Day 1-Burnaby Mountain

Thanks to support from community, I was able to be here on Burnaby Mountain all day.  Tomorrow at 1030 we go again, maybe see you there?  Seems like more are coming!

I am now taking a break at a friends house, Vince, so I can report from here and, I never found a tent or computer, although, I had some great folks offer to share tarps and the fire, my back is needing to be here and, I am grateful.

I got dry boots and a bus ticket with loads of love and arrived in Vancouver around 750.pm.

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I decided to go to Rose Siccama’s and take her up oh her offer of a couch, seemed kind of late to go to The Mountain not knowing what was happening, so off I went on #8 bus!

Had a great welcome, met her two roomies Dave and Dave.  I got some hamburger soup, lots of nice chilling out, great home!  What a great couch to sleep on as well!  As it turns out, arrests happened last night, many of them friends and allies from Social Housing Alliance!  Representing!

Next morning it was hot coffee, more soup and a ride from Rose and Dave to DTES Hastings bus 135 and away I go to the Mountain.

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All the way there I am thinking “How is it that Kinder Morgan is even on the mountain? I arrive and feel its all surreal!  Where are all the people who agreed to fight this?  All good Kym, take a breath! People are here now.  Its a continuum, people before us, us, people after us…

I hear a helicopter come overhead, actually saw it while still on bus, anyways, it moved stuff IN all day long, I was feeling grumpy about that too!

Other folks had arrived and, like me, we had questions about legal and getting arrested and what it means to do this, here, maybe today, maybe tomorrow.  Folks made their personal decisions and we moved from road and walked up, it was a good walk, scooters could get up easily, most can as well.

Folks were spread out around a small area blocked off for drilling.  Many RCMP to protect them.  I met quite a few who slept over last night, some for weeks, some like me were new. It took a while to find this and that as all seemed a bit disassociated.  Arrest’s  definitely affected camp flow.

It was still surreal for me.  Police protecting Kinder Morgan workers as they drill, right in front of us.  Folks sang and, those who chose to began to step over the yellow ribbon and, folks were taken into custody and processed as people sang and cheered, each time this happened I was a little confused and saddened.  Yes, I get it, I will be cheered and need that and, its sad right?  They are drilling and setting up to work NOW and since Thursday, working like mad, setting their talons in and will not let go once they do, we know this!  We will watch a film in a few years about this and know where we were right now!

Kinder Morgan with protection from RCMP as ordered by Harper are doing preparation work for major pipeline, why?  Folks are slow to move to the mountain.  Why?  Where are all the first nations and other locals who said No to this?  Where are you who said you’d come?

Do not answer, its rhetorical.

I think we believe the lie that its all being taken care of by some sick unhealthy legal system which has us here in the first place.  We all want to hang onto what ever idea/hope we have that we hold onto which we think will save us all and yet, is still attached to colonial system!

I think anyways.

The proof is in the pudding, Kinder drills, now.  What are the risk’s you are willing to make or take to stop this?

Some are having a fund raiser and, I think its great to give money NOW to legal battle and hey, people are UP THERE NOW dealing with-out YOUR much needed help, we need you here to bare witness and support, help is needed on the ground.

This battle will be lost or won ON THE GROUND FIRST and in a court room second. We NEED people either way, GIVE money and COME TO THE MOUNTAIN.  Witness, follow your heart, DO NOT think you can go on as if all is the same, its NOT!

061 063 064 065When you first go up, you walk up to yellow taped area and have to go right to get around to other side where kitchen and food and a second fire is.  It is muddy!066067

068 069 070Again: RCMP controlled us thru this divide, some on one side, some on other, you had to go and ask RCMP to go to sacred fire?

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these next three photo’s are folks being arrested in civil disobedience.083 084 087 091

This fellow sung us a song!  Never got his name as I had to go find an outhouse!093 094 095 097 098  This next 2 photo’s: the drilling machine.100 101  This next one is a person being cheered on for crossing the line and taking an arrest!

Another arrest, I may get in on these more for tomorow…102 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111

the sacred fire is now in RCMP Kinder territory and, we are allowed in two at a time to go to the fire.  I never got to the fire today to bring the tobacco.

