Injured Workers are not sleeping at night! How can our elected representatives?
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the overnight vigil organized by the Women of Inspiration injured workers’ group. The overnight vigil will be held the evening of May 31st, to kick off this year’s annual June 1st Injured Workers’ Day events.
Why We Sit Vigil
Back in 2006, members of the Women of Inspiration shared their difficulties sleeping at night. Their physical pain and worries were keeping them awake. Rather than lying sleepless alone at home, the women decided to be sleepless together, where they could make their worries known to the government and the public. The Women continue to be sleepless, 10 years later, and hold vigil to bring awareness to the consequences of workplace injuries and ask for justice for injured workers!
Supporters of all ages are welcome to come by to enjoy a free dinner and cultural gathering of poetry, song, storytelling, and satire, beginning at 7pm (note the new starting time!) on Tuesday, May 31st on the front lawn of Queen’s Park.
7:00 p.m. Food provided by the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization
8:00 p.m. Cultural gathering, which will include:
- The Justice Singers, injured worker choir
- David Newberry, musician and injured worker advocate
- Peter Page, injured worker who will have just arrived from Windsor by bike, for storytelling and song
- Injured workers will read poetry
- A satirical piece about the workers’ compensation system
Bring something to sit on, a blanket or umbrella if needed, and a sleeping bag and flashlight if you are planning to stay the night.
Ways to show support
We understand that not everyone can stay the night. Come out for an hour or two to keep us company and show solidarity. Other support (food, financial, or materials to help keep us comfortable overnight) is welcome. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.