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Anti-Poverty Committee Newsletter #4

Publication type: 
Newsletter
Author(s): 
Anti-Poverty Committee
Date: 
2002-05
Pages: 
4
Summary: 
This is a newsletter of the Anti-Poverty Committee, an anti-capitalist and anti-oppression organization fighting for the rights of poor and working people in Vancouver, BC. This issue includes the articles: ""Defeat this Government!"" (on the need to organize a fight against the BC Liberals' cuts among the poor and working class), ""St. James and Direct Action Casework"" (on successfully advocating for a welfare recipient), ""The BC Liberals attack on workers"" (on policy changes that will negatively affect the most vulnerable of workers and the need for mass mobilization), and ""Can't see the movement for the tactics: May Day 2002 and APC"" (clarifying the use of tactics during a demonstration against the training wage). It also lists upcoming events, states its basis of unity, and describes ways to get involved through meetings and the training wage campaign.
Keywords: 
community mobilization; solidarity; BC Liberals; cutbacks; social movement; Vancouver Police Department (VPD)

The 'Oka Crisis'

Publication type: 
Miscellaneous
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
This is a comic on the Oka Crisis in Quebec in 1990, describing the conflict between the Mohawks and the police (and later military).
Keywords: 
protest; aboriginal territory; police; development

Obstruction of In-Justice: Homes Not Jails

Publication type: 
Newsletter
Author(s): 
Collective Opposed to Police Brutality - Vancouver
Date: 
2002-10
Pages: 
14
Summary: 
This is a newsletter (vol. 1, no. 3) of the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality - Vancouver that provides information, analysis, and critique of police actions locally, nationally, and internationally. It features the articles: 'Our Take' on the Woodward's squat and the responses by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), the policies of the BC Liberals, and other squats in Canada (Toronto, Quebec City); 'Special Reports - Police Riot in East Vancouver' (reprinted from Indy Media - Vancouver) on the police violence against demonstrators awaiting Gordon Campbell at the Eastside Family Place. The Local News section, includes the articles: 'VANDU Gets a Human Rights Award,' 'Law Allowing Cop Searches Struck Down,' 'VDP Chief Jamie Says No to Legal Pot,' 'Kimberly Rogers Womyn's Bridage Member ????Such??? Victoria KKKops,' 'Police Steal Homeless People's Possessions,' 'Search Warrants Aren't a Licence to Abuse Inhabitants,' 'Night Cook Viciously Beaten by VPD KKKops,' 'Family of Missing Women Sue Police,' 'Drug Cop Says We Need Detox not Arrests,' 'Gay/Transgender Bashing Allowed by Police Indifference,' 'Police Terrorize East Vancouver Family,' 'Barbaresh Win Round 1 of Court Battle with U$A,' 'BC Police Complaints Commissioner Kills Probe,' 'RCMP Don't Give a Shit about Lesbian Campers Being Terrorized,' and 'Gastown Business Improvement Association (BIA), A Report from Our Inside Mole.' The National News section includes articles: 'Riot Police Attach Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators at Concordia University' and 'Homeless Killed by Cops' (in Montreal). Lastly, the International News section includes articles: 'Silence Dissent by Any Drug Necessary' (USA), 'Felony Assault on Animals' (PA, USA), 'Pigs Protect Pigs' (MA, USA), 'Impunity Again and Again' (WA, USA), 'Commemorating September 11?' (Chile), 'Cops' Assault on Anarchist' (Belarus), 'Killed for Heating and Water' (Azerbaijan), 'Police=Mental Virus' (France), ''No Border': Repression Goes On' (France), 'Police=Terrorist' (Spain), 'Celebrating 48 Dead Cops' (Nepal), ''We Don't Need Police Approval'' (Hong Kong), and 'Spies Don't Pay' (South Korea). Also included are two fliers, one for a demonstration at the upcoming VPD Broad Meeting and a 'Profile' on VPD and Mayday 2001 activists, along with ads for upcoming meetings and actions, including those of Vancouver Cop Watch. Throughout, the group advocates anti-oppression, anti-capitalism, and the democratic control of policing by communities.
Keywords: 
police brutality; Vancouver Police Department (VPD); Campbell; Woodsquat; squatting; drug legalization; legal issues; homelessness; homophobia; racism; class discrimination

Woodward's Vision 2005 Questionnaire

Publication type: 
Miscellaneous
Author(s): 
Woodwards Social Housing Coalition
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
8
Summary: 
This is a questionnaire created by the Woodward's Vision group that proposes a plan for the building's redevelopment and seeks further information from the Downtown Eastside community in order to present it to potential developers. It asks what the respondent would most like to see in the building and then asks specific questions in the areas of social housing, economic development, health, the arts, recreation, culture, and education. It provides demographic information of the survey participants and some percentages of responses to the questions.
Keywords: 
Woodwards; community consultation; community mobilization; survey; Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Press Advisory

Publication type: 
Media Release
Author(s): 
Woodwards Social Housing Coalition Project
Date: 
2003-05-24
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
This is a press advisory of a community meeting that will release the results of a survey of Downtown Eastside residents on the uses of the Woodwards building to be used in the City of Vancouver visioning process. In particular, more social housing is called for, as well as the attendance of provincial Minister George Abbott, responsible for the Olympics and housing, at the meetings.
Keywords: 
community consultation; Woodwards; Downtown Eastside; Woodsquat; social housing; survey

