Peace for the World

Peace for the World
First democratic leader of Justice the Godfather of the Sri Lankan Tamil Struggle: Honourable Samuel James Veluppillai Chelvanayakam

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Meetotamulla and the Seeds of Things

by Tisaranee Gunasekara- 

"It’s not that we decided to house ourselves near a garbage dump, but it was they who decided to dump garbage near our houses." 
Nuwan Bopage (Daily Mirror – 17.4.2017)

In 1979, residents of Northwood Manor in Texas, USA, sought judicial intervention to prevent the creation of a garbage dump in their neighbourhood. The court agreed that the dump would do irreparable harm to the residents by affecting "the entire nature of the community, its land values, its tax base, its aesthetics, the health and safety of its inhabitants..."i However the residents were not granted the relief they sought. The case was filed under the Civil Rights Act and the court ruled that the residents had failed to prove adequately the existence of discrimination.