Letter – One activist to another

I want to thank the Occupiers for their awareness of the inequalities that so many in our communities experience and for their courage

One activist to another

I want to thank the Occupiers for their awareness of the inequalities that so many in our communities experience and for their courage to speak out and bring attention to them. I write as an activist from the ‘60’s in Vancouver, one of the Militant Mothers of Raymur in Vancouver’s East End. What we learned from our struggles might be helpful to the protesters today. Choose your issues and go after the people responsible on each one. It is fine to have conversations in your group about the variety of problems, but it is important to focus on and have a list of demands to put before the business or agency responsible for resolving the situation. If it is the banks don’t park at City Hall, they can’t do anything about bank policies.

I understand your frustration with much in our society but it takes work and effort to make change, not just sitting around and complaining. I encourage you to become focused, learn about the organization or agency you want to change and find the ways to do within each one. Thanks for seeing things as they are, thanks for caring, thanks for taking action, now to focus.

Toni Graeme,

Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Stars On Ice tour cancelled for the first time in 34 years due to pandemic

The show was supposed to hit the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on May 12

‘The Office’ star John Krasinski offers Some Good News in trying times

‘The human spirit still found a way to break through and blow us all away’

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Most Read