Media Coverage of stabbing at Tent City ignores everyday violence poor people face.

1 Aug

Last night someone at tent city got stabbed after an altercation around noise. Police were on the seen shortly as was media and other people. The media published several articles on this unfortunate event and in their coverage the headline made it sound like protestors were asked to leave the park due to this event.

The truth of the matter is that after protestors were asked to leave the Regional building were tent city was located people moved to SandHills Park were as soon as they were done unpacking were asked to leave the site due to bylaws that state that people can’t sleep on private property. This happenned before any altracation broke out. The person who was stabbed was a member of Tent City and if he was in a home this would not happenned.

Violence against poor people is very common especially to people who are forced to sleep on the streets many times by themselves. Groups like A Safer Cambridge egg on this violence with their marches to get rid of poor people sleeping outside. A facebook video from supporters of this group shows a person burning down a homeless persons tent.

People who are homeless deserve safe places to sleep where they are safe from violence including the violence of the state that on one hand cuts social programs making it harder and harder for people to keep a place as every month they have to make the desision to feed themselves and their kids or pay the rent and on the other hand pass bylaws stating people cant sleep on city property making it a crime to be poor and homeless.

The stabbing last night demonstrates the need for housing and until this is solved a need for Tent City where people are in a group making them safer.

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3 Responses to “Media Coverage of stabbing at Tent City ignores everyday violence poor people face.”

  1. doug August 4, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    Why should anyone care that a bunch of drunken druggies are trying to kill each other.

  2. waterlooregionadvocate August 4, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    Well Doug let’s see. Oh they’re human. Seriously Julian I’m amazed you put up with this person on your Blog. Comment moderation is available on Blogspot so I assume it’s available here as well.

    • doug August 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Poor excuse for a human when they try to kill each other!

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