The Carnegie Community Action Project bulletin this month is mostly announcements for upcoming events… September is a busy month! We are working on our newsletter bulletin now so stay tuned for news and updates later this week.
1. Save Social Housing Coalition meeting, Wednesday September 12, 7pm at Carnegie Theatre
2. Women’s Housing March, Saturday September 15, 1:30pm at Cordova and Columbia
3. Women speak out against pipelines, Friday September 21, 7pm at Aboriginal Friendship Centre
4. The War Stops Here! Gathering against drug prohibition, Saturday September 22, 9:30am-6pm at Oppenheimer Park
5. What we are hearing in the DTES Local Area Planning Process, Friday September 28 at the Japanese Language Hall, time TBA.
Save Social Housing Coalition BC
Wednesday September 12
7pm Carnegie Centre Theatre
Tea and an evening snack will be provided.
We are inviting a broad cross section of organizations and people from throughout the Lower Mainland representing communities and people throughout BC including groups representing low-income, Indigenous, migrant, racialized, disabled, LGBTI2Q, senior and young people as well as labour and student unions and academics.
We hope that this coalition can be a coming together of communities united by our common struggle for housing justice and security as a right of all people and a social responsibility. We are calling this meeting for a coalition that can work for two demands focusing on making housing *the* issue of the coming 2013 BC-provincial election:
1. SOCIAL HOUSING: For a powerful provincial social housing program to build over 2,000 units of social housing in Vancouver and an additional 1,000 units province wide a year every year, and;
2. RENT CONTROL: For municipal and provincial rent controls that will protect low-income affordable privately owned rental housing by protecting the rents of housing units and not just tenancies.
6th ANNUAL WOMEN’S HOUSING MARCH
Sat. Sep 15 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories
* Homes for People, not Profit for Real Estate!
* No Slumlords, No Evictions and No Gentrification!
* Rent Control not Social Control!
* Homes not Jails!
* Homes not Pipelines!
* Housing, Childcare, and Healthcare for All!
On Saturday Sep 15 at 1:30 pm, join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group in the 6th Annual March for Women’s Housing and March Against Poverty.
This year we continue to march for housing, childcare, and healthcare for all low-income residents in the DTES. We want no more evictions, no more displacement, and no more gentrification in our neighourhood. We know that the growing number of cops and condos in the DTES is part of a larger
pattern to destroy and privatize neighourboods, communities, and the land. We want to live free: free from BC Housing controls, free from violence against women, and free from this system that is hurting and killing us.
We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march. All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest-vehicle for elders. Spread the word!
Email: email@example.com or Phone: 778 885 0040
The DTES Power of Women Group is a group of women (we are an inclusive group) from all walks of life who are either on social assistance, working poor, or homeless; but we are all living in extreme poverty in and around the DTES. Our aim is to empower ourselves through our experiences and to raise awareness from our own perspectives about the social issues affecting the neighbourhood. Many of us are single mothers or have had our children apprehended due to poverty; most of us have chronic physical or mental health issues for example HIV and Hepatitis C; many have drug or alcohol addictions; and a majority have experienced and survived sexual violence and mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional abuse. For indigenous women, we are affected by a legacy of the effects of residential schools and a history of colonization and racism.
Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands
When: Friday September 21
Doors at 5:30 pm. Program ends at 8:30 pm
Where: Aboriginal Friendship Center
1607 East Hastings St (corner Commercial)
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Childcare & Feast (sponsored by the International Woman’s Climate Caucus).
This is a free event.
Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project, the Tar Sands Gigaproject. Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and human health of Indigenous communities including the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation, Fort McKay Cree Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, and the Metis, are being sacrificed for oil money in what has been termed a “slow industrial genocide”.
Infrastructure projects linked to the tar sands expansion such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Ontario Line 9 reversal, and the Keystone XL pipeline threaten Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
Join us to hear from Indigenous women at the front line of defending the land and communities from tar sands development and expansion.
* Ta’Kaiya Blaney is a Sliammon Nation youth who made headlines when she wrote a song to speak up against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Since then, she has been a strong Indigenous youth voice locally and internationally advocating to protect the coast and the land against big oil.
* Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dene from the Athbasca Chipewyan First Nation of Northern Alberta, Canada. She is currently the Communications Coordinator for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who have recently filed a suit against oil giant Shell Oil Canada for their open-pit mining projects.
* Suzanne Dhaliwal is the co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.
* Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has been working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years. She has worked with organizations like Redwire Native Media Society and Indigenous Media Arts Society. She has joined Greenpeace as a tar sands
climate & energy campaigner.
This event is organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network. IEN is an alliance of grassroots Indigenous Peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws.
This event is supported by Aboriginal Front Door, Alliance for Peoples Health, Council of Canadians, Indigenous Action Movement, Mining Justice Alliance, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Working Group, Pipe Up Network, Purple Thistle Center, Rabble.ca, Streams of Justice, Tanker Free BC, Western Wilderness Committee and the International Woman’s Climate Caucus.
THE WAR STOPS HERE!
Ending drug prohibition in the DTES and beyond
– A Community Dialogue –
Saturday, Sept 22, 2012
9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Oppenheimer Park, Downtown Eastside
Unceded Coast Salish Territory
Drug Prohibition uses criminalization as a means to reduce or eliminate the production, distribution and use of certain substances. As a social policy, it has been a costly failure. The financial and material resources necessary to implement it are staggering, and the various human and social costs to individuals, families and communities caught in the drug war are devastating. The persistence of prohibition, despite its obvious futility, indicates that it serves other purposes or interests. It has long functioned as a tool of race and class based social control, legitimized the expansion of the state’s militarized policing powers, and been used to justify and fund imperialist intervention and proxy wars.
On the local front, the Downtown Eastside has borne the wounds, fractures, diseases and deaths that prohibition produces, and its residents carry the alienating stigma that criminalization generates. Overdose deaths, murdered and missing women, the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hep C, child apprehensions, needless incarceration, daily police harassment and intimidation –all flow from living under the regime of drug prohibition.
It’s time to move beyond prohibition towards a framework that recognizes the desire for altered states of consciousness as a normal part of human behaviour, that develops drug policy based on public health and social justice, and that begins to address the social roots of addiction. We need to set drug use within the framework of collective self-determination and social justice not punishment and exclusion.
The Downtown Eastside has long been ground zero for the war on drugs, but it is also the site of some of the most powerful and dynamic challenges to the paradigm of prohibiton. The drug war began here over a century ago; now it’s time to stop it here.
This community gathering will open up space for popular education and dialogue around prohibition and build momentum toward strategies for social change.
Special guest speaker: Deborah Peterson Small
Deborah Small is Executive Director of Break the Chains, an organization that seeks to build a national movement within communities of color against punitive drug policies. Break the Chains’ ultimate goal is to implement progressive drug reform policies that promote racial justice and human rights. Before assuming her position at Break the Chains, she was Director of Public Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance.
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
End Prohibition Project
Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning Process
WHAT WE ARE HEARING IN THE DTES LAPP
Public report-back event
Friday September 28
Japanese Language Hall
Since the DTES Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) started in the spring the 30-member committee has worked with city staff in four major workshops, held meetings with agencies and communities not on the LAPP committee, and organized a process to measure the social impact of development on the DTES low-income community. This event will be a milestone in the planning process as the committee and staff publicly present together on the outcomes of those outreach and workshop meetings and discussions.
Everyone who is interested in the future of the Downtown Eastside is welcome to attend this event to hear about the work of the LAPP and add to our vision of the future of the neighbourhood.