Reading the gilets jaunes, building solidarity beyond ‘refugees’, and remembering George H.W. Bush.
I joined doorknocks in old rental apartment blocks to chat with residents, most working class, who had historically and currently suffered the most under Vancouver’s housing crisis. I heard stories of rising rents forcing people out of homes even though they were working two jobs, of inadequate living conditions and of long-term renters being evicted in “renovictions”.
Many liberal outlets have professed shock at how a fascist movement could arrive at the gates of the second largest nation in the Western Hemisphere, while others have fallen into line supporting the new opportunities for business in a conservative-dominated Brazil. However, for the outside observer, it can be difficult to grasp both the seriousness and the danger of this current moment.