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AHA MEDIA’s video for Vancouver Minute video contest by Vancouver Courier

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Help Me Understand the Heart of our Downtown Eastside (DTES) community in Vancouver

Beauty is only skin deep “they say”… in the civilized world

In the “uncivilized world” look a little deeper,

Than what meets the eye…

There is more unity in this community,

Than you may think!

Henny – B

AHA MEDIA

Help me understand…

Women are the most vulnerable,

It is important that we remember…

Never thought I would feel this way,

I committed crimes when I needed.

Tired of being hungry and poor…

84 dollars please!

Now I run!

Hunger Strike,

Day 14?

Heart of the City: Share, Hope, Respect, Home!

Everyday is a gift

Live in the DTES,

Understand the DTES!

- – VPD dances with community – -

We Won!!! InSite Won: Insight Won!

AHA MEDIA helps us understand

W2, Victory Square,

Woodwards,

DTES CAN!

New Media,

Social Media…

DTES LAPP?

Got Gear, Good to Go!

Puppy is here…

Carnegie Centre is here

AHA MEDIA right here!

Community is…

Always here,

In the Heart of the City! <3

Paint Party for Housing at Old Cop Shop – 312 Main Street in Vancouver

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Cover Photo

  • 312 Main Street Vancouver, B.C
  • Fully inclusive and tons of fun!
    *children welcome!

    Organized and taking place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory – Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueum, and S?wxwú7mesh(Squamish) nations.

    PAINT PARTY AT THE OLD COP SHOP AT 312 MAIN STREET.

    WE WANT 100% SOCIAL HOUSING AT THE OLD – ABANDONED – COP SHOP. (see demands)

    LOCATION: 312 Main St. Vancouver.
    When: Sunday, April 14, 2013
    Time: 12 noon

    In conjunction with the DTES Hunger Strike.

    DTES Hunger Strike is about gentrification and the lack of concern by authorities: the City of Vancouver, developers, The Vancouver Police, and the general public. (as well as lying/disinforming mainstream media)

    The artist formerly known as “Homeless Dave” began a hunger strike on March 22/2013.

    The demands:
    1. 100% social community directed social housing at the 138 Sequel location, with a healing and wellness center. (the old pantages theatre site)

    2. 100% social housing at the old cop shop on Main St. with a community directed space focused on indigenous women in regards to the horrific damage done to indigenous people by Vancouver police for a very long time at that site.

    3. The City of Vancouver declare the downtown eastside a social justice zone and along with the community develop policies to make that happen.

    How to get involved: email dteshungerstrike@gmail.com
    Twitter: dteshungrstrike
    http://www.dteshungerstrike.blogspot.ca/
    https://www.facebook.com/DtesHungerStrike

Defend the DTES Oppenheimer District and MAKE THE DTES A SOCIAL JUSTICE ZONE in Vancouver

January 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Downtown Eastside community town hall

Defend the DTES Oppenheimer District and
MAKE THE DTES A SOCIAL JUSTICE ZONE

Friday January 11
2pm
Oppenheimer Park Field House
*Tea and light snack available*

For the last year members of the DTES low-income community have been involved in a city planning process to chart out a future for the Downtown Eastside. Meanwhile condos, high-end boutiques and architecture and other studios have been encroaching on the DTES Oppenheimer District – the heart of the low-income communities.

Come to this meeting to learn about the Oppenheimer district (which you may live in and not even know it), to strategize how to fight to defend this neighbourhood as a predominately and majority low-income community, and to vision what a Social Justice Zone might look like in the city of Vancouver.

Organized by members of the City’s Local Area Planning Process Committee

Miami Mike’s rude encounter at Rexall Pharmacy in Tinseltown Mall in Vancouver

October 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Miami Mike says
Hey guys!!! I went to Rexall Pharmacy in Tinseltown Mall today to pick up some coconut water and dog food for Florida.
There was a rude woman working there asked me to leave and told me that there sick of my kind of people disrupting and stealing.
Little does she know that I own the One Stop Shop Cards and Games down the hall from here and that I have been here in the mall for 6 yrs!
So I just left  ;0( .

