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Discontent City, Nanaimo

On May 17, 2018, homeless residents of Nanaimo, their supporters, and members of Alliance Against Displacement set up tents in an unused lot at the edge of downtown Nanaimo, founding Discontent City. For over 300 homeless residents, the tent city is an important site of collective survival that makes solidarity, safety, and care possible. But Discontent City residents still deal with daily harassment and violence from the police, anti-homeless bigots, and organized fascists – namely, the white supremacist group, the Soldiers of Odin, which has a substantial presence in Nanaimo. At Discontent City, just like at Anita Place tent city in Maple Ridge, anti-homeless bigotry takes on an intensity that differs from the hatred and prejudice expressed towards homeless people in larger urban centres like Victoria and Vancouver.

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