Betty Krawczyk not running for political office, focusing on Occupy Vancouver

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      The 83-year-old activist great-grandmother known for her relentless resistance to corporate and government abuse has said “things are happening too fast” in the world to justify a run at political office in 2011.

      “The world conditions are changing,” Betty Krawczyk, a 2008 Vancouver mayoral candidate now based in Cumberland, told the Straight by phone. “I believe that more action will come from the energy of people outside the established order of things—outside of the established institutions. And they will come from young people who are faced with no jobs, diminishing means for education, chewed up futures from economic chicanery...expressions such as will take place on the 15th at the [Vancouver] Art Gallery, the Occupy Vancouver [protest], I think. This is in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street.”

      Krawczyk, a veteran of the Clayoquot Sound anti-logging protests, was arrested and jailed after trying to block machinery from demolishing Eagleridge Bluffs five years ago.

      Nowadays Krawczyk said she dances daily to stay fit, and has focused her efforts on a video blog that has replaced her written blogs. She already has two under her belt and has another in the works for this weekend.

      And Krawczyk said that, “because there’s no court order preventing it”, she plans on attending the Occupy Vancouver protest this month.