Sunday April 25th
Tenants picket landlord’s mansion
Twenty tenants with the Dow Avenue Tenants Group and the Eviction Defence Network paid a visit to Peterson CEO Ben Yeung’s multi-million dollar home in Kerrisdale to present a letter of demands calling for an end to Peterson’s attacks on tenants.
Red Braid member meeting
Bi-weekly meeting of all members of Red Braid.
At this week’s meeting, we discussed opposition to Bill C-15 from a number of Indigenous nations and leaders across Turtle Island. Bill C-15, known as “CANDRIP,” which purports to implement UNDRIP in Canada, but critics say it will ultimately undermine Indigenous sovereignty. We also heard an organizing report from a Red Braid member living in Olympia, Washington.
Monday April 26th
RV camp meeting
Red Braid is helping a group of RV dwellers in Vancouver organize to resist displacement.
Indigenous Leadership Council meeting
The Indigenous Leadership Council held an online meeting, with members calling in from Burnaby, Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Nanaimo.
Praxis Committee meeting
Weekly committee meeting to plan Red Braid’s internal and public education work.
We prepared for the sixth and final class in our political education series on fascism, which will focus strategies to fight fascism.
Tuesday April 27th
Eviction Defence Network: RTB hearing
The Eviction Defence Network advocated for a tenant against her abusive landlord, who attempted to evade the Residential Tenancy Act by calling her a “roommate,” when she was legally a tenant. We helped her win her case at the Residential Tenancy Board, where the adjudicator ordered the landlord to refund the tenant and give a verbal apology.
Maple Ridge Resistance
Weekly campaign meeting of a street community group in Maple Ridge.
After a weeks of substituting outreach tabling and surveying for our regular meetings, this week Maple Ridge Resistance organized a meeting in a parking lot with a group of unhoused people who are tired of being pushed from shelter to street to shelter to street again, and are hungry to organize and fight back.
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 sixth and final COS class with the purpose of political education and recruitment of people outside of the Vancouver area. This week’s class, titled “… and how to fight it,” focused on strategies to combat fascism.
Wednesday April 28th
Eviction Defence Network meeting
Weekly campaign meeting of members of the Eviction Defence Network.
At this meeting, we discussed ongoing organizing in Vancouver, Burnaby, New West, Maple Ridge, and Langley. We also debriefed last week’s network-wide meeting, and agreed these monthly meetings are an important way to connect tenants in struggle across the region and broaden political horizons.
Ceremony for Stolen Lives
The Surrey Street Council, with support from Red Braid, organized an outdoor, socially-distanced memorial and barbeque for friends, family, and fighters who have died on the streets, in shelters, and in supportive housing. Approximately 50 community members gathered to light candles, write names on a banner, and share food and memories. See photos from the event here.
Thursday April 29th
Bread, Roses & Hormones meeting
Weekly meeting of Bread, Roses & Hormones, a campaign led by trans and non-binary people.
We held our second consciousness raising session on the “double-bind” of being gendered: the violence of being misgendered and of being gendered correctly. It was a thoughtful and vulnerable discussion, with a good turnout of 11 people. One participant said they had never been in a space with so many trans people before, especially other trans feminine people, and reflected on the importance of trans-only spaces.
Friday April 30th
Eviction Defence Network: Supportive housing tenants’ meeting
The Eviction Defence Network is organizing with residents of a supportive housing building run by Elizabeth Fry Society. At the meeting we planned to begin an RTB dispute against Elizabeth Fry Society’s guest ban and seizure of residents’ belongings.
Whalley People’s Resource Centre
The Whalley Centre is open every Friday from 11pm to 7am. It is run by the Surrey Street Council.
It was a quiet night. We served a delicious cabbage and beef dish, got a few “Stop the Sweeps” surveys completed, and talked with a new community member who is excited to join our Street Council meetings on Wednesdays.
Donate to the Whalley People’s Resource Centre. The weather is getting warmer, but it is still cold at night. We need coats, blankets, gloves, socks, and clean underwear!
Saturday May 1st
Indigenous Leadership Council meeting
The Indigenous Leadership Council held another online meeting. As we experiment with organizing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, wish us power!
Dow Avenue Tenants Group outreach day
Eviction Defence Network and the Dow Avenue Tenants Group set up a table at Dow and Beresford in the heart of the Metrotown neighbourhood with a bunch of banners and newsletters about the renewed tenants struggle against demovictions. We spoke with about forty tenants in the community and decided to hold another outreach day next week and to build towards new community mobilizations against demovictions.
Publishing done in this period
Besides the various leaflets and local newsletters, we also published the following Volcano articles:
Victoria Tenant Action Group, Warehousing is not housing
Eviction Defence Network, Tenants picket landlord’s mansion after he locks them out of their homes