Sunday March 28th
Stop anti-Asian hate rally
A Red Braid member participated in an anti Asian hate rally in Coquitlam, handing out flyers with our statement “Anti-Asian misogyny is state violence.”
Download the flyer as a PDF here. Also check out Listen Chen’s article, “Doubling down on Canadian nationalism won’t end anti-Asian hate,” where they argue about the need for an anti-imperialist analysis of racism in order to strike at the roots of sinophobia
Surrey Street Council
Weekly campaign meeting of street community leaders in Surrey
At the meeting, we debriefed the last Whalley Centre shift and prepared for the next one. We also talked about our “Stop the Sweeps” campaign, discussed possibilities for organizing a new tent city in Surrey, and planned a community memorial event for the end of April.
Red Braid Member Meeting
Bi-weekly meeting of all members of Red Braid.
We held two 45-minute political discussions: on vaccine apartheid, nationalism, and imperialist power; and on violence against sex workers and “trafficking.” We also approved a pitch for a Marxist Center panel presentation.
Monday March 29th
Weekly committee meeting to plan Red Braid’s internal and public education work.
This week we continued our discussions on the second edition of Red Braid’s book, A Separate Star, and also continued preparing for our upcoming class on fascism.
Tuesday March 30th
COS Education Series: Dissecting Fascism
Political education for Red Braid members, which we call Conditions of Struggle (COS).
Red Braid members from Nanaimo and Olympia hosted our fourth COS class with the purpose of political education and recruitment of people outside of the Vancouver area.
This week we read Audra Simpson’s “The State is a Man: Theresa Spence, Loretta Saunders and the Gendered Cost of Settler Sovereignty in Canada” and discussed the connections between misogyny, colonialism, and fascism.
Wednesday March 31st
Eviction Defence Network
Weekly campaign meeting of members of the Eviction Defence Network.
Last week we finalized our “No More Evictions” survey, which will help us learn more about working class and Indigenous people’s housing situations in order to organize collective resistance. Check out our survey here!
Marxist Center Internal Newsletter Working Group
Red Braid is affiliated with the Marxist Center. One of our members sits on the internal newsletter working group, which assembles a regular bulletin for Marxist Center members.
Thursday April 1st
Bread, Roses & Hormones
Weekly meeting of Bread, Roses & Hormones, a campaign led by trans and non-binary people.
This week we welcomed a new comrade into BRH, critically reflected on our first consciousness raising session, discussed the wave of anti-trans legislation in the United States as well as Biden’s “pink interventionism” as a form of imperialist foreign policy.
Supporting families in MCFD abuse case
Red Braid supported two families during the sentencing of an abusive foster parent. The grandchildren of a working class woman of colour and the child of an Indigenous woman were both harmed while they were in his care.
Friday April 2nd
Evictions Defence Network outreach
Members of the Evictions Defence Network distributed newsletters to tenants struggling against their landlord in a Maple Ridge apartment building.
Bread, Roses & Hormones: Banner-making party and postering
BRH-Nanaimo hosted a banner-making party, while BRH-Mainland postered around Metro Vancouver to invite low-income trans people to take part in our survey and get involved in the fight for universal trans health care.
Our Homes Can’t Wait meeting
Members of Red Braid participated in a meeting of the coalition Our Homes Can’t Wait (OHCW), along with other housing justice organizers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. We discussed updates on the fight for 100% social housing at the 58 W Hastings lot, the projected reopening of Oppenheimer Park nearly a year after the state displaced the long-standing tent city last May, and how we can support Camp KT from possible displacement. We also discussed next steps for completing our visioning statement.
Whalley People’s Resource Centre
Throughout the night, about two-dozen people used the space to warm up, rest, socialize, get hot food and drinks, dry clothes, harm reduction supplies, and first aid. One community member painted a new “Whalley Friendship Corner” sign and another dropped off a load of much-appreciated donations.
Our fundraiser is still online for donations. If you have extra coats, blankets, socks, or gloves, please consider donating them as well!
Conditions of Struggle: Dissecting Fascism
Six bi-weekly online classes hosted by Red Braid members in Nanaimo, BC and Olympia, WA
Class 5, on April 7th at 5:30pm, is about the relationship between democracy, civil society, and fascism. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the readings!
Publishing done in this period
Besides the various leaflets and local newsletters, we also published the following Volcano articles:
Ivan Drury, Peace for Little Joe