For Immediate Release
August 19 2020
“TD Takeover” occupation of Surrey modular housing ends in mass arrests
UNCEDED KWANTLEN, KATZIE, KWIKWETLEM, QAYQAYT TERRITORY (SURREY): Yesterday homeless activists and supporters barricaded themselves in a wing of Nickerson Place modular housing, known as the “TD mods” to the local street community. The occupiers, who called their action the “TD Takeover,” refused to leave until four demands were met: (1) the protection of all low-income housing, (2) an end to all evictions, (3) the abolition of the “supportive” housing model, and (4) the abolition of the police.
BC Housing is closing the 46-unit modular housing building this week so that Bosa Properties can build condos on the site. Despite promises from bureaucrats and politicians that temporary modular housing in Surrey will be replaced by permanent low-income housing, Nickerson Place is shutting down with nothing to take its place.
TD Takeover occupiers included residents of multiple temporary modular housing buildings in Surrey, all operated by Lookout Society, housed and unhoused residents of Surrey, members of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and members of Red Braid Alliance.
Occupiers on the outside of the building set up tents and raised banners and Indigenous occupiers lit a sacred fire. Residents and staff of Nickerson Place were free to come and go, although the Surrey RCMP prevented an elderly, disabled resident from returning to his home.
The occupation lasted six hours, ending with the Surrey RCMP arresting 23 people without warning. Most occupiers who were outside the building were charged with Mischief and Trespassing. Occupiers inside the building were charged with Mischief and BNE.
Two occupiers were released with conditions to not be on any Lookout Society property, despite being residents of Lookout-run modular housing. One was told by the RCMP that he had been evicted by Lookout Society.