photo by Bruce Dean
Alison Acker Delivers Compassion to Tent City
Raging Granny Alison Acker delivers a hand-made Compassion Bear to Super InTent City Resident and Champion Ana McBee.
Ana interviewed in VICE.com;
Blaming the blood for the wound, everyone keeps blaming the homeless for the solutions they manifest while making lemonade out of lemons.
But Raging Granny Alison Acker recently eloquently spoke to Victoria City Council about the thanks and gratitude the community owes to Super InTent City.
Acker noted that Super InTent City has motivated local governments to provide additional funding for housing, it has motivated the creation of three new shelters for the even larger street community, it has significantly reduced many of the policing, maintenance, medical services, and social services costs normally paid for by the community, and they have set legal precedent for the rights of the poor and homeless – but there is still a very long way to go.
We need to increase the rates, provide affordable housing that costs no more than 30% of an individual’s resources, and we need to increase social services for the poor, disenfranchised, the disabled, and the elderly.
“B.C. top judge refuses to order homeless from Victoria court grounds”
“Through selfishness, greed, indifference, and cruelty, we have forced millions of men, women, and children to struggle through lives of misery, despair, and suffering.” “There is no excuse for the high levels of poverty in Canada. None. None whatsoever.”
(Mel Hurtig – Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids)
“International human rights law is clear that the criminalization, stigmatization and discrimination against people who are homeless is a violation and requires immediate action on the part of governments to refrain from engaging in such activities and to take immediate steps to address it….So often the right to housing gets lost or is invisible, especially in light of market-driven interests in housing and property. We have to push back on that. Housing is a right not a commodity. And it’s governments at all levels who are responsible for ensuring that.”
Well done Bruce and thanks!