Hope Is Not A Plan: Video

Hope Is Not A Plan

Hope Is Not A Plan

When your civil rights are violated you don’t need a good hug – you need a good lawyer.

Because most voters with disabilities cannot pay for a good lawyer they have no way to protect their civil rights, which are frequently violated by government, unions and businesses.

You don’t have a civil right if you don’t have a remedy to enforce it.

Most Canadians with disabilities, unlike Americans with disabilities, do not have a practical way to enforce the civil rights guaranteed to them by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class.

~ Legal Information Institute, Cornell

This film documents Paul Caune’s life after he became disabled and was institutionalized by force, and his journey to change the  conditions for people with disabilities in British Columbia, Canada, many who have also been institutionalized due to lack of accessible housing and support services. Grab a hankie and watch.

The website for the film is here: http://urbansherpafilms.com/hopeisnotaplan/

Civil Rights Now, Resources   http://civilrightsnow.ca/resources/

From the Canadian Human Rights Commission website:

Human rights have been described as all the things we are entitled to be, to do or to have simply because we are human.

Human rights describe how we instinctively expect to be treated as persons.

Human rights define what we are all entitled to — a life of equality, dignity, and respect.

A life free from discrimination.

You do not have to earn your human rights. You are born with them. It’s the same for every man, woman and child on earth.

Nobody can give them to you. But they can be taken away.

This is why countries have human rights laws to make sure that people and governments are held accountable if your human rights are not respected. In Canada, your human rights are protected by provincial, territorial, federal and international laws.

How are human rights protected in Canada?

As far as I know, the “protections” are like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which means there is no-one to call and complain to if you are being abused or discriminated against, to have your rights enforced.  This means you must be well and able enough to spend months and years fighting for a basic human/civil right, and if you can find a lawyer who can take your case for free, (Legal Aid has been cut back so much as to be barely there for anyone), you might eventually receive what most people take for granted: “what we are all entitled to — a life of equality, dignity, and respect.”

Please watch the film and get involved. … Remember, we are not all born disabled…

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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2 responses to “Hope Is Not A Plan: Video

  1. Bravo & Hugs for all your recent posts Linda!!!
    My next step is getting myself a Lawyer – maybe Ecojustice will help me! I’ve asked Paula Fletcher’s office to help (Municipal Govt. – by sending a letter to Housing Connections) – not sure this will help…
    My whole apt. bldg. was sprayed for bugs, etc., recently – the stench in my bathroom was horrible…a week later someone sprayed the entire hallway where I live (smoke cloud of chemicals)…of course I’ve been sick since & my cat, Yoda, died from previous sprayings that sickened me continuously… all CERA told me was to get Housing Office to post a notice on my floor NOT to spray…but tenants kept doing it….oh…& if I moved to another floor I’d have to be sickened AGAIN firstly to have another notice put up — I don’t agree at all — Also an Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaning Tenant cleans lobby of her own volition here every night with disturbing chemicals…
    trying to get some energy back so I can handle things better! Have been really sick since last May & too exhausted to do anything about it… I know this illness happened to me & all others at this time in history so we can change it for future generations…i.e., The Bigger Picture!!!
    Stay positive Everyone!
    Marilyn

    • Hi again Marilyn!
      Nice to hear from you again – sorry you have had such a rough go of it. Multi-resident buildings can be so harmful to us. It’s taking a long time for people to get the message that so many of our daily products and materials are toxic and harmful to health. We desperately need more MCS/ES safe buildings or subsidies that allow us to rent what is safeR wherever it may be found. In the meantime, some advocates and legal help would be nice. May you find an angel to help you receive what you need!

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