November 18, 2014 was ACORN Canada’s National Day of Action to Close the Digital Divide! Members were out in force to demand $10/month Internet for people below the low-income measure, plus subsidized computers.
From doing homework to getting tax forms the Internet is a basic part of life that many low-income families can't afford!
Halifax - ACORN members confirmed a meeting with Eastlink executives to discuss creating an affordable product for low-income families. Further, a group ACORN leaders delivered a letter to Bell, demanding a meeting – to follow Rogers, TELUS and now Eastlink’s example and come to the table!
Toronto - Members took action at a Bell store on Yonge Street to deliver a letter demanding a meeting. It was a spirited action with great leadership from member Kelly Lalande!
Ottawa - 25 members held a “wifi–in” outside the Shaw Centre! Member Gisele Bouvier had created mock laptops listing needs for the Internet, which caught the eye of the press and passersby.
Surrey - BC ACORN members went to the Shaw office in Surrey to demand a meeting about expanding the free wifi program in public locations to include low income people living in public housing in the 40 locations where the program is available. Members brought a desktop computer to show that the new program falls short for those who can only afford secondhand/outdated technology. ACORN leader Tabitha Naismith headed up the action and did press interviews.
All ACORN members were excited about the next day of action … coming soon!