Homeless Survival Struggles2020-01-31T11:00:26-07:00

Homeless Survival Struggles

Over the years, Red Braid has organized nearly a dozen tent cities in as many communities. We believe tent cities have a dual character – as survival spaces in a dangerous world where homeless people have half the average life expectancy of the general Canadian population, and also as spaces of political transformation where homeless working class and Indigenous people can realize their collective political agency. Out of these spaces, political leaders emerge with visions that transcend their immediate conditions. In 2019, our years of organizing alongside unhoused leaders crystallized in the formation of the June 8th Poor People’s Network, which stretches throughout British Columbia, uniting poor people’s struggles and making revolutionary politics relevant to unhoused people.

Updates and Events

Coquitlam Bylaw evict couple from their riverside cabin

Coquitlam Bylaw told Sharon and Sid they would come today, January 21, to throw away their belongings and that tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26, their home will be bulldozed. Sid and Sharon do not want to leave their home in the midst of the double crises of Covid-19 and homelessness.

January 26th, 2021|

Whalley People’s Resource Centre Founding Statement

The Whalley Centre is run by and for the community: people surviving on the streets, warehoused in shelters, and incarcerated in supporting housing. The founding declaration explains the need for a street-run space in the face of police repression, government neglect, and social worker control.

December 16th, 2020|

Displaced from Wesley street, homeless people to rally and fight back against city and police

Former Wesley strip residents are calling a press conference for December 8th to speak out against the violent displacement by cops and by-law after a fire in the camp. A rally and march to City Hall will take place afterwards.

December 6th, 2020|

BREAKING: Bowing to protest, Coast Mental Health drops its unlawful guest ban in Maple Ridge supportive housing

Residents of supportive housing successfully forced Coast Mental Health to drop its deadly ban on guests, but the struggle to abolish supportive housing is far from over.

December 4th, 2020|

Fearing a worse repeat of the springtime death wave, supportive housing residents demand: “Bust the guest ban!”

Residents and loved ones of three supportive housing buildings operated by Coast Mental Health in Maple Ridge held a rally to demand an immediate end to the renewed building-wide ban on guests.

December 2nd, 2020|