - TheTelegram: May 9, 2006
To Advance Your Cause - A Respectful Response to the Poverty Reduction Task Force from the Religious Social Action Coalition