Many of you were moved by “The Strength of a Woman’ – 14 year old ‘Dancer,’ the story of a brave young lady who created a heart-wrenching pamphlet called ‘Road of Hope’ to explain why she has to take medication and go to counselling due to the OPP’s refusal to police the road on which she lives – Sixth Line in Caledonia.
Dancer’s family was determined to honour their daughter’s wishes that her story be told, so they met with Gary McHale and I, and gave us permission to videotape Dancer reading ‘Road of Hope.’ Afterwards, we interviewed her in order to clarify some points in her pamphlet. It was a thrill and an honour to meet this amazing young woman and her family, but it was hard listening to her talk about how the OPP have abandoned her and every other kid on the Sixth Line.
Like many of the women involved in the struggle against Two Tier Justice, Dancer inspired us with her determination to help her community – a town where people who live in ‘policed’ areas are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation. On March 11, 2007 this one brave girl did nothing less than face the fears of an entire neighbourhood and town and – in so doing – invalidate every conceivable excuse her fellow citizens might have for not getting involved in defending their town against evil.
To all of Caledonia’s citizens and business owners – if a 14 year old girl living in an area of town where people are afraid to call 911 for fear of retaliation has the courage to stand up proudly as a Canadian citizen, and take her place at the front of the line to defend truth and justice and her fellow citizens, what – exactly – would YOUR excuse be for not following her?
While we’re at it, I’d love to hear what excuse the Zehrs food store employee has for telling a Korean war veteran to leave the property because he was asking people to sign a petition to support Dave Hartless.
Or, what about the cowardice of the Caledonia Lions Club in allowing themselves to be intimidated into refusing to rent us their hall for our upcoming Legal Workshop? (The Cayuga Lions came through for us, though!) Even though another brave woman offered to take the phone calls for you and deal with the intimidation, you still refused to do the right thing for your community. What was your excuse? I’d love to publish it for you.
We have all been shamed by a 14 year old girl. Let us now be inspired by her words and her courage to take back our province…
NOTE: a copy of Dancer’s video was included in every media kit handed out during our news conference at Queen’s Park on March 14, 2007 regarding ‘The Ipperwash Papers.’ Extra copies of our media kit were provided for: John Tory; Dalton McGuinty; Howard Hampton; Toby Barrett and Mayor Marie Trainer. Click here to read Gary McHale’s closing remarks that included mention of Dancer and the lack of policing on Sixth Line.