About Us

Our Values

WTEP strives to be a safe and accountable space in which relationships are based on trust, consideration, humanity, inclusive behavior, and compassion.

We recognize the importance of diversity, lived experiences of poverty, intersectionality and anti-racism.

We value education and learning, shared responsibilities and participation, social occasions, fun and laughter.

We Believe That

  • Charity does not solve the root causes of poverty
  • To understand the root causes of poverty we need to examine our society from many different perspectives including but not limited to: gender, race, class, ability, age and sexual orientation
  • Diverse voices of lived experiences need to be center to making change
  • The concentration of wealth in a few hands, locally and globally, and the continued existence of patriarchal and classist attitudes and practices are fundamental causes of poverty
  • Working for permanent systemic changes in our political, economic and social systems to improve the lives of those living in poverty benefits everyone

To have and have not – that’s the system’ – Graffitti in London, England

Our Demands

  • Affordable Housing, social housing, mixed tenancy and co-op housing programs
  • Stronger protection for tenants and rent control
  • Universal accessible childcare

We all have the right to the dignity and autonomy afforded by a healthy and safe home. WTEP

  • Living wages for all, including those living on social assistance
  • Quality support for the most vulnerable in our society so they can live fulfilling lives
  • Redistribution of wealth through tax reform so that corporations and the very wealthy pay their fair share
  • Electoral reform in Alberta – proportional representation

‘We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, affliction, or infamy. We kill when, because it is easier, we countenance, or pretend to approve of atrophied social, political, educational, and religious institutions, instead of resolutely combating them.’

Herman Hesse

Our History and Activities

  • WTEP was formed in early 2008 by women who met during the Poverty Talks Project (originally met as Women Together Ending Poverty (WTEP)
  • In 2018, we worked to become more inclusive of people with diverse gender identities. Hence our membership welcomes all who identify as women and non-binary. To reflect this change our name is now We’re Together Ending Poverty (WTEP)
  • We develop our mission, beliefs and demands around focusing our work on a range of issues and activities
  • WTEP has organized a number of workshops: affordable housing, tenant’s rights, the capitalist economy and economic equity, artificial austerity in Alberta, Guaranteed Annual Income (GAT); racism, classism and other forms of oppression; the former flat tax system in Alberta
  • WTEP organized two anti-poverty petition campaigns and launched these with an IWD rally
  • WTEP has spoken to the media, to government, in classrooms and at an number of rallies; and have written statements on a range of issues, eg. the criminalization of poverty
  • WTEP has collaborated with other organizations in a variety of initiatives: The Women Rising Conference, Fairer Taxes Alberta Network and the fight for $15/hr wage campaign
  • WTEP has participated in art-making projects
  • WTEP assisted with The Women Rising Conference
  • WTEP produced a video called Stories from the Shelter which was viewed at the All Our Sisters conference in Ontario
  • WTEP recently participated in a stakeholder discussion on issues impacting low income women hosted by the Alberta Status of Women in 2018
  • WTEP members are active participants in the Renters’ Action Movement (RAM) and the Calgary Anti-Oppression Network

WTEP Meetings

Join us the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:45 pm

Meeting locations are announced via email and are currently on Zoom

We welcome all who self-identify as women, trans and non-binary

We promote communication through our facebook page and this website