Government need to understand how COVID relates to poverty
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