I am sending all of you my story because I believe that the mainstream media is very biassed. I want you all to know what really went down. I haven't even told you the half of it in this letter, but I've tried to give at least a taste of the pain I saw all weekend. I am having a very hard time processing and dealing with this the feelings I am experiencing are similar to those I had when I came back from the death camps in Poland. I cannot function adequately right now, and this letter is part of my healing process.
If you have any questions, please ask me. ASK ME! I want to spread this message to as many people as possible. I want the world to know what went on in Quebec, how undemocratic and unfair and immoral and oppressive the situation was.
Yet I also want people to know that a better world is possible - through the gas and the pain and the fear I also glimpsed the possibility, the hope, of that new space. People from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, races, and more came together in Quebec to fight against corporate rule, and to fight for basic human rights, environmentalism and fair trade.
We have a vision of a future where things will be better. I don't stand with the anarchists who want to break this society in order to form a new one, and I don't stand with the protesters shouting "Revolution" in the armed sense. But I do stand with the ordinary individuals, grandmothers, kids, labourers, environmentalists, humans, who want to change things.
So I went to Quebec City as myself, and I came back as myself but with eyes washed clear by tear gas and pepper spray. As the song says, "I can see clearly now the rain has gone I can see all obstacles in my way". I can see, but at what price to my psyche? I still don't know. I find myself asking, would it have been better to have stayed home and watched it all on TV??? It would have saved me the pain and heartache, but it wouldalso have left me in my little bubble of idealism. Not to say I am not still an idealistic, romantic, optimistic woman I am but I am also just a little bit more realistic.
I hope that you have read this far, and if so I congratulate you on being an open-minded and intelligent individual. Please send this letter on to whomever you may choose and send my email address along with it so I can field any questions. As we said in Quebec City, Be Safe.
Love Sara Ahronheim email@example.com
Sara Ahronheim Biology 2001, Queen's University
"In the end we will conserve only that which we love; We will love only what we understand; We will understand only what we are taught."
-- Baba Diauorm, on Environmental Education
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I have reformatted the message to eliminate the "forwarding" characters introduced in the email process and taken the liberty of altering the spelling of three words.
The message appears to have come to me through Kathleen Williams and Allison Goebel, neither of whom I know but who might be able to vouch for the bona fides of Sara Ahronheim.
Kathleen Williams Program Assistant, Development Studies Queen's University Kingston ON Canada K7L 3N6
Dr. Allison Goebel Institute of Women's Studies and the School of Environmental Studies Queen's University Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D503 Kingston, Ontario, CANADA K7L 3N6
email: goebela@post. queensu. ca