Taking Action

Stop the apathy. Stop making excuses.

Someone’s past or present struggles or mistakes shouldn’t be grounds for the dismissal or minimization of their murder. This is the case of Cindy Gladue whose killer, Bradley Barton, whether premeditated or accidental was acquitted of her murder though lying about their relationship, the circumstance and his part in her severe internal injury, leaving her to bleed to death in a hotel bathtub…..

Read her story, which is reflective of thousands of indigenous woman in a number of years which officials and Harper dismiss.

“Write to Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis. Express your moral outrage, grave concern for public safety and the miscarriage of justice for Cindy Gladue. Tell him your letter is a vote of non-confidence from us, Gladue’s fellow citizens, in the verdict of not guilty for Bradley Barton, the man who caused her violent death.”

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

***Please be aware that this post discusses a recent violent crime. Details may be upsetting. images

As a woman in this country, sometimes I think the real question is: When do we start rioting? Earlier this week Ontario resident Bradley Barton was acquitted in the murder of Cindy Gladue, an Aboriginal sex worker. Gladue died four years ago, in a hotel bathtub in Edmonton. Barton is the one who called it in. He told 911 operators that he’d found an unknown woman dead in his hotel bathroom, but CCTV later revealed that Barton and Gladue had spent time together over the previous two evenings. In court, Barton pleaded that her death was accidental, a result of rough sex. Gladue bled to death, caused by an eleven-centimetre stab wound along the right side of her vagina. Acting chief medical examiner Graeme Dowling testified that considerable force would have been needed to cause the wound.

No one consents to…

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