Cross-country actions protesting payday lenders, demanding alternatives

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Tuesday May 3 2016

Media Advisory


Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) Canada



Cross-country actions to call for postal banking as an alternative to predatory payday lenders



Thursday, May 5, 2016 (times are provided for locations below)




Where: Cash Money at 135 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
When: 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Action: Rally
Speakers: Bonnie Barrett, ACORN Canada member; Mike Keefe, 1st Vice President, CUPW Nova local.


Where: Nantucket Room, Dartmouth Sportsplex
When: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Action: Public meeting
Speakers: Tony Rogers, President, CUPW Nova local; Geoff Bickerton, Director of Research, CUPW



Where: Insta-chèques at 449 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest
When: 12:00 noon
Action: Rally
Speakers: Yannick Scott, Education and Organization Officer, Metro Montreal Region, CUPW; ACORN Canada member



Where: Cash Money at 171 Bank Street. March to CUPW National Office at 377 Bank Street
When: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Action: Rally and march 

Speakers at 171 Bank: Gregory Messeroux, ACORN Canada member; Senervil Dorvilus, ACORN Canada member; Yacoub Nader, 1st Vice President, CUPW Ottawa local

Speakers at 377 Bank: Mike Palecek, National President, CUPW; Denis Lemelin, National Union Representative, CUPW; Catherine McKenney, Councillor, Somerset Ward; Brenda McAuley, National President, Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association



Where: Money Mart Corporate Headquarters at 703 Evans Avenue
When: Noon
Action: Rally
Speakers: Donna Borden, ACORN Canada spokesperson; Pam Taschuk, Campaign Co-ordinator, CUPW                     



Where: Money Mart at 2595 Commercial Drive (corner of Commercial and East 10th Avenue)
When: 2:00 p.m.
Action: Rally
Speakers: Dave Bleakney, 2nd National Vice President, CUPW; ACORN Canada  member


May 4th event as well:

What:   Fair Banking Public Forum
Where: UFCW building at 350 Columbia Street in New Westminster
When:  6:00 p.m. 


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For media interviews or further information, please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications – or 613-327-1177.