Councillor Sri homeless for a week

Jonathan Sri and Jean Cameron-Cronin at Right to Space
Jonathan Sri and Jean Cameron-Cronin at Right to Space

At a forum held in solidarity with Brisbane’s homeless at the ETU offices in South Brisbane last night, Jonathan Sri took up the challenge of a homeless person to “walk a week in my shoes”. Starting from today, December 16th Councillor Sri will spend a week on the streets, sleeping, eating and using the toilets that the homeless have to use. The challenge was issued to the entire audience.

Jean Cameron-Cronin talked about institutions acting to protect themselves from their clients: failing to house victims of domestic violence “in case the perpetrator destroys the property”; failing to shelter the mentally ill “in case they cannot pay the rent”.

Billed as The Right to Space – Building solidarity with Brisbane’s Homeless People, the event was organised by Unite, an anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, anti-racist, feminist and environmentalist organisation, based in Fortitude Valley.

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