Artwork created my Marissa Proceviat entitled, “Home Is Where The Heart Is.”

Editor’s note: At a Community-Based Response to Housing Summit earlier this year, which Axiom News came alongside for, Belonging Brant’s Jocelyn Birkes raised her hand to say yes to doing something. In this Q&A, Jocelyn speaks with Peter Pula from the Community Living Brant Narrative Circle about her inspiration to step up, the integral connections she’s made along the way, and what her visions are for the future of housing in Brantford, Ontario.

Peter Pula

Reclaiming Our Capacity to Create the World We Inhabit is Democracy in its Deepest Form
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What's the point? Why is it important to deepen democracy? What does it mean to deepen democracy?

What deepening democracy does not mean is tinkering with electoral politics. Turn away from this in your thoughts before continuing. Put it behind you. Never mind left and right, liberal and conservative, democrat and republican. Forget for now the stories liberal humanism and global capitalism proffer. Press all that noise and distraction, the sturm and drang, the circus and its players, the side shows and arcades beyond the horizon of your periphery.

All this is escape, abstraction, excuse. Frenetic, restless, immovable. Exhausting. Diminishing. Disempowering. Far Away. Untouchable. Unreachable. Let's stop wasting our wild and precious lives there.

Beyond all that is a field. Let's meet there. Take a deep breath.

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