Comparative Xenophobia: South Africa, Europe, North America”--A free public lecture by Heribert Adam

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Comparative Xenophobia: South Africa, Europe, North America”–A free public lecture by Heribert Adam

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Date(s) - 04/11/2015
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Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, The African Great Lakes Networking Foundation, & Siraat

Heribert Adam is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SFU. He is currently teaching at Graduate Liberal Studies. He was born in Germany and educated at Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, with T. W. Adorno and J. Habermas as PhD (1965) mentors. He specializes in comparative ethno-nationalism, immigration, and multiculturalism, democratic governance, human rights and security, peacemaking, and transitional justice and politics of memory, particularly truth and reconciliation commissions. Countries of expertise: Southern Africa, Israel/Palestine, Canada, and Germany.

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The Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Kombii Nanjalah, a community leader working in DTES, I cook food and serve the homeless once every month and work for the black community at Horgan’s Alley, I thank everyone involved in this processes to get it to where it is now.
I’m also honoured to be here as one of the concerned contributors.
Looking at the past injustices, that make us feel so much pain in our hearts, there is no way to heal those wounds but we can forgive and this helps us to move on.
Everything has already been said, people have already said what they want to see, all has been expressed since last week and I just want to put more weight.
One thing for sure is, when the Viaduct went up, a people were displaced and a culture was destroyed.
If the viaducts come down, all I’m asking is Restorative Justice. Let us get back what was taken from us. We did not lose 10 feet by 10 feet, we lost over 3 b e a u t i f u l blocks of a community and its neighbourhoods.
I know you are all listening, I believe you won’t change your minds when the viaducts comes down and my hope is that you will take this as a healing process for the community that was unfairly displaced.
So many meetings have taken place to get to this conclusion just as it was when they were meeting to displace my people.
Then, it was a ghetto, a better place for the People of African descent, and other few alike of Japans, Chines and Italians, a place for crimes, homelessness and poverty. Today its valuable and the city is looking at a dollar. Let it not only be the City and the developers problem, let it be our problem as well (Community). Put the concerns of the people first, then other things will follow.
The future plans after the Viaduct removal, needs to make sure that development does not come at the cost of continued displacement. We are therefore asking for adequate services in this area, this is also a better opportunity to restore what was taken from the people of African Descent, their friends and those other families with low income who live in Vancouver. This include: Social Housing and I mean Social Housing – as I don’t personally understand the city’s term of “AFFORDABLE – HOUSING.
We need Residential for our seniors (Africans), Immigration settlement services and supports, Child Care Centre, Park, Music centre where we can bring back the lost memories, the alike of, Elenor Collins, Thelma, Chick, Leonard Gibson, Leon Bib, the Crump brothers and of course our famous Jim Hendrex and others, we need Historic Memorial or archive to preserve our records and our history, a Cultural Centre and of course our African Fountain Church (Chapel) that has no records of how it was sold as residential.
We are all protected by the law of this country as equal citizens, give us an African shopping Mall, or African Market in addition “just as China town”.
I’m equally concerned in the process when the viaduct comes down, on considerations and the plight of our people in the DTES, the pedestrians, the safety, not overlooking gardens that communities have put together and businesses. I’m asking that concerned stakeholders, all African and other local registered groups, activist groups and individuals’ inclusiveness to participate in any future planning and be part of the decision making processes.

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