"The environment here allows people to open up" – Joel Solomon, Renewal Partners
We’ve written a few times here at CityCaucus.com about the folks that Frances Bula once "jokingly" referred to as the Hollyhock Mafia. We think it would be worthwhile for more Vancouverites, and those who work at City Hall to get to know the organization and its supporters who now pull the levers of power in our city.
The video above provided by Hollyhock’s Social Change Institute promotes their annual retreats done in the isolated surroundings of Cortes Island, where many recent City Hall hires have visited. We highly recommend to our readers to spend just over five minutes watching this, and make your own conclusions.
Featured speakers in the video include a who’s who of political and environmental activism, such as Judy Rebick and Tzeporah Berman, who currently sits as a director for the Hollyhock board. There are a few interesting quotes in the video, which have the tone of a religious call to action:
"We need to gain power. People want to take action. People are excited and willing." – Merren Smith, ForestEthics
"What we’re saying has a lot of receptivity. We actually have to be advancing things that can be implemented right away, that are tailor-made to be implemented by a receptive government." – Rick Smith, Environmental Defence
"We have an incredibly ambitious agenda we have to achieve, unprecented in the history of humanity. We have to transform the relationships with ourselves, with our neighbours and with the Earth. It’s never been done before." – Will Horter, Dogwood Initiative
At almost the exact five minute mark of the video you see the matron of this movement, Carol Newell, whose inherited millions form the base of the Endswell Foundation and Renewal Partners, the organizations Kentucky-bred Joel Solomon leads on her behalf. After Newell’s and Solomon’s heavily edited quotes, a pre-city councillor Andrea Reimer mutters this rapture-filled and ominous statement:
"I have ridiculous faith that this project of life and global survival is so possible and so doable."
It would be interesting to know how that Project of Life is going for Andrea now that she’s in government.
With the recent news that Geoff Meggs is in hospital after a collision with a car while riding his bike, the speculation is beginning as to whether the Hollyhock crowd will push for more power within Vision Vancouver. Meggs is the straight up labour guy representing the NDP faction of the party, whereas Robertson’s influential Chief of Staff Mike Magee leads the Hollyhock contingent.
We here at CityCaucus.com wish Coun. Meggs a speedy recovery, and hope that he has no lasting consequences of his accident.
– post by Mike