Sunday May 2nd

Red Braid Coordinating Committee meeting

Bi-weekly meeting of the Red Braid CC, tasked with planning organizational work over the coming week.

Tuesday May 4

Eviction Defence Network: 2 RTB hearings

EDN organizers assisted tenants who are being demovicted by the Township of Langley in their RTB dispute. They lost the dispute, but plan on filing a judicial review to keep fighting to stay in their homes. We also assisted a tenant of supportive housing in her dispute against Coast Mental Health for preventing her husband from visiting her in her unit.

Ridge Resistance meeting

We had a lively meeting in Maple Ridge and discussed the arbitrary evictions by the local Salvation Army shelter and bylaw officer harassment of homeless people. We decided to organize a rally later in the month. See photos of the meeting here.

COS Education series: Fascism

We had our sixth and final class in our political education series on fascism, discussing what kind of power we need to build to fight fascism.

Wednesday May 5

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 real estate corporation Peterson’s concessions to tenants, which they offered in response to the shame action we held outside one of their CEO’s homes last week.

EDN organizers and tenant activists will be participating in the upcoming organizing workshop series, Organizing for Power.

ATUN organizing committee meeting

EDN is part of the Autonomous Tenants Union Network. One of our members called into the monthly organizing committee meeting.

Surrey Street Council meeting

We decided to organize a women’s group. As one Street Council member explained, “Being on the streets has made us who we are: damn smart, strong women. We need to use our strength to help each other and all the girls that just are coming up.”

Thursday May 6th

Marxist Center Delegates Council meeting

Red Braid is affiliated with the Marxist Center. We have a member on the Delegate Council who participates in bi-monthly meetings.

Friday May 7th

Marxist Center Communications Committee

Red Braid is affiliated with the Marxist Center. One of our members is a co-chair of the Communications Committee, which assembles a regular bulletin for Marxist Center members.

Whalley People’s Resource Centre

There were about 20 people who accessed the space throughout the night, mostly coming inside for a cup of coffee and a snack, and then going back out. There was also a positive and spirited group of about 20 people using the space outside of the Centre to sit and socialize.

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 8th

Online social with Speak Out Now

Red Braid members met with members of the Bay Area-based socialist organization, Speak Out Now, to get to know one another.

ATUN Townhall: A Year in Pandemic Organizing

EDN called in to ATUN’s monthly virtual townhall, where tenant organizers reflected on a year of struggling within and against the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Dow Avenue Tenant Group outreach

DATG outreached to other tenants in the neighbourhood to invite them to get involved in the fight against gentrification and displacement in Burnaby.

Bread, Roses & Hormones self-defence workshop

BRH held our first self-defence workshop for low-income trans people.

Publishing done in this period

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

Ivan Drury, Chilliwack City Hall Behind Shutdown of City’s Only Overdose Prevention Site

Ivan Drury, Surrey’s Ceremony for Stolen Lives remembers the dead with a pledge to fight for the living