Thursday, February 17, 2011

$50M for Muskoka and (NOT) $7M for KAIROS

How is it that an affluent (but may be bought) Muskoka is bestowed (bestow: to confer or present, an honour, right, or gift) $50,000,000 (think curling rinks, sidewalks, better washrooms) for hosting the G8 Summit (over 3 days) whilst KAIROS is refused its annual grant of $7 million to finance programs that would promote human rights, justice and peace, viable human development, and ecological justice in places such as The Republic of Congo, Colombia, the Amazon Basin?

$50,000,000 : curling rinks, repaved roads, community centres

$7,000,000 : helping victims of rape and sexual violence in the Congo and other parts of Africa, helping displaced indigenous peoples in the Amazon,  the Nigerian oil fields and in Chiapas , fighting for women's rights in Colombia, raising public awareness of environmental rape in places such as Ecuador, just to mention a very few. In addition, it needs to be mentioned that $7M acts as seed money whereby this money helps launch initiatives that fund themselves.

Yes, so how does this happen? And why do we allow it to happen? What are you going to do about it? Citizens of Muskoka: where are you?

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