Rising Tide Vancouver – CST stands in Solidarity with those facing eviction due to corporate profit and those experiencing homelessness, gentrification, terrible housing and totally unaffordable rents. (https://tentcityvancouver.wordpress.com/)
We echo the demands for 100% social housing at welfare and shelter rates at 58 W Hastings and an immediate moratorium on demovictions in the Metrotown area.
Gentrification is a climate justice issue.
Gentrification is a form of displacement based on land as a commodity rather than a human need. Land supports all forms of life and it’s being destroyed by massive resource extraction in the name of corporate profit, including the developers responsible for these displacements.
We live on unceded, never freely given but stolen indigenous lands. Many indigenous people have been dispossessed of their land and make up a substantial number and are once again facing homelessness and displacement in Vancouver’s DTES.
We call on the climate justice movement to support these occupations against displacement:
1. Share Vandu and Alliance Against Displacement’s joint statement below (and share the needs!).
2. Show up! There is a need for people and material support.
Tent city Vancouver, 58 west Hastings needs:
-A tape measure
Food (things you can put in a pot):
-Salt and Pepper
Bby Demoviction Occupation needs:
3. Stay up to date:
Update posted regularly @stopdisplacemnt (Bby demoviction occupation) and tentcityvancouver.wordpress.com (58 w Hastings tent city)
In solidarity, Rising Tide, Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories
*Homeless & Demovicted People Unite!*
*Joint call-out from the simultaneous Vancouver & Burnaby housing justice occupations*
The July 9th housing justice day of action called by Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has spilled over from one day to two ongoing actions for housing justice. A Tent City is being set up in the Downtown Eastside, in an empty lot at 58 West Hastings, where the Olympic Tent Village was during the 2010 Olympics. And in the Metrotown area of Burnaby, residents demovicted from three buildings on the 5000 block of Imperial Street are supporting an occupation of one emptied apartment building. These coordinated occupations show that the housing and homelessness crisis is
not just a matter of the so-called “street homeless;” the crisis includes more than 100,000 people throughout BC who are evicted, couch surfing, displaced, underhoused, pushed out of tent cities, criminalized, and homeless. We are calling out for homeless and evicted people to join these occupations, take them back from development corporations, and transform them from protests to spaces of survival, safety, and community.
Perhaps squats may now be joining tent cities as spaces of patchwork survival for displaced people. The Metrotown occupiers declare the solidarity and unity of the demovicted with homeless people. The most vulnerable amongst the eighty demovicted from this parcel of buildings we occupy were pushed out into “hidden” homelessness, couch surfing and crashing with family or friends. But no couch surf lasts forever. The difference between “hidden” and “street” homelessness can be just a matter of days. We should not allow apartments to sit empty while our people sleep on couches or on the street.
The Demoviction Occupation at 5025 Imperial (and adjoining buildings which are also empty) calls out to homeless and evicted people and supporters of housing justice in and around Burnaby to come take an apartment. Sleep here one night or many. Hang out with our growing community and share food and discussions. The RCMP has said that they will not take action to displace the occupiers until Amacon, the owner of the building, gets a court
injunction for our removal. Although the police *could *come and remove us at any time, because it is the weekend, it could take awhile. We invite the community to come take advantage of the open building and empty apartments. Let’s take the housing we need!
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) led over 300 residents, primarily from the marginalized communities of the Downtown Eastside, on a rally and march for Housing Justice. We feel the effects of property speculation and gentrification here most acutely, where residents are being displaced and homelessness is only a moment away. The message? No more: we demand housing justice now. And tents are already up, and we call out to all unhoused people to join this community, based on respect and social justice. Let’s demand the housing we desperately need and deserve. Please visit tentcityvancouver.wordpress.com and support us.
Demoviction Occupation at 5025 Imperial in Burnaby: 604-209-0284
Vancouver Tent City at 58 W. Hastings in the Downtown Eastside: 604-315-8766