Homeless Voices Are Heard At The Summer Olympics

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Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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The summer Olympic games always brings out amazing talents from the host country. There have been celebrations all over London in the name of the games. But last Friday a very surprising performance took place.

Three hundred homeless performers came together and performed at the “With One Voice” event which took place at the Opera house. It was truly an incredible and inspiring performance to say the least. The idea behind the event came after Sir George Young—a former British Conservative cabinet minster. Young stated that “the homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera.”

Young’s comment was certainly very rude and demeaning. It brushed off being homeless as something less than ‘normal’ human beings. I am very happy that his comment had a ‘positive’ reaction, where the homeless had their own platform to showcase their talents and regain their prides.

I am actually shocked that the Olympics committee would even agree to this. Usually with every city that has hosted the Olympics, there is always the issue of ‘cleaning’ up the city and further gentrifying the metropolitan area. The host government spends millions of money on the temporary ‘pampering’ of the city and disregards the real issue and problems that are current and permanent.

I hope that this performance is not a mere publicity stunt done by the Olympics committee to make themselves look good. I hope that it is a genuine opportunity where the homeless can be acknowledged and heard.



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