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117 a mother and daughter whose names I sadly did not get, their message was from the grandmothers, very powerfull and encouraging of our resistance.

118this sister was singing a beautiful song before I left, RCMP had very strong lights on us, gave me a headache, agitating tactic used by them, made me want to put up a tarp, thought of my mom.

119 122 123Campers will have this all night, I pray for them to be safe, I already want to go back, now that I wrote this not very well description of an emotional day, moments of having to advocate for a youth who needed to yell, or, youth who had police come and shine lights in their eyes, makes me madd!

I am going back tomorow am, I am willing to be arrested and will do so when my heart leads me to, before I get home to you, my community.  I thought of my daughter a lot today.  Her future is the number one reason I am here and, after hearing from so many folks this past few weeks and today, we need each other, we can do this, unity is the biggest threat and, together, as workers in oil, workers all over, we need to realise we can unite and change this.

Only if we show up.

Respect to my Victoria community and thank you for having me and others in your heart, please join us.  If you cannot, you are then working to inform others of the need to come to the mountain bare witness people coming together and stopping a tragedy, or, coming together to witness the destruction of a park.

I am tired, I am inspired.  I have a vision and it includes all of you and, its also because of all of you…

I met some new folks today, all wanting…all dreaming and set upon a course.

Maybe all of our course’s were just changed by meeting each other, I believe so.

In solidarity with a KNOWING so deep down in my heart that we all have such an important role in production of healthy community.

CALL OUT TO POLICE/RCMP:

PROTECT THE PEOPLE, PROTECT THE LAND, DO NOT PROTECT KINDER MORGAN MAN!

kym

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Sheila Gilhooly on film Taking The Fall and Rising.

I Don't Want To Play House

I Don’t Want To Play House

I was honoured to have Sheila Gilhooly, who has been a mentor and inspiration to me personally and politically for years now, share her thots on my film.  I was a mere young sober butch lesbian who was lost till I saw the show about her life Still Sane.

Here is what she had to say about my/our film Taking The Fall And Rising:

Sheila Gilhooly

I thought your video was really really great !! What i liked best is how you let the the strength of your participants shine through. They are articulate and you let them speak for themselves (which must have been a shocking novelty for many ). Your video shows us survivors , not victims..while showing how totally they are being screwed over..by all of or governments …I am inspired to start phoning the legislature and bothering them. I have heard they have to log and keep every call they get (for security i guess).I like the idea of creating work and increasing files. anyway..great work ..thanks for keeping me in the loop. sheila…Still Mad as Hell

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Last Day Times Colonialist Extra Extra!

In all good conscious I cannot continue to deliver the Times Colonialist Extra Extra, especially as an anarcho feminist anti poverty activist!

I’d rather report on Burnaby Mountain People’s perspective!

For 150.00 a month, I am sure I can make the same on bottling/collecting cans again!

AND… There might be something I can do for 150.00 a month that my heart can be aligned with, as well as my spirit and body!

:)

Photo on 2014-11-10 at 2.34 PM

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Two Live Streams from Burnaby Mountain Nov. 20 2014

Go to the mountain.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sea-shepherd-vancouver?fb_action_ids=587278034735649&fb_action_types=ustream_og%3Acomment

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/andreawoo-globe?utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=ustre.am%2F1hZKj&utm_medium=social&utm_content=20141120104148Two Live Stre

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Linden House Community House: Roots and Endings Hirstory.

People asked and, I felt it necessary to clarify some important facts.

Linden House was formed by a young university student 18yrs of age about to start midwifery program.  She was raised very community based and minded with organic farming a part of her life as well.  SHe gathered other like minded folk and founded Linden House.  Quentin was the property manager of other healthy community based houses he rented out, one is long standing “Dallas Road House” (name?)

When we got Linden House it was with the understanding it was owned by someone on another continent, it was trusted we’d take care of them ie: clean regularly and leave it “healthy” as far as old school common sense goes.  Leave it better than you found it.

We were given two years notice when the owner decided to sell.  Many folks had come and gone over years and, in the end, folks who were new roommates were always well informed of this up and coming transition and, property manager Quentin went above and beyond for the last remaining tenants.  In the end, I was happy to hear that Quentin himself had ended up purchasing this beautiful home.  When I found out all thje stories in the end, I went to him and let him know I was well aware of all facts and never blamed him in any way, I was happy for him and his family to be able to live there and, I know he is an ally to those of us who do want to live in community and care for our homes.

