“In no religion is being poor dishonourable” Today, residents of Cissie Gool House hosted an interfaith blessing of the occupation. We welcomed members from across the community to join us. We acknowledged the traumas and struggles occupiers have been through and we were comforted by the compassion and solidarity of religious leaders who spoke of the deep and overwhelming principle of social justice at the heart of all religions. We came together in the face of a concerted push back this week by the City of Cape Town against affordable housing, using delays, interdicts and threats. Last Sunday they interdicted us form holding an exhibition at an Open House. What is so challenging about meeting, and talking about injustice and inequality that it requires lawyers from the state to shut it down? No, we can’t accept attempts to limit our freedom of speech, association and movement simply because the City of Cape Town and its lawyers don’t like the message. Poor and working-class people will Reclaim this City. We will do it peacefully. We will use our voices so that we can be heard. We will stand up and be counted like our parents and grandparents did before us. And we will not give up.