STAND: “Homes for All” in Vancouver

Just received notice on this initiative happening citywide on Vancouver street-corners, Saturday the 23rd from 1-2pm.

I’ll be at the Northern Voice event so can’t make it to any of these corners, but here’s the info – and please pass it along.

STAND: “HOMES FOR ALL!”
8 Locations:
– Main St. & 33rd Avenue (Kia Salomons and CALM)
– Main St. & King Edward (Ned Jabobs and CALM)
– Arbutus & King Edward (Maggie Geiser and CHC)
– Broadway & McDonald (Julie Hughes and CHC)
– Broadway & Heather (Rider Cooey and CHC)
– Commercial & 1st Avenue (Dave Diewert and Streams of Justice)
– Cordova & Gore (Anne Kennedy and Social Justice Cttee. at St James Anglican Church)
– Burrard & Nelson (Bobbie Phillips and St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Housing and Mental Health Action Group)

Please join us at any of the above locations. We have held STANDS for HOUSING at Main and 33rd Ave. since October, and we believe there can be a big impact with STANDS throughout the city.
The idea of the STAND is based on the moving example of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, mothers whose children were “disappeared”: by the military, ’76 to ’83. They stood every week in a city square wearing white scarves. The scarves became an international “brand” for peaceful protests.

Similarly, ours is not a rally, but a visual presence. Our initial STAND has been near Little Mountain Housing complex, awaiting ‘redevelopment’ in 2010 and with 100 homes already sitting empty. Your STAND could be within walking distance of your home. It need last for only one hour, Saturday, 1:00 to 2:00 pm. We hand out leaflets to pedestrians and cars at the red light, discussing the great and growing need for permanent social housing, not just temporary supportive housing. We urge people to join us or create their own STAND in their neighbourhoods.

POLICIES THAT CAUSE HOMELESSNESS MUST BE CHANGED

We hope you’ll join this action on February 23 and beyond.
This action is organized by CALM, Citywide Housing Coalition, and Streams of Justice

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3 thoughts on “STAND: “Homes for All” in Vancouver

  1. I know you’ll all hate me and think I’m against protesting homelessness but I do think that taking a stand for homelessness was a good idea, initially. I live at Main & 33rd and get to listen to the “silent” protest of people standing with big blue banners, handing out information pamphlets, and waving at the cars going by, bringing on supportive honking from quite a few cars, slowing of other cars to look, and more honking in response to the latter. I think its fabulous what you have done to draw attention to the social housing redevelopment but does it have to be on the corner of Main & 33rd every weekend. We also have a right to live in our homes and given that we could only afford (after working very hard to save a down payment and pay a very high mortgage) to live on a busy intersection in a very small apartment (3 adults and 2 small children in 2 bedrooms and under 800sf) it makes it more difficult when it gets noisier every Saturday morning/afternoon. Initially it was nice to hear the support for housing, then comical as our dog started barking at every loud horn, then frustrating as we tried to get our kids to nap and not scream at our barking dog. As the weather gets hotter so does the temperature in our house and soon we will be unable to close our windows to dampen the extra noise. Can’t protesting be done at new intersections and in new neighborhoods, can’t all of the city share the burden of being a voice for housing, not just Main & 33rd?

  2. Hello Ms Bateman,
    You’re right. An hour of honks on Saturday afternoons must get pretty irritating.

    We’re planning future actions in support of Little Mtn tenants, in order to get:
    > “phased development,” so people don’t have to move out
    > added social housing in the renewed of Little Mountain Housing
    > community involvement in the design of the development.

    The problem created for you by the LM STANDS for Housing will be part of our discussions. If you’ll send me contact info, I’ll propose that we invite you to our meeting.
    Regards,
    Rider Cooey
    Citywide Housing Coalition
    STAND co-ordinator

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