Wayne Desmond: “The idea of Black spaces and the need for inclusive education have always been important to me. Why is it that it wasn’t until I went to university that I began to feel fully validated as a Black learner?”
Joanne Bealy considers the state of the world and our province and issues a call to action. “We need people who don’t usually speak out to join those who do and for everybody to stand together for the good of all of us. It’s time to let it be known that the disenfranchisement of minority groups, intended or not, is not OK. One step forward, maybe two back, but on we go. We can have the country we want and deserve. It is our choice.”
SJ Walsh wondered how effective the Legislature’s harassment policy really is. Turns out that is surprisingly hard to find out.
When politicians get violent. SJ Walsh discusses the alleged altercation between two Nova Scotia politicians, and the message it sends, with her middle schooler.
News brief: CCPA NS director Christine Saulnier is is throwing her hat in the ring to become the federal NDP’s candidate for Halifax. And ultimately she hopes to become the next MP for Halifax after the next federal election, later this year. That’s good news for progressives in Halifax.
People in Guysborough County continue to push for a more open and democratic council. On April 18th the Guysborough Communities Coalition met with the Warden to once again ask for changes in the way council conducts its business. Warden Pitts indicated he will get back to the group. We will keep you posted.
Our Guysborough correspondent Alexander Bridge reports on a heated Guysborough District council meeting after he and others had the audacity to submit a petition asking for town hall meetings with their elected representatives. I already talk to you at the grocery store, what do we need town hall meetings for, asked one councillor.
This came in the mail this afternoon, a letter on the limitations of elections and the importance of ongoing organizing. And an opportunity for me to post a picture of the Paris Commune. It’s an old discussion, after all.
Not all politicians are the same, and voting, although no big deal, is something you should definitely do. And then the real work begins…
SouthCoastToday.ca editor Timothy Gillespie reviews Noah Richler’s The Candidate, a revealing account of what it’s like to run for office with no political experience, little money and only a faint hope of winning.