January 08th, 2021
Human Rights, racism, COVID 19
This is a time of craziness we can feel it in the air. On the one hand I have a dear friend with jail time because she defended her right to walk on the property of her day care that she founded and ran for 17 years. Three self proclaimed white trustees decided they owned the land and brought a case against her! Land seems to represent power and investment, while millions of people have no roofs over their heads. They call it homelessness here in Canada as people move to cities and can't afford rent. In South Africa, where my friend lives in Masiphumelele, the settlement is growing as people desperately move to Cape Town to try to find work. They live in cramped quarters in shacks, yes even with COVID. There are regular fires, the last being in December losing over 1000 houses. People are literarily sleeping under cardboard while the city organises temporary shelter. Fortunately my friend's house remains intact even though her life is in chaos because of racism. The surrounding suburban folks, mostly white, are uncomfortable to say the least. They wonder why 'these people' want to live in their neighborhoods.
At last something we can do for the great turning of our times!