I’ve played baseball for 20 out of the 26 summers of my life, and while some of you may think of it as a stretch, I can’t help but think of some of the similarities between an average baseball season and working for CCBR in the Calgary office.
Travelling to a different city to do activism is always an exhilarating experience for me. Questions like, “How will the city respond to our activism?”, “What will our host families be like?”, and “Will there be a frenzy of media and police attention because they haven’t seen a group like CCBR before?” raced through my mind as our two Dodge Grand Caravans clipped along the highway that split the waves of prairie grass on our way from Calgary to Saskatoon.
Having recently received the BC Supreme Court decision involving myself, together with the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) versus the University of Victoria (UVic) and the University of Victoria Students' Society (UVSS) that stated UVic is not subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it comes to which groups they decide to allow to share their message, I've been asked a few times now if it is exciting to be involved with such a prominent and essential court case. For some reason they are surprised when I say I'm not excited at all.
Richard Semapala does not know when his birthday is. He does not know who his parents are, and he can only speculate as to which city he was born in. Yet he has committed his life to giving a future filled with hope to those often referred to as “hopeless”.