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Yesterday a media leak revealed that immigration officials are recommending the removal of citizenship rights from babies born to non-residents in Canada. This came on the heels of the racial profiling and arrest of 21 undocumented workers in Ontario this weekend. A network of immigrant and refugee groups is condemning both these developments as symptomatic of a “racist system of managed migration.”

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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.

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Editors’ Note | Tomorrow, Sunday morning at 7am, the Mayor’s Encampment Committee is going to try to evict the tent city at Oppenheimer park. Homelessness is increasing because rents are too high, wages and welfare are too low, and the city/developers are gentrifying the Eastside. Highlighting the colonial expansionist aspect of this ongoing process, here is a statement from the residents of the park, Salish peoples and community supporters.

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Postering: one of the many activities you can participate in.

The Mainlander is currently looking for more writers and editors to cover diverse political issues in Vancouver.

The Mainlander wants to diversify and expand our writing collective. In particular we want to encourage women, people of colour, indigenous people, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQQIP2S and/or low-income people to submit articles and participate in the collective. We realize that this involves working towards making The Mainlander a safe, accessible, supportive and inclusive space for everyone to participate and we welcome all feedback relating to this aim.

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The Mainlander has been covering municipal politics from a critical perspective for four years, and our last year has been spent digging deeper into the politics of the housing crisis in Vancouver. The writing community and editorial collective of The Mainlander has expanded a lot recently, which has allowed us to cover overlapping issues of colonialism, racism, gentrification and policing in our city. But we want to keep growing and we need your support!