Residents named the new tent city "Whalley World" in honour of the low-income neighbourhood that the City of Surrey is trying to rebrand and sell off to developers. People are tired of watching luxury condo towers go up while their friends are evicted to the streets, and they are fighting back!
On Saturday June 20th, residents of Whalley are rallying on 135A Street, the former site of the tent city known as the Surrey Strip, against Mayor McCallum’s plan to push low-income residents out of the neighbourhood and hand Whalley over to the rich.
At 6am on Tuesday, June 16th, more than 50 Vancouver Police Department officers arrived at the CRAB Park/Namegans tent city and announced that anyone who did not leave the camp will be arrested. They did not announce a charge.
On Saturday June 13th, residents of CRAB Park tent city and their supporters will mount their street defence against the court-ordered displacement of more than 100 homeless people who have made a home at the inner city park since the recent displacement of Oppenheimer Tent City.
CRAB Park tent city residents and supporters say there's nowhere to go after eviction, and that the parking lot where they live is unceded Indigenous territory and part of a precious environmental heritage site.
Homelessness and COVID-19 continue to endanger the DTES community, despite “success” at Oppenheimer Park
DTES community members call a press conference to debunk the “success story” of Oppenheimer Park tent city's eviction, highlighting the thousands who are still homeless and the community's ongoing vulnerability to COVID-19.
Supportive housing residents from throughout Metro Vancouver call a press conference to speak out against the policy of BC Housing-contracted supportive housing operators to ban all guests from their buildings. They say, “Banning guests is killing us quicker than COVID.”
After living in their apartment for seven years, Michelle and her partner are facing an imminent eviction. Their building was sold at the end of March for $3.4 million. "They want to throw us out in the middle of a pandemic with no time to find a place," says Michelle.
On March 25th, the provincial government announced a halt on evictions for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 crisis. That means if you can’t pay your rent, stay in your home. Now is the time to say enough by organizing to collectively withhold our rent!
Red Braid member Teresa Dettling responds to criticisms that deny and erase women’s leadership in Red Braid. She says, "I refuse to stand by while my sisters are being slandered, and their work erased and ignored. To the people who want to label us a 'cult,' we are not going to be quiet and we are not going to stop fighting with our sisters, supporting our sisters, and organizing with our Indigenous and working class sisters."