I was always grateful to be a person who  lived with some of the original members, and I had never had it so good as far as food to eat and common courtesy in shared space.  In the end I had to leave as the community’s lived experience became one I was unable to live under the conditions of.

With all due respect,

kym hothead hines

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Hotheads Pix!

So, I want to be clear this is my list and not reflective of all CTEHV.

First of all I am voting for and asking you all to vote for Lisa Helps for Mayor.  I believe Dean Fortin has done all he can do, we did get much needed temporary transitional housing, we now need permanent homes and buildings and we are going to need someone like Lisa who will work to bring interested party’s together, like she already has done for me, and together we can lobby feds and province as well as municipal to do what they ought to and are legally obligated to, build social housing now.

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I would learn at this past weekends National Homelessness Convention in Vancouver that BC is definitely not getting its fair share for the task of permanent homes and neo cons and  liberals have no intention on helping, they would rather your children be at risk on unsafe streets brought on by draconian drug laws they reinforce with brutal police force!  We know we can do this in a safer healthier cost affective way and only you and I and folks with true vision will move forward.

here is an example from Waterloo Kitchener area: http://socialservices.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/communityProgramsSupports/resources/DOCS_ADMIN-1702613-v1-2014-2015_Affordable_and_Supportive_Housing.pdf#Affordable Housing Brochure

“Affordable Housing and Supportive Housing
programs create stability in people’s lives by
providing adequate affordable housing and/
or longer term support to maintain housing
stability. Without these programs, people
living with low-income would not be able to
afford adequate housing and people who
need longer term support would be at-risk of
housing loss.
One benefit of Affordable Housing and
Supportive Housing programs is that there is
generally no time limit for how long people
can access them. All programs are typically
covered under the Residential Tenancies
Act, 2006. People may choose to transition
from these programs according to their own
timelines, not those set by the program.
People may access some of these programs
with the intention that they will provide
transitional support, as their goal is to live
more independently at some point in the
future. Others may seek and/or require lifelong support.”

Here is what a Lived Experience person shared in an email just yesterday:

“…the Program is called, ‘Stephome’ Waterloo Region, all the info should be there. Big Hugs back at you, the view going home was breath taking ,flying over the Rockies,was amazing and miss ya too. I don’t think I would change anything as of yet but the program should be mandatory in all of Canada, you may call it “poverty pimping” or I forget what u say, but I am proof it works. lol”

Seems like it might be a healthy reclaimed poverty pimping venture.  They do and can exist.  Thanks buddy.  Tag yourself if you want!

I dreamt that Dean Fortin gave all his votes to Lisa Helps in an emotional public plea to have unity with each other as forward moving people; Together they opened a Safe Consumption Site with community who were prepared, they helped us get beautifully designed healthy buildings for and with homeless involved mental health consumers,  illicit drug using and radical drinking communities, buildings rented to: First Nations womenand their families of choice, single moms, a clean and sober non punitive housing model and all buildings had one wheel chair disability access and one clean air chemical free disability unit.  Each building had peer honorarium volunteers who were available and worked alongside full and part time front line workers and they worked in teams.  Boards filled with amasing community members supported these thriving community’s whereby folks began to be able to engage in healthy equitable co productive work within their community they co created.

It was a dream!

To get back to election real world time:  Just a reminder, for now, we do not have to vote for the full 8 candidates!

**If you vote for anyone other than who you definitely want to elect, you are helping other candidates squeeze out your top picks**

I  am voting for:

Lisa Helps for Mayor.

Marriane Alto,   Ben Isitt,    Jeremy Loveday,    Eric Kaye, I also understand that Charlayne Thorton Joe and Pam Madoff support a safe consumptions site so, they are on this list for that reason.

I have quoates from each of the above in support of Safe Consumption Sites!  Great work YES2SCS and community!  I know you have many volunteers go out into community and I am hoping all of them will support this list!  I know folks are allowing fear which makes them think they have to do this or that, well, strategic voting is not gonna happen between those running so, we got to do that.  GET FOLKS OUT TO VOTE is critical.

