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Re: “Manufactured Slum

I heard some students from Kings College were writing a story about my community. I went into the corner store to pick up a copy of the Coast and what do I see "HRM'S WORST NEIGHBOURHOOD" I approach my neighbours in the store and ask "Did you see this?" "Do you know you live in HRM'S WORST NEIGHBOURHOOD?" We all began to laugh!!! I love my community. we say. There are really good people who live here. These headlines come from those who just don't know about the kind, caring people who live in Dartmouth North. EVERY community has its uniqueness, its strengths, its weakness. STATISTICS will show what is strong in one area and what may not be so strong in another. These statistics then present opportunities for Media to keep promoting the weakness of a community. Statistics provide opportunities for students to come into a community with some weakness and do their school projects and promote again the weakness of a community. STATISTICS can also provide the opportunity for people to strengthen those areas in a community that are weak. 15,000 people live in Dartmouth North. Approximately 90% of those folks, like myself, love this community and will never leave. Approximately 10% are victims of the system, of crime, of those dead beat, slum landlords (who by the way, exist in every community). We, as ONE VOICE, can make a difference. We, 15,000 residents can begin to make a difference in the systems that are wearing down our neighbours, in the slum landlords who are the reason for people living in intolerable, inhumane situations. We can share the positive things that happen here, we can share the stories of kindness and goodness that I see on a daily basis. You can go to unitedwayhalifax.ca, Action for Neighbourhood Change and view 3 local documentaries made by local residents, sharing a history of this community, the positive things people have been doing "together" in this community and yes, you can hear what local residents think about Pincecrest.
I have lived in this community for 20 years! and Neighbours I believe that WE are the ones to make a differnce in statistics, in perception and in how the various systems treat us. If we can stop living with fear, with apathy and being complacent, we can stop being victims and begin being victors. We need to do it together. We need to be one voice. We have an election on the way. Instead of saying , those politicians aren't going to do anything for me, they are all the same. Lets change a statistic. The one that says Dartmouth North has the lowest voter turn out rate in NOVA SCOTIA. Lets get those politicians to pay attention. Lets get out and vote If you don't believe anyone on that ballot is going to help you, then did you know you can go to your polling station and say just that. You can reject your vote and it is still counted. We can begin that process of change - lets be heard! Lets come together and not allow these negative statistics and stories to continue to frame who people think we are
Loving here and never leaving

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Posted by Loving here and never leaving on 04/20/2011 at 12:25 PM

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