Time for an Inner City DTES community update on key projects several of us are working on, from SFU’s-100 communities dialogue on economic development, the DNC Street Market, ALIVE’s Salish Sea Civilization and the Inner City Economic Strategy.
Presenters included Scott Clark of ALIVE, Hendrik Hoekema of Our Place, Lou-Ann Neel from Vancouver Moving Theatre, Roland Clarke of DNC Street Marker, Mark Friesen of SFU Public Square, Steven Kakinoosit of Idle No More BC, and Dwayne Gladue (President & CEO FDG Enterprises & Creator of H.O.W.A.R.T Model & Unifying The Journey Personal, Professional & Business Development Seminar & Workshops Series)
Aboriginal Art meeting in the DTES with Hendrik Beune, Scott Clark, David Morrison and Matthew James
Scott Clark of ALIVE speaks on Idle No More to Urban Aboriginals at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver
Scott Clark of ALIVE and Don Walchuk of ICTV at ICTV’s After Hours program at Shaw TV Studios in Vancouver
Don Walchuk, Host asks his guest Scott Clark some of the following questions.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved with ALIVE?
2. What doe ALIVE stand for?
3. Why was ALIVE formed?
4. What got you into activism?
5. What kind of projects does ALIVE work on?
6. What are some of the challenges urban aboriginals face living in the DTES
7. What changes would you like to see?
8. What current project is ALIVE working on?
9. What is Idle No More? Why is this happening now.
10. Commons Committee on Aboriginal Self Government in 1983 & The Royal Commission on Aboriginals in 1996. Gave Aboriginals the right to self determination
11 What is the connection with ALIVE with W2 at the current time?
This is an information meeting about the very real threats by the City of Vancouver to evict W2 programs from the Woodward’s heritage building. Learn background info, and find out how you can participate in our community’s response to the attempt to evict W2 on December 31.
We’ll also discuss W2’s financial challenges which threaten W2’s capacity to operate a sustainable community media arts centre. How are we doing, how we plan to be sustainable, and what we and our partners are doing.
The City, landlord and property management company are working to push W2 out over non-payment of $90,000 in amenity/strata fees and because they simply do not like what we do.
This eviction of our programs is delivered, despite our clear demands in correspondence as far back as February 2012, that W2 needs to receive services for amenity fees levied. Instead of hiding behind “legal” arguments about how they cant do anything, City Councillors should respect the local communities’ capacity and ability to build a centre inclusive for all – not just the market.
Instead of attempting to gentrify W2’s grassroots community and inclusive programs and services out out of Woodward’s, City Council and staff should be stepping in to address their own failures to act on City policies for City properties like the Woodward’s heritage building that despite our complaints discriminates against low-income people, persons with disabilities vis-a-vis wheelchair access and public bathroom policies.
W2 has persevered against 4 previous City attempts to block community access to Woodwards. Now we are building a community-engaged media arts centre that works to unite Vancouverites across race, gender and class. Let’s work together to make it last. If we can’t we are forced to move again ~ would be W2’s 6th home in 5 years if you are counting ;)
If we work together, we can demand the Woodward’s development works for the community, not just retail and commercial interests. Woodward’s was meant to be more than that.
This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests to defend W2, and get more involved with building a campaign. W2 (R)evolution needs your help now!
W2 Belongs 2 Me members’ meetings are designed to help connect fans of W2 to be more active participants. The session will be important for members, programming partners, volunteers and staff to find our common interests in order to protect the grassroots values of W2 in an otherwise hostile gentrified Woodward’s environment.
PLAN AHEAD! DEC 31 IS THE CITY EVICTION DATE AND OUR CELEBRATION IF INDIGENOUS, LATINO, AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC!
W2 LIGHTS NYE is taking on more meaning this year as we fight for a genuinely inclusive Vancouver, not one racially segregated and only for the middle class. We do not know if this event will take place at Woodward’s or a new site. Stay tuned and participate! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289