Monday June 14th
Praxis Committee Meeting
Red Braid’s Praxis Committee met to plan our upcoming internal political education series, which will focus on our forthcoming book, A Separate Star.
Tuesday June 15th
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.
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.
Whalley People’s Resource Centre
As the days get warmer, we are transitioning to summer hours: the Whalley Centre will now be open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. This Tuesday, about 10 people came inside to chat, get donations, coffee, and snacks, or use the washroom.
Wednesday June 16th
Eviction Defence Network Meeting
We discussed ongoing organizing efforts in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, and Langley; continued work on our research project on gentrification; and planned next month’s townhall on supportive housing.
Bread, Roses & Hormones Summer School
We held the first class in our Socialist Feminist Summer School, where we went over the course outline and an introduction to autonomous trans organizing. We discussed the definitions Bread, Roses & Hormones uses in our organizing, what makes a meaningful campaign, and the development of political consciousness and skills through struggle.
Thursday June 17th
Bread, Roses & Hormones Meeting
At this meeting, we reflected on our recent work and resolved to plan an anti-corporate Pride BBQ and social event in July.
Surrey Street Council meeting
The Surrey Street Council is supporting the Justice for Georgia Campaign, to demand an end to Indigenous child apprehension and abuse in the foster care system. This week, our discussion focused on a rally coming up Monday, June 21st.
Friday June 18th
Court support for families of victims of foster care violence
Two Red Braid members accompanied two families whose children were sexually assaulted in foster care to a sentencing hearing for the abuser. This case is under publication ban.
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
Whalley People’s Resource Centre
The Whalley Centre is run by and for the community: people surviving on the streets, in shelters, and in supportive housing. This Friday, we had about 25 guests, served 30 hamburgers and hotdogs, went through 8 litres of pop, and distributed leaflets for the upcoming Justice for Georgia rally.
Saturday June 19th
Autonomous Tenants Union Network: Delegates Council
Red Braid’s Eviction Defence Network is affiliated with the Autonomous Tenants Union Network (ATUN). Our delegate participates in regular organizing meetings.
Dow Avenue Tenants Group Meeting
Red Braid’s Eviction Defence Network worked with the DATG to talk to tenants and strategize an upcoming all-building meeting with the landlord and the City. We came up with a list of individual and collective concerns that we are going to send as a letter to the City and the landlord.
Publishing done in this period
Besides the various leaflets and local newsletters, we also published the following Volcano articles:
Ivan Drury, Maple Ridge cops repress tent city protest, hand in hand with Ridgeilantes
Eviction Defence Network, Solidarity global and local at Dow Avenue Tenant Group’s first rally
Victoria Tenant Action Group (VTAG), The disturbing rise of involuntary “care” as a solution to homelessness