I DO NOT AGREE with the sentiment “don’t vote, it never helps, it needs to crash completely this sytem so let it, lets jsut wait till revolutionary days, its all a lie…”

I NEVER SEE THESE FOLKS AT ANTI POVERTY!  I see bourgeois priveleged or arrogant thinkers sitting on laurels they call radical anarchy and I call BS!

Their arguement against voting is “folks lower their expectations, go back to couch and want politicians to do work, its all a lie yada yada.”  No kidding?  So, lets get this straight, lets let the neo cons and neo liberals have a hay day till it gets real real bad then we do revolution, in the meantime educate about that.

HELLO! that has been happening since before I was born!  We need to get off our ass NOW and be educative warrior revolutionaries, vote in the most progressive and then hit streets in protest to make happen what we want to have happen.  I think its propaganda and a dumb ass lie to actually believe you cannot educate folks to do this?  Patronizing arrogant bullshit is what it is.  Sounds more colonial in its belief than anarchist, and please don’t quoate me books, tell me what you are doing!  Anti oppression 101 for all!

Privilege has you sitting on your sweet butts with a lot of people who look like you around you.

If any of the above fits, wear it and change it if you need.  Life goes on.  I could be wrong and often am, its ok, I still move forward.

So, just have to be honest as heck, no time like the present.

Got to run and no time to edit so, are you out there folks?  Are you engaged?  You think I do this like a newspaper?  Nope, I want your comments!  It takes a village eh?

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I am currently working on a proposal for social housing in Victoria which is lead by us lived experience types and many housed are helping me including academics.  I will update later.

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Emergency Money To Outreach Teams NOW!

Wednesday November 12.

What a day! I realize today I need to do more walking meditations in the Buddhist style right in my home. I am that disassociated. Anyways, one we go.

I got out to the CTEHV 130 Our Place Chapel meeting only because Alison phoned me and reminded me it was not at Sands tonight but @ Our place today!

I also missed the GVCTEH advisory meeting, all is well though, spoke with Flora and will get an update as well as date for next meeting time. I am still recovering from Vancouver.

I bumped into Booby in the courtyard, always great to hang, he was with a friend and the three of us touched base, and inside I went.

We had a lived experience chairperson today and did they ever do a great job! We all helped the chair today, which is our job and shows a kindness. Our notes will be up on web soon so I won’t go on about details.

However, I do feel its important to share some issues that need our immediate attention that partially came up in meeting time and again at dinner time.

Mustard Seed has had to temporarily stop serving meals and are dealing with internal issues. They will run food bank and have drop in but, no meals. They serve a lot of people, some of which are barred at Our Place for illicit drug activity. Many will have no where to eat in downtown, many are Red Zoned from Our Place area and these people are people whose lives are in duress for what ever reason and we punitively judge them and have police stalk them night and day. Red Zones are illegal, its when folks are given ticket after ticket for hanging out or what have you, and the day comes when those tickets are collected in the form of an officer taking you in, deals are made in order to get right back out and, one of them is a “choice” to be Red Zoned and released OR, wait in jail to see a judge. Old school do the time and do NOT get red zoned!

To go on, we already have 9-10 Club at Our Place a bit longer yet; Homeless, staff and community need help I’d say!  Word from street is: allegedly aggressive drug dealers who are new and from outside our community are moving in on Victoria streets and they’ve been feeling it at Mustard Seed, now its moved to Our Place. One man not involved with illicit drugs has witnessed this and even saw staff at Our Place be fearful and overwhelmed, it was alleged that much crack was sold that first day within the walls of Our Place.

This is what happens when we criminalise a drug and thus people seeking pain relief for using it, an underground wells up wanting that money made on giving relief to folks in pain, basically the market is created by criminalization if illicit drug laws.

These new folks are allegedly being quite violent, a homeless persons cart and all their belongings were torched in front of Mustard Seed recently allegedly due to a drug debt, yes, this stuff happens and where is that person’s krew?

