By Mike Archer. Prompted by a Facebook post by Pastor Ward Draper which was re-published on Abbotsford Today, a group of Abbotsford citizens lead by Elsie Neufeld is organizing in order to protest the eviction of the homeless men and women at the camps along Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford.Ever since news was published that the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) was warning the homeless citizens to prepare for another Abbotsford Shuffle, the homeless have been getting more and more nervous and afraid of what is coming.
Reports from head of the Drug War Survivors Barry Shantz about taunting by the APD and a sense of excitement and anticipation among police which has been reported by homeless people were downplayed by Const. Ian MacDonald of the APD Monday.Draper’s ‘‘Letter To The Church Of Abbotsford called on believers to stand up and be counted in the face of the “injustice and oppression [which] are bearing down on some of Abbotsford’s most vulnerable residents again.”
“The time is now, today, to put aside empty self-gratifying activities and seek justice. Lend your voice, your hands, your heart, your possessions to reach out to the lost in our community and on our streets. July 31st is such an opportunity to serve our Lord. Pray, listen, and seek practical ways you and the Church can rise up and face these challenges that burn within our city. Together we can let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream.”
No one is clear why BC Hydro has decided to claim the 15 ft strip of grass and bushes or what it intends to do with the property but Mayor Banman and the City of Abbotsford have been silent in the face of the threat against its most marginalized citizens.
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