In response to posts by Meghan Coughlan-Hernandez, a mayoralty candidate in the last municipal election in Abbotsford and a regular contributor to Abbotsford Today, regarding the homeless protesters in Jubilee Park who, last night, moved inside a walled wooden structure on the adjacent parking lot, the following comment appeared suggesting Coughlan-Hernandez’s children be taken away from her and arguing that only those who pay taxes have any right to government services.
The views expressed sound an awful lot like some of the angry comments we’ve heard before about the addicted and those with mental illness or alcohol problems who happen to be poor or lack a home. They also sound an awful lot like some of the thinking which seems to be motivating those at City Hall and at the APD who insist on victimizing them.
They sound an awful lot like the kind thinking that might lead to people choosing to use chicken manure to deal with other people who are down on their luck or treat those people like 2nd or 3rd class citizens because they can’t pay taxes.
From Meghann Coughlan-Hernandez.
We took the children to the Drug War Survivors camp again tonight. And, as many suspected, they did witness something terribly inappropriate.
A man and a woman, obviously intoxicated and leaving the beer store with round two (or three or four), took notice of my daughter’s sign and asked her to explain. Obviously not in support of “these drug addicts” the drunk woman began arguing with my 14 year old daughter. Why target a child? Well, I assume that she incorrectly believed that she might finally win a battle of wits if her target was someone younger.
After my daughter politely and accurately put this woman in her place, she became increasingly belligerent. At this point, I had to step in for a second time and explain to her that she needed to stop arguing with a child. She was literally raising her voice at my daughter, her drunken face twisted with anger. In all honesty, at this point, I stepped in front of my daughter and exchanged a few words with the woman. Her boyfriend pulled her away, while she hollered across the parking lot about how “ungodly” we all were.
On four separate occasions we’ve spent time in the camp. Each time the residents were wonderful with my children, some even brought to tears at the support and understanding my kids expressed. Not once have any of us felt threatened, until today. Until a complete drunk staggered over to insult the peaceful residents who are just trying to stay safe and warm and retain their dignity, but focused on a 14 year old instead.
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