Who is their peer to say “HEY, your over the limit and owe!” Where is the buddy to straighten their friend out? Teamwork is often needed, right? Family. So, sadly, they, allegedly owed and now their home was burnt down. Yes street know the risk’s involved. However, pain driven addiction gets a hold and debt brings violence far too often. If you owe you can be killed for that and a message is sent, sometimes thru an overdose, sometimes people are thrown out a window, sometimes people “go missing” or their home is “torched”. Why are people still using illicit drugs under these harsh conditions? They are in pain!

This system of divide brings a lot of pain and its why we are changing it! Only you and I can. Don’t wait for a politician cause no politician will end homelessness, WE WILL!

There are however politicians like Lisa Helps who understand we need alternatives and we need them NOW! We CAN build permanent homes for poor and disabled and those suffering in this unhealthy system of inequity.

Please step up in your hearts folks and bring that idea to build homes to City of Victoria. Why not vote for Lisa Helps and lets move forward with the work we’ve done so far? That is what I am doing, I bottom-lined a working group off of CTEHV and we are developing a rough draft proposal in order to et homes! I do not have much time left, I am a pensioner in 12 years or less and am a “crack faller” as I only have my daughter 40% of time due to my disability. All that Dean Fortin has given is what ever the masons in control have allowed. Temporary controlled homes for poor, always hanging by a thread kind of home!

NOTHING is available for folks like me!

We need energy, vision and action, which is not always temporary and is brave enough to lobby Federal government to do what it is supposed to! Fund Social Housing and Build Homes Now!

It’s also why I am sticking with Ben Isitt and Marriane Alto! Charlene Thornton Joe shows some hope, and this new Jeremy Loveday fellow looks promising for youth endeavours that are radical and inclusive!

Many levels here folks, WE NEED TO FINANCE extended Outreach hours: Needed immediately till Mustard Seed opens.

Many illicit drug involved people are barred or red zoned from Our Place, some who are not barred are bringing the Mustard Seed illicit drug involved street life to Our Place, I hear staff are nervous.

Again, allegedly NEW Drug Dealers are trying to move in and are INTIMIDATING our homeless family members. To be clear: Many others from Mustard Seed are happy to be at Our Place and are NOT involved in illicit drug underground activity.

That is the word I heard on streets: How do we deal with this violence and abuse? Ironically this was also brought up at CTEHV: how do we deal with repeat violent offenders and why are these repeat offenders released to Rock Bay Landing where family’s are? Must I remind folks of how the outreach worker who used a false name to get a job at AVI was found to be a sex offender and it’s why he used a different name to get the job in the first place? Why was a deal garnered out of him with police whereby he was allowed to be released with time served to Rock Bay Landing where women and children are housed and vulnerable?

Maybe we need to go back to Clifford Olson’s early years here on streets of Victoria whereby he was a petty thief turned informant turned, well, you know right? Serial killer!

Police stalk illicit drug individuals due to direction from Feds and, crimes occur as a black market is established, money goes to top, small drug dealers go to jail as minimal sentencing tries to push itself into our communities. Under-covers try and trap people and create informant networks, some dealers are left alone, they are often violent, and why are they left alone and not stalked daily by police once this is established?

Why, it might get some arrest’s and arrest’s is what they are trained to make!

We the people want to end this painful experience and professionals have shown us how. Sadly and sickly, we allow a federal government to dictate laws that punish and try and stop us from moving forward to healthy community!

Many people’s lives are crushed by this cycle of addiction and often violence kills.

If we had DECRIMINILISATION it would stop this violence in its tracks.

We need safe consumption sites to help folks heal and we can love them till they can love themselves again and they all can.

If I had not been supported to go and help my brother in Northern Alberta who was lost in crack addiction and dying, having run a crack shack and crack house, he was at deaths door.

I walked right in as “sister” and he is still alive thanks to love and community getting me there! I dealt with his crew, we ate pot cookies and I’d watch them sleep for the first time in years for 12 hours, wake up hungry and I fed them. We worked it out folks.

If we had a safe consumption site here in Victoria there would be more safety for ALL COMMUNITY; as staff and peers would insure illegal drug activity stay out, staff in teams of two have to go out and do regular rounds to insure no dealing happens within range of site, we need to stay alive and open so, folks tend to help so police do not have to be involved unless called for.

