Kingston Coalition Against Poverty (KCAP) is inviting the community to join them for a candlelight vigil in memory of an under-remembered and under-served group of war casualties: homeless veterans.
The vigil, now in its fourth year, will be held at the cenotaph in MacDonald Park at 7pm on Remembrance Day, November 11th. It calls for an end to homelessness for those suffering injury and PTSD as a result of their military service. The event is also to “ponder the intersections between the power structures that send people to war and the power structures that let people, veterans and otherwise, fall through the cracks.”
Event holders point out that this is a refugee-friendly event. “There are many who like to rhetorically pit programs for veterans against programs for refugees, but we are not among them,” writes organizers. “KCAP believes in striving for adequate quality of life for all people, and in particular we do not believe that we should pit victims of war against each other.”
Kingston Coalition Against Poverty is a local, direct-action anti-poverty organization that works to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty. It pursues that goal through direct-action initiatives and by acting as an advocate for the poor and working people who are affected by government and institutional policies.
Learn more about the Remembrance Day vigil at its Facebook event page.