New song, new video on my Youtube channel. Watch and let me know what you think! just spent the whole weekend writing and demoing a song, with the prompt to write about the complex. subject of poverty. I also vowed to put out a youtube video while in Calgary, so mission accomplished. Check out my demo for "RELY" on Youtube for the #MyUWVoice challenge.
Being a first generation Canadian, both of my parents coming to Canada by way of the Caribbean, I am conscious of the fact that for only generation ago the description of my family's state would be this: living with the chickens, eating porridge every day if they were lucky, and teachers in school concerned for their health, needing government assistance to eat, and living with siblings and parents all in one room. I live in the inner city, and have a personal connection to someone who works with housing initiatives in rural Alberta. I wrote my song with the knowledge of the complicated nature of poverty. There are the invisible poor (eg. working poor, couch surfers because of unsafe living conditions at home and no financial independence, vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth and domestic abuse survivors). There are people on the streets with mental health issues, undiagnosed. There are resources to help the poor and the homeless, but the system is pushed to its limits. As an independent artist with my own mental health issues, I am hyper aware of the fact that I am so blessed to have enough to eat and have a roof over my head. Even with scrimping and saving, in an unstable economy or because of unexpected bills or health circumstances, it's easy for people to lose their security net.
I wrote "Rely" with the intention of scratching the surface of communicating the complex and urgent nature of poverty, from a first person perspective: someone who is in need of reliable support, and a system of people that treats them with dignity and respect, understanding their unique needs. There's much more to be said, and I'm inspired to learn more.
Food insecurity is described as "the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." Those affected by food insecurity include: those on low incomes, those living in neighbourhoods with limited access to healthy foods and those with limited access to healthcare. .
Let's help those less fortunate around us. We can start by donating healthier foods to the food bank.
Image via: @who#obesity#lowincomefamilies#fooddesserts#healthcare#snowballofissues#afrogirlfitness ...
Photo 1 is the original tweet, photo 2 is AOCs reply. First off @ocasio 2018 @oregongop was being sarcastic. @ocasio 2018 is literally arguing the “evil republicans” by agreeing WITH THE REPUBLICANS😂
To those who haven’t seen, currently Oregon Democrat’s are trying to push the most horrendous #HB2020 . The bill would completely RUIN Oregon’s economy, and not even make a difference.
The bill would...
• Raise gas taxes to more than $1.25 PER GALLON
• Raise utility costs
• Raise the cost of living
•DESTROY small businesses
• Destroy timber industry
• Hurt the most vulnerable communities
• Destroy jobs
All of this to “POSSIBLY” lower carbon emissions in Oregon by 2050, which is already one of the lowest in the country, and makes almost no difference overall. Oregon makes up of 12% of the US’ 1% contribution to carbon emissions.
Thank you #oregonrepublicans for leaving the state, and preventing legislation that would destroy Oregon’s economy.