Sunday May 23rd

Red Braid Member Meeting

Bi-weekly meeting of all members of Red Braid.

This week’s meeting focused on internal organizational work, like passing new office protocols and deciding to finally purchase a Zoom account. We also discussed our participation in the Marxist Center.

Monday May 24th

Slocan RV Camp Meeting

Red Braid is supporting residents of an RV camp in Vancouver to organize against the threat of displacement. Today we finalized plans for a rally coming up on Wednesday.

Whalley Women’s Group

It was the second meeting of a new women’s group in Surrey. A small group of women from the street community attended and brainstormed ideas for the fledgling women’s group.

Tuesday May 25th

Eviction Defence Network: Eviction hearing

EDN supported a tenant in her application for a judicial review against the Township of Langley’s eviction.

Maple Ridge Resistance Meeting

We finalized plans for the “model tent city” action coming up next week.

Organizing for Power Training

Red Braid is organizing a cohort of tenant leaders to participate in Organizing for Power, a weekly skills-based training and networking program led by lead educator Jane McAlevey.

Wednesday May 26th

We Won’t Go! Slocan RV Rally

Slocan RV camp residents held their first rally, and it was a success. Camp residents spoke out against the criminalization of poverty. There were also statements of solidarity from the Vehicle Residents of Squamish Advocacy Group, the Surrey Street Council, and a local housing co-op.

Eviction Defence Network Meeting

We checked in on ongoing campaigns and planned our next townhall meeting, which will include a presentation on supportive housing and the work tenants are doing to fight back against the non-profit housing providers who trample over their rights.

Thursday May 27th

Bread, Roses & Hormones Meeting

BRH held our first cross-regional “coordinating” meeting. These meetings are focused on coordinating our campaign work across the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island. We planned the final push and wrap up of our survey and finalized the topic for our third consciousness-raising session: the limits of awareness-raising campaigns.

Surrey Street Council Meeting

We debriefed recent actions that the Street Council participated in, including the Justice for Georgia and Slocan RV rallies. We also finalized summer hours for the Whalley People’s Resource Centre.

Friday May 28th

Our Homes Can’t Wait Meeting

Red Braid is part of the coalition Our Homes Can’t Wait, along with other housing justice organizers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

Flint Hotel Residents Meeting

Red Braid is supporting residents of the Flint Hotel in Vancouver to organize to address slum-like conditions in their building. Today approximately 20 residents gathered for their first meeting to discuss the problems they face and how to fight back.

Whalley People’s Resource Centre

We had a quiet night at the Whalley Centre with about a dozen visitors dropping by to charge a phone, get a clean and dry change of clothes, have a snack, or drink a cup of hot coffee.

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!

Publishing done in this period

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

The Volcano, Vancouver RV camp refuses to obey City-ordered eviction

Groundings Podcast,  “Maybe liberation is within reach”: Palestinian resistance against Israeli settler colonialism