As Hurley’s term begins, Stop Demovictions Burnaby’s work will intensify. While we must celebrate our movement’s successful dethroning of the demoviction king, this victory is far from a reason to stop fighting. Our imaginations and hopes will not be restrained by what politicians inside colonial chambers bound by capitalist walls think is possible. Stop Demovictions will not only hold Hurley accountable, but relentlessly challenge him to go beyond a moratorium as we continue organizing in the streets to defend Metrotown as a working class and Indigenous neighbourhood.
Events and Updates
Anti-Police Power Surrey is organizing to push back against the relentless expansion of police power and calling for the City of Surrey to divest from the police and invest in the people. Our first action was a simple outreach effort at the mayoral debate at Aria Banquet Hall on Tuesday, October 16th. We showed up with placards that read “Defund Police” and “Invest in our Communities,” distributed over 200 pamphlets, and had conversations with people as they filed into the hall.
Three Alliance Against Displacement organizers speak about the roots of the housing crisis; how homeless Indigenous and working class people are organizing to meet their immediate needs for shelter, safety, and community; building a revolutionary political force in the streets; legal and political strategies; resisting the hard power of the police and the soft power of social workers; urban Indigenous political identity and struggle; ongoing state repression from city and provincial governments; community self-defence; building dual power through land relations; and more.
Spend the surplus! Metrotown residents challenge candidates to do “more than a moratorium” and use the budgetary surplus for non-market housing
Burnaby’s mayoral candidate Mike Hurley and his supporters in the Green Party have created a major challenge to Mayor Corrigan’s long rule with their centrepiece campaign promise of stopping demovictions in Metrotown. They have picked up the grassroots Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign’s long standing demand for a “moratorium on demovictions” until existing purpose built rental housing can be replaced. Stop Demovictions Burnaby and Metrotown tenants facing demoviction challenge Mayoral candidate Mike Hurley and the Green Party to adopt our vision of “more than a moratorium!” and implement policies to preserve the working class and tenant-majority character of Metrotown.
They get elected, we get evicted: Going beyond the inoffensive reforms of progressive political parties and the politics of the professional managerial class
AAD’s position on the 2018 municipal elections in British Columbia The 2018 municipal elections in British Columbia are significant in two ways: one, they are dominated by “the housing crisis,” a term that refers both to the frustrations of members of the professional managerial class who feel entitled to owning a detached house with a […]
“Nanaimo is following the letter, not the spirit of the law”: Discontent City returns to court as Mayor McKay fumbles the displacement of tent city
SNUYNEMEXW TERRITORY (NANAIMO): As the court-ordered deadline approaches for the displacement of the tent city on Nanaimo’s waterfront, Mayor Bill McKay can’t seem to get his story straight about whether or how he will order police to scatter hundreds of homeless people out into the streets of his town. Speaking to one reporter the day […]
Nanaimo ignores the Province’s request to delay the eviction of Discontent City; sends three hundred people into the streets
SNUNEYMUXW TERRITORY (NANAIMO): On Tuesday October 9th at a regular meeting with representatives of Discontent City, Nanaimo’s Director of Public Safety and Fire Chief Karen Fry announced that the City is rejecting the Province’s offer of support to keep the tent city open until 170 new rooms in Atco trailers are ready. Fire Chief Fry […]
Update on the Schoolhouse Squat and BC Housing’s new announcement about housing and the destiny of Discontent City Two big things happened on the Friday of the Thanks-taking weekend: the Provincial government made an announcement about Discontent City, and a group of 24 camp residents and supporters started a squat at the abandoned Rutherford Elementary […]
In the aftermath of the brutal RCMP take down of the Schoolhouse Squat – an action devoted to building homeless people’s autonomy and survival by holding space in an abandoned public school – social media has become a hotbed of slander and outright lies. Nanaimo-Ladysmith School Board Chair Steve Rae shared photos of the school […]
SCHOOLHOUSE SQUAT JAIL SUPPORT & PRESS CONFERENCE WHAT: Press conference and jail support for Schoolhouse Squatters WHERE: Nanaimo RCMP, 303 Prideaux, Snuneymuxw Territory WHEN: Sunday October 7, 12:30 pm Show up to support the Schoolhouse Squatters! If you can’t, we encourage people to phone the Nanaimo RCMP (1-250-745-2345) and demand the release of the squatters, […]