Gov­ern­ment need to un­der­stand how COVID re­lates to poverty

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Opinion -

EDI­TOR:

Govern­ments across the coun­try have rightly been pri­or­i­tiz­ing re­sources and per­son­nel to un­der­stand and erad­i­cate COVID-19. We have been pay­ing care­ful at­ten­tion to how it spreads, who it im­pacts, and how we can erad­i­cate it and re­cover from it.

But the same peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties fac­ing the great­est im­pacts of COVID-19 also bear the dis­pro­por­tion­ate bur­den of poverty and in­equity. It is long past time we saw sim­i­lar re­solve in fight­ing these par­al­lel crises.

Govern­ments have a le­gal and moral obli­ga­tion to up­hold the rights of all peo­ple. Each of us, in­di­vid­u­ally and as a com­mu­nity, need to hold them ac­count­able to this obli­ga­tion. We can write let­ters, make phone calls, or stage events (see www.chewon­this.ca, for ex­am­ple) to send a clear mes­sage to gov­ern­ment that we ex­pect ac­tion. Ours is a com­mu­nity of great gen­eros­ity and kind­ness – will we also be one that seeks jus­tice?

The Poverty Talks! Peer Con­nec­tions team hopes you join us in sup­port­ing this year’s Chew On This cam­paign.

Am­ber Can­non, Al­berta

Peer Con­nec­tions team with Poverty Talks

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