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“For three years the DTES community has fought an ongoing campaign to end the discriminatory ticketing of low-income people. Last year 95% of all vending tickets and 76% of all jaywalking tickets across the city were handed out in the Downtown Eastside. In response VANDU and Pivot Legal Society filed an official complaint with the VPD. The complaint was officially dismissed by the Mayor and police board in September 2013.

An independent police watchdog, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, has rejected the reasons given by the Vancouver Mayor and Police Department for dismissing the complaint of discriminatory by-law enforcement in the Downtown Eastside. Since then VANDU has requested a meeting with the Mayor on this important issue, but he has refused to respond. We have no other choice to but to march for justice.”


Season 1, Episode 11
How to build a sanctuary city

Co-hosts: Daniel Tseghay and Tristan Markle

Click HERE to listen

On this episode of Mainlander Radio:

  • Harsha Walia of No One is Illegal (Vancouver) on services denied to people with non-status and local strategies to fight border imperialism.
  • Syed Hussan of Solidarity City Network (Toronto) on the grassroots movement to make Toronto a sanctuary city.

On Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM