Unceded and Occupied Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt & Kwikwetlem Territories

Red Braid began organizing in Surrey in 2015 alongside residents of the 135A Street “Surrey Strip.” Some referred to the Strip as a tent city, while others called it an “outdoor prison” because of the intense harassment and surveillance they faced from the “Surrey Outreach Team” – a team of 12 police and four bylaw officers, established to patrol the Strip 24/7. In June 2018, the City of Surrey erected 160 ATCO trailer rooms and cleared the Surrey Strip of tents. Some residents were moved into the modular housing, others into shelters, and the rest were scattered across Surrey. Former residents of the Strip established Sanctuary Tent City in June 2019, defending it from displacement pressures until December, when the City of Surrey bulldozed the camp.

Leaders that emerged out of these struggles continue to organize for homeless survival and power as leaders of the June 8th Network.

Updates and Events

Surrey Bylaw officers threaten to displace new homeless camp, homeless campers announce plans to resist

Surrey bylaw enforcement officers are threatening to displace over 50 homeless people, who are camping in a wooded lot off of King George Blvd past 112th Ave, which campers have named ‘Sanctuary.’

July 8th, 2019|

Former residents of the Surrey Strip: “The only difference is now we’re scattered and hidden”

One year has passed since police, city workers, and social workers cleared nearly 100 tents off the 135A Street “Surrey Strip”. Homeless activists say the anniversary is nothing to celebrate.

June 21st, 2019|