Comment 30401

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:11:52

Grassroots - I'm glad that my comments have now been clarified... I've learned a little lesson there :)

Money is power - there's nothing new about that. It's the way of the world and always has been. I agree that 'poor' people should try to organize to encourage the positive changes they need, but we also need to recongnize that it will always be harder for them.

I live in a mixed neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. I talk to my neighbours frequently about things that upset them. I tell them to "write a letter" or "call your councilor". But they look at me like I'm crazy. It's as if they don't feel they are worthy somehow of forcing a change, they are disconnected. Most of the changes in my neighbourhood have been spurred on by the local neighbourhood associations, most of which are headed by middle class folks like myself. I'm not saying that lower income folks don't get involved, there just seems to be an inherent disconnect.

'Poor people don't matter' - it's a strong statement but one that I feel is sadly very true.

Cheers

Ben

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