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”.
Max and his family wait to see if the island will sink. We too, in an endless stream of information, a material and digital immersion, remain suspended - we wait to see if the iceberg will melt.
Canberra thinks they can get away with it. We’re not going to let this happen. We’re going to fight back for our dignity, our respect, and our livelihoods. Because nothing can stop us when we stand together, as people in poverty.
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.
Empty symbolism is something we see far too often in discussions around mental health in Australia. Don’t get me wrong: awareness is great and all, and the impact stigma and discrimination can have on people's lives is significant and real. But at the end of the day, what we desperately need is a properly funded mental health system