Last Friday Biscotti and I participated in our second consecutive Critical Mass. Also participating was Betty Krawczyk. In the Straight Talk section of last week's Georgia Straight (September 27 - October 4, 2007), Matthew Burrows wrote a bit about her:
The first thing Betty Krawczyk did upon release from the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women on September 25 was to eat a breakfast of eggs over easy and hash browns.
Once she placed her order in the Maple Ridge restaurant where she sat with friends, the "very excited" 79-year-old environmental crusader wasted little time relaying her plans to the Straight via cellphone.
"It is going to be a family day at home tonight," Krawczyk said. "My daughters are cooking shrimp and prawns. Tomorrow there is a rally at the courthouse at 5 p.m. [to commemorate her release]. Then I have to look around my apartment and see that it is all in one piece after I've been away for so long."
On March 5, Krawczyk was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court to 10 months in prison after facing a charge of criminal contempt of court. She was arrested on three occasions, and charged with contempt of court, for opposing the bulldozing of West Vancouver's Eagleridge Bluffs and defying a court injunction to stay away from the site.
Krawczyk said her resolve has only been strengthened by her time inside. "The people in power are simply bound to the corporate welfare system," she said. "We need people who are not career politicians or looking to make politics a career, but are looking earnestly to move forward the human consciousness in an evolutionary way, that recognizes there is no way we could be a good or civilized society unless we consider the very weakest of the portion of the population, and also consider the very weakest links on the environment."
Krawczyk said she is considering running for office in the 2008 Vancouver municipal election or the next federal election, which could be called at any time.
"I call people that advocate cutting down Eagleridge Bluffs 'death-oriented'," Krawczyk added. "We have to get people in office who are life-oriented and who want to have a society in which life is the primary purpose of celebration, not the accumulation of large amounts of wealth for a few people."