NOTE: Police MUST hand out a receipt when they jack up and take illicit drugs from a street person so that street person can prove where drugs went.  Often cops do not give proof that drugs were taken nor do they arrest each time and the drug user pays a harsh consequence for this, as they now have to explain where dope went right?

Rats are formed thru pressure like this from police, “fall people” chosen thru pressure, its not right! Divide ands rule is kicking our collective ass and we must unite and educate and support each other thru this!

Hey Victoria community heads up and lets help out.

VIHA must give emergency money to outreach teams to work over nights to help deal with this health crisis they helped create; partly by closing down the Needle Exchange and NOT opening anything since 2009.  Thank goodness for AVI and their hard work that they got one going, SHAME on VIHA for cutting AVI’s Tuesday Night Dinner funds, and it was so little really!

You VIHA attack and attempt repetitively thru sick policy’s to divide us! For example: you take the one meal that was healthy for those of us who are past or present illicit drug users! You hurt our family! You divided us and now we are in desperate need and angry to boot!

Love can heal and fight against the abusive tactics of our police and VIHA!

I am relieved Our Place is 24hrs, I hear good things about the other night and the court yard being a refuge. We can create a safe security culture around this, lets do workshops on this, I AM OFFERING NOW!  Makes me sweat to think about it as I really want to just go and rest by a river and do art sometimes, yo know what I mean?

You really want to know how to get thru this, invite me and I’ll work to bring friends who are living it to help bring home what is needed, allies who are great at security culture and teachings on solidarity, can I brag about our very own Gord Hill!  Tami Decolonise would do something with me I am sure!  Oh, and lets get some martial arts trainings at Our Place, that would be cool!  Anyone know any aikido or tai chi folks who’d come and do volunteer sessions?

At tonight’s Our Place dinner I spoke at length with a man who is so fed up. He shared something powerful.

“I will help a bird, or butterfly, or dog or a tree but I cannot help humans anymore. Why? I think its because we have become victims, its sad. It’s depressing. You can help over and over and reach out your hand and folks seem to end up in same place, why? He is right, it’s angering and depressing and confusing until we all get educated about anti oppression and decolonization reeducation.

It’s not all or nothing folks!

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Its systemic is why and we need to empower our selves to move forward together and fix this up right! We can all learn why it’s systemic and how it got so messy.

Its what I think we can do to move forward together and heal while we do so.

We can get some compassion and know that many actually will NOT understand unless you teach them cause you know.

Stop being arrogant about this, the time is NOW to move forward and many have no idea about colinisation, I never did till I was taught!  Unity is now.

NOW in this moment as communities, we all must reconcile to the fact we all got work to do, true?  That we all are in this mess together and no one is free from unhealthy power dynamics right?

De colonisation education helps us to understand our role in the conflicts we are in, take some responsibility and heal as we reconcile with each other.  Receoncile to the fact we have a lot of work to do and it will not be easy.   Happily, we all have a place iin productive healthy communities.

ON the other hand, I totally disagree with the use of the word reconciliation when it came to residential schools and the government micro managed healing around that abuse and near genocide of a people.

I believe the process of healing should have been called “Truth and Accountability” and not Truth and Reconciliation as, the original people were not guilty of anything but welcoming colonist’s with bad intentions into their lands.  To reconcile means, in small print if you read the long version of word in dictionary, both parties are accepting guilt.

Used and abused, abuser and the abused.

Accountability therefore needs to happen so that healing can truly happen, we take our power back as colonised people or we become like the coloniser.

Many of us do not want that, we need our own identity to be fought for and we can still have business and not have it be “death industry”. We can live in diversity and work shit out if we take space and meet on our own terms. Any business idea you have can be healthy, if not, its because its too greedy in the first place and unnecessary.

WE need beer, we need food to share, we need business and it can be healthy and equitable and support community.  :)

We need air and water to survive not gas and oil!  We can have healthy business, we can have equity and health for all, we can do business with love and all can indeed have a place in production, we got thru an Ice Age people! We can house people. If you cannot imagine, move over cause many can and are and will move forward and we do not want to leave anybody behind.

Lets go and get involved, take risks with others and move forward.

Respect and in Solidarity,

kym hothead hines

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