Sunday February 7th

Surrey Street Council

Weekly campaign meeting of street community leaders in Surrey

We spent most of the meeting discussing the deluge of deaths that has overwhelmed the street community as a result of the isolation, violence, and neglect created by the government, social workers and supportive housing providers, police and bylaw officers, the health care system, the war on drugs, and gentrification; and we discussed how to make the deaths of our street kin meaningful through writing about them, holding a memorial, and continuing to organize. We also continued work on our “Stop the Sweeps” campaign against bylaw harassment and theft. Finally, we decided to open the Whalley Centre for additional hours on an experimental basis.

Red Braid Member Meeting

Bi-weekly meeting of all members of Red Braid

We reviewed and updated our Support and Accountability process protocols and discussed the introductory statement for our 2021 Winter Assembly at the end of the week!

Monday February 8th

Praxis Committee Meeting

Weekly committee meeting to plan Red Braid’s internal and public education work. 

We planned our presentation for the first class in a new political education series we are holding, called “Dissecting Fascism,” starting on Tuesday, February 16th!

The six-class series on fascism is open to the public.

To sign up, email organize@stopdisplacement.ca

Tuesday February 8th

RTB eviction appeal hearing

An Eviction Defence Network organizer called into a Residential Tenancy Board hearing to support a low-income tenant in Surrey facing eviction. As a result of the tenant’s self-advocacy, the arbiter delayed his eviction for 2 months. But the landlord was granted a writ of possession, which will be enforceable starting April 1st, so the fight is far from over.

Wednesday February 10th

Eviction Defence Network

Weekly campaign meeting of members of the Eviction Defence Network.

The Eviction Defence Network discussed ongoing outreach and organizing strategies to build tenant power in face of eviction. We also are finishing the touches on the Eviction Defence Network website!

Thursday February 11th

Eviction Defence Network in Langley

Eviction Defence organizers met with women who have been made homeless when a landlord suddenly evicted an entire recovery house by ending the contract with the (corrupt) recovery house operator.

Bread, Roses, and Hormones

Weekly meeting of Bread, Roses & Hormones, a campaign led by trans and non-binary people

This week Bread, Roses, and Hormones discussed how to increase our organizing capacity by adopting strategies for fighting against the ways we internalize patriarchal power and forming a study group to recruit other militant feminists in the area. We also began to plan our upcoming presentation at a women’s centre in the Surrey suburb outside of Vancouver, BC on BRH’s survey and political organizing strategy.

Friday February 12th

Eviction Defence in New Westminster

The Eviction Defence Network received a call from a resident of a supportive housing building run by Elizabeth Fry Society in New Westminster, whose neighbour was facing a no-notice, immediate eviction. Rather than accept her eviction to homelessness, the woman barricaded herself in her room. EDN members rallied in her building against her eviction, called upper management and argued that the eviction was illegal, and, after two and a half hours of attrition, forced the building management to retract her eviction… for the time being.

Anti-Sinophobia workshop

Red Braid’s “No War on China” campaign held a workshop about anti-Chinese racism with school counselors in Vancouver school district. To book a workshop contact us at organize@stopdisplacement.ca.

Whalley People’s Resource Centre

The Whalley Centre is open every Friday from 11pm to 7am. It is run by the Surrey Street Council. This Friday, around 30 people used the space to get away from the icy winds and snow, warm up, rest, or socialise, get hot food and drinks, dry clothes, harm reduction supplies, and first aid.

To donate to the Whalley Centre, contact us at 604-630-1722 or organize@stopdisplacement.ca. This week we need disposable cups and bowls, disposable face masks, coats, blankets, socks, and gloves.

We also accept donations via GoFundMe, PayPal, e-transfer, and cheque: https://www.redbraid.org/2020/12/16/save-whalley-centre/

Upcoming events!

Conditions of Struggle: Dissecting Fascism

Six bi-weekly online classes hosted by Red Braid members in Nanaimo, BC and Olympia, WA 

Class 2: Tuesday March 2nd, 2021. Email organize@stopdisplacement.ca for the readings!

Publishing done in this period

Besides the various leaflets and local newsletters, we also published the following Volcano articles:

Listen Chen, Coquitlam Bylaw’s War on the Poor: Sid and Sharon’s Story