LTE Mary Anne Pankhurst on Cornwall Ontario City Council Reaction to 100 Letter Campaign – February 12, 2013

LTE Mary Anne Pankhurst on Cornwall Ontario City Council Reaction to 100 Letter Campaign – February 12, 2013

kilger slumpPerhaps it was being born in the 50s and growing up in the shadow of the African-American Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War that governed and informed my earliest understanding that abuses of power and ignorance could exact great and profound injustice.  

 

Perhaps it was because, in an era when some of my best teachers were the pages of Life Magazine and the Toronto Star, I learned that bad things could happen to good people, but that “the people” could prevail.

 
Perhaps it was being born to Ben and Barb; Dad who became a Catholic during World War Two so he could marry the love of his life, and who in partnership with my mom taught us the value and importance of human rights and freedoms.
 
Perhaps it was my understanding (thanks mostly to Mom) that freedom-of-the-press is a privilege not shared by all nations.
 
Perhaps it was my own personal experience with prejudices; being pushed off the sidewalk on the way to school, or being treated badly by high school teachers who – for no other reason – ignored my Straight A performance and judged me by my long-haired boyfriend.   
 
Perhaps it was experiences with others, who, not knowing I was Shabbes goy for the local orthodox Rabbi, shunned me for a whole other set of other prejudices.
 
Perhaps it was going off to university and getting a degree in journalism that helped me understand how – after the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1450  – the rise of journalism and the spread of literacy rocked the reigning aristocracy and ushered in democracy itself.
 
Whatever it was, it instilled a great impatience for ludicrousness.  And last night’s “show” over a simple link to the City’s website for a letter-writing campaign about why our community is great has – instead of driving me to silence – awakened my voice for “we the people.”
 
I hope everyone will consider making a contribution to the 100 letter campaign, not only to overcome last night’s ludicrousness, but to prove there are good people and good things about Cornwall.

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