I went to last night’s rally in solidarity with the people who battled fascism in Charlottesville. It was a wonderful event.
Rally this Tuesday at the Cornwallis statue in support with the people of Charlottesville and against our own Halifax white supremacist scum. The location is appropriate.
The City of Halifax could save millions of dollars if it were to expand its permanent staff rather than pay for expensive consultants. That is the conclusion of a business case developed by the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) division of the city acquired by the Nova Scotia Advocate through a Freedom of Information request.
A long interview with Robert Wright, one of the African Nova Scotians who earlier this year demanded that the practice of carding be suspended. We talked with Wright about why carding generates such anger among Black Nova Scotians, the over surveillance of Black communities by police, the white indifference to the issue, how anger at police better be directed at politicians, and why carding is ineffective. More than anything we talked about racism.
Sadie Beaton, Community Conservation Research Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, asks Mayor Mike Savage that no more precious time be wasted in getting rid of the Cornwallis statue. “Reconciliation can only begin when settlers and their governments and institutions truthfully reckon with the sometimes painful history of these lands. This history has allowed settlers to be the main beneficiaries of both the care with which Mi’kmaq communities have cared for these lands and waters, and the genocide that Cornwallis and others perpetuated.”
Retired school teacher Carolyn van Gurp offers up a brief and powerful lesson to Halifax mayor and councillors. “You have a chance on Tuesday evening to begin to right years of wrong by placing the symbol of this treaty violation and subsequent atrocity where it belongs, in history books and a museum, not on a pedestal in a public park. Please make the decision to remove or relocate this statue in time for us all to truly celebrate Treaty Day together in October.”
Some more thoughts on the Cornwallis statue. It’s not about the historical record, it’s about racism.
Get rid of that damn Cornwallis statue, we say, and sooner rather than later. Another well-considered and nuanced editorial by the Nova Scotia Advocate.
We have been following the fight of Lucasville residents against a smelly horse farm in this historic Black community for several years. Here is the latest update. With HRM seemingly powerless, a review by the the Nova Scotia Farm Practices Board is the community’s next (and likely final) option. A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 19.
Matt Whitman should resign. Also, it’s not for white people to forgive him.