The Woodwards 58

Publication type: 
Media Release
Author(s): 
Friends of the Woodwards Squat
Date: 
2002-09-22
Pages: 
3
Summary: 
This is a report posted on Vancouver IndyMedia of the court processing of the 58 people arrested from inside the Woodwards building during the squat. It describes their lack of legal council prior to their appearance in court, differential treatment of native leaders in the group, confiscation of personal effects, and the conditions of their release, which includes not entering the lands again or encouraging others to do so, keeping the peace, and not obstructing or interfering with the Plaintiff's use of the land. It announces a community picnic to be held in support of the squatters and social housing. There are posted comments in response to the report.
Keywords: 
Woodwards; Woodsquat; eviction; BC Supreme Court; legal issues; police; media

Students in Support of the Squat

Publication type: 
Media Release
Author(s): 
White, Sarah
Date: 
2002-09-25
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
This is a notice of an upcoming solidarity action with the Woodward's squatters by postsecondary students. It asks students to volunteer over the night at the squat to relieve those who are there around the clock fighting for low-cost social housing. It suggests that other organizations replicate these means of support.
Keywords: 
community mobilization; social housing; Woodsquat; Woodwards; solidarity

The Anti-Poverty Committee Newsletter

Publication type: 
Newsletter
Author(s): 
Anti-Poverty Committee
Date: 
2002-03
Pages: 
4
Summary: 
This is a newsletter of the Anti-Poverty Committee, an anti-capitalist and anti-oppression organization fighting for the rights of poor and working people in Vancouver, BC. It outlines who they are, their demands, and how they fight, such as direct actions against the government's attacks on the poor. It describes the crisis of affordable housing in ""Social Housing Now!"", the service cuts and effects for single parents, the disabled, among others from changes to welfare policies in ""Welfare as Warfare!"", as well as offers ways to fight against these changes, and in ""Six Bucks Sucks!"" it outlines how this is an attack on welfare recipients, the homeless, students, and immigrants and refugees. It also announces upcoming events and ways to get involved with APC.
Keywords: 
community mobilization; BC Liberals; cutbacks; training wage; housing; government policy; activism

Support the Safer Injection Site!

Publication type: 
Poster
Author(s): 
Harm Reduction Coalition
Date: 
2003-05-17
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
This is a poster for a demonstration in support of the safer injection site.
Keywords: 
safe injection site; demonstration; Four Pillars Approach; harm reduction

Obstruction of In-Justice: Chain-'Em-Up!

Publication type: 
Newsletter
Author(s): 
Collective Opposed to Police Brutality - Vancouver
Date: 
2002-11
Pages: 
14
Summary: 
This is a newsletter (vol. 1, no. 4) of the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality - Vancouver that provides information, analysis, and critique of police actions locally, nationally, and internationally. Its feature the article - 'The Vancouver Police Board: An Unaccountable Fraud,' the Special Report - 'Queers Winnng Against Mayencourt' (MLA Mayencourt), and the Prolife - ""Anti-Terrorist Unit Uses Excessive Force On Indigenous Family'. Its Local News section includes: 'To Serve and Protect: A Report On Policing in the Downtown Eastside,' 'Surrey School Board Goes to the Dogs,' 'RCMP In Nanaimo Target Working Women,' 'Woodsquat: An Update,' 'Downtown Eastside (DTES) To Be 'Nuked',' 'Vernon RCMP Officers Complete Taser Training,' 'COPB-VAN Responds to Vernon RCMP,' 'Police in Burnaby Fail to Notify Public of Attacks,' 'Chillier Climate for Victoria and Vancouver Panhandlers,' 'The KKKops and the Premier,' 'City Politicians Call for Changes to Vancouver Police Board,' and 'Spit-In a Success.' The National News section includes 'Breaking News: Toronto Cops are Racist!' 'Killer Victoria Cops on the Loose,' and ''Give It or Guard It'.' The International News section includes: 'The Biggest International Pig Fest' (MN, USA), '500 Years of Colonisation Continues' (NY, USA), 'Cops Attack a High School' (CA, USA), 'Cops Face Charges' (OH, USA), 'Cops Hate Homeless' (OR, USA), 'Ivory Coast Cops Attack Public Transport Drivers' (Ivory Coast), 'Bombed Cops' (Pakistan), 'UN Police Fire Eleven Bosian Cops' (Bosnia-Herzegovina), 'Cop Boxed Knockout' (Germany), 'Sinn Fein Protests Office Raids' (Northern Ireland), 'Politeness Costs 3 Teeth' (France), 'Ninjas' (Angola), 'Polish Worker's Have No More Patience!' (Poland), 'Beaten Cops Complain ... it hurts!' (France), ''Nothing Says I Love You Like Diamonds'' (Congo), 'Bombs Away' (Colombia), and 'Youth Torch Pig's Car' (France). Throughout, the group advocates anti-oppression, anti-capitalism, and the democratic control of policing by communities.
Keywords: 
police brutality; Vancouver Police Department (VPD); poor; Woodsquat; activists; government; queer; media; aboriginal rights; Downtown Eastside (DTES); class discrimination; violence against women; legal issues; sex workers

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