These are trying times and we hope you are all staying safe (at home, if you can). As Open Streets Cape Town we have been thinking about how we can contribute towards the wellbeing of our fellow Cape Town residents and our broader movement.
We believe strongly that SOCIAL DISTANCING should mean PHYSICAL DISTANCING and SOCIAL SOLIDARITY. This might just be a question of semantics, but it’s a powerful reminder of the need to pull together right now as people, communities, fellow humans. This is what we usually see happening at Open Streets Days: people connecting across divides and differences, building networks and using streets as platforms for sharing and maximizing opportunities.
We can’t come together right now, so hosting Open Streets Days is not possible. But we support another local citizen-driven initiative that is creating something similar in a virtual way:
CAPE TOWN TOGETHER invites people to join a virtual platform to support each other in our local communities through solidarity and sharing helpful information. Their “goal is to sprout a number of local neighborhood initiatives. This local initiative or CAN (Community Action Network) will be organized at the neighborhood level but also will be connected to the broader network – we are all in this together, and need to share resources across the city.”
JOIN & SHARE THE GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/207954483642332
FILL IN A FORM & JOIN THE NETWORK: https://forms.gle/9tKyc9n83PmVngjd8
FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES & INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS:
We all have a role to play in navigating this challenging reality, and this is a way to connect with and care for each other.
Rebecca & the Open Streets Cape Town Team