Solidarity With Wet’suwet’en, Also The Crumpled Velvets

On Monday of this week there was an international action in support of the Wet’suwet’en. Please read about it here.

Almost 250 people gathered in Peterborough to stand in solidarity for this important action.

It was a peaceful action to send support and raise awareness.

This situation affects all of us and our future generations. If you haven’t already, please do take some time to learn about it.

Also this week, I had the opportunity to take some snaps of Charlie Petch and Reggie Cabico, The Crushed Velvets.

How does this relate?

Charlie and Reggie write poetry about life on the margins.

They are irreverent, sometimes obscene, often hilarious.

But behind the humour is an invitation to consider the lives of others. Of “the other.” Of how we are as much the same as we are different.

And how we can try to see the world through each other’s experiences and learn about each other, our struggles, and perhaps, given time, learn to support each other’s differences and challenges.

And then, rather than creating further divides, we can figure out how to make the planet safe for everyone.

And in supporting each other, near and far, the planet will recover from decades of poisoning, both physical and social.

Easier said than done, yes. But absolutely worth every effort.

If you can take a bit of time to make life better for someone this week, please do so. Even if no one knows what you’ve done (and maybe especially) that act of kindness, solidarity or generosity will be one significant act against the current atmosphere of division and hate.

Walk softly and carry a big heart, my friends.

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