The problem with the #DontHave1Million housing rally
24 May 2015
This Sunday an unusual Affordable Housing Rally will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The stated goal of the rally is to attract Vancouver’s middle class residents, “young professionals,” and “well educated people” who #DontHave1Million. In the words of the organizers, the rally seeks to amplify the voices of those “increasingly incensed population of Vancouverites who by comparison live pretty privileged lives.” In a city with deepening poverty and a long history of working class housing movements, the event has been interpreted as a bold shift towards highlighting the housing aspirations of Vancouver’s relatively affluent.
The Women’s Memorial March: A Photo Essay
12 Feb 2015
Every year, community members gather at Main and Hastings to honour missing and murdered women and girls. In the absence of meaningful action at the institutional level, the march meaningfully bears witness to the disappeared. I took these photos in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at last year’s February 14th (2014) Women’s Memorial March. First held in 1991, this year the march will take place on Saturday at noon.
New Strathcona library includes social housing, despite Vision’s plan
20 Jan 2015
Today, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Public Library broke ground on a new library in Strathcona. The new VPL branch includes 21 units of social housing for single mothers. Despite positive media coverage, the truth is that the social housing units were built despite Vision Vancouver’s plans for the project.
We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion
5 Nov 2014
These caretakers and residents should not be facing an injunction or a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a corporate energy giant. Given the federal government’s failure to respond to residents, to Indigenous communities at the source of Tar Sands destruction and along the proposed pipeline route, and to municipal concerns, we laud these protectors for their bravery in taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.
JULY 26 | City-wide Housing March
25 Jul 2014
City-Wide Housing March
Sat July 26th
138 E Hastings, 1PM
End the evictions, empower the people.
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish territories
The housing crisis has never been worse in Vancouver – the year 2014 marks the largest homeless population ever recorded in the our city’s history.
- The problem with the #DontHave1Million housing rally