Support Action to End Homelessness at the Winter Olympics 2/15

The Olympic Tent Village, is a grassroots and autonomous community effort to draw attention to homelessness created and/or exacerbated by Olympic building projects and their lasting impact on the cost of living in the area. They will be having a rally starting tomorrow to educate people about the links between homelessness, oppression of women and children and First Nation people, and the Winter Olympics tomorrow February 15th, as well as setting up what they hope will be a permanent tent village in the midst of the Olympic games.


The upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics has escalated the homelessness crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Greater Vancouver area. Since the Olympic bid, homelessness has nearly tripled in the GVRD, while real estate and condominium development in the Downtown Eastside is outpacing social housing by a rate of 3:1. Meanwhile, a heightened police presence has further criminalized those living in extreme material poverty in the poorest postal code in Canada.

With the eyes of the world on Vancouver, residents of the Downtown Eastside and our supporters will be taking the streets to affirm our call for justice and dignity. We want:

  1. Real action to end homelessness now
  2. End condo development and displacement in the Downtown Eastside
  3. End