Olivia Chow, NDP MP Gala Chinese Dinner in Vancouver

February 18, 2012 Leave a comment

GALA CHINESE DINNER FOR OLIVIA CHOW
PLACE: FLOATA RESTAURANT (CHINATOWN)
DATE: FRI. FEB. 17TH
TIME: 6:30 PM

Vancouver South NDP + partner ridings are holding a gala dinner to honour Olivia Chow, visiting Vancouver for the first time since Jack’s passing.

Olivia Chow has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker.

Date and Time: Feb. 17, Friday, 6:30 pm
Location: Floata Restaurant, 400-180 Keefer Street (Chinatown), Vancouver
Price: $88 per person (generous tax credit given Feb 2013)

Features:
– Olivia Chow
– Local politicians: Dawn Black, Libby Davies, Gabriel Yiu, Don Davies, Fin Donnelly, Dale Jackaman, etc

- Leadership candidates confirmed:
Nathan Cullen
Brian Topp
Peggy Nash
Martin Singh

- Reading and Performances by:
writer and poet Evelyn Lau
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/evelyn-lau-named-vancouver-poet-laureate/article2201310/email/

Prof. Jan Walls with traditional Chinese bamboo clappers
Toddish McWong’s accordion
The Jocelyn Pettit Band
B L A Z I N G N E W – T R A D C E L T I C
http://www.sonicbids.com/jocelynpettitband
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jpettit

- 9 course dinner (vegetarian option available)

 

COPE Councilor Ellen Woodsworth speaking on COPE Housing Solutions for Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

COPE Councilor Ellen Woodsworth committed today to slow gentrification in the Downtown Eastside, a process that is pushing out local residents through unaffordable rent and rising food costs. In front of the controversial Pantages Theatre site, Woodsworth announced COPE’s plan to ensure property in the Downtown Eastside is devoted to affordable housing for the low-income community.

“The hundred block of Hastings is not a place for high end condos,” said Woodsworth. “The Downtown Eastside can count on COPE to make certain that housing developed in the neighbourhood provides for the current local residents.”

COPE committed to calling for a condominium development moratorium in the Downtown Eastside until sufficient low-income housing is in place. COPE will also strengthen the anti-conversion by-law by defining ‘affordability’ as being affordable to those on Government Assistance. This will ensure that residents of the area are not forced to leave their homes because of increasing rent.

“The Downtown Eastside community is well organised and they have set specific priorities for how the City plans their vital neighbourhood,” said Woodsworth. “COPE remains committed to listening to neighbourhoods, and this neighbouhood is speaking loud, and clear.”

Woodsworth highlighted the demands of local community groups, including the resident-based Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, calling on the City of Vancouver to identify 10 locations to be designated as future sites for low-income housing. COPE also commits to providing greater security and safety for residents of Single Occupancy (SRO) hotels.

“Our city staff need more resources to help enforce standards of maintenance by-laws. This is crucial in order to protect our city’s most vulnerable from absentee or neglectful land owners,” added Woodsworth.

COPE also set a target of creating 1000 affordable housing units in Vancouver every year.

“Housing is a top priority for our city, and residents can count on COPE to create a Vancouver for everyone with safe, secure, affordable housing,” said Woodsworth.

While calling for a national housing strategy and for increased provincial support for affordable and supportive housing units, COPE wants the City to play a leadership role in making the creation of new housing a reality.

“We cannot let Stephen Harper or Christy Clark off the hook. Both provincial and federal governments must return to the housing table,” said Woodsworth. “Vancouver cannot wait though, and COPE councilors will work everyday to focus on how best to make Vancouver affordable for everyone.”

Historical Day of Legal Victory for InSite! Supreme Court of Canada allows InSite to stay Open in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Historical Day for InSite! Supreme Court of Canada allows InSite to stay Open in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

“WE WON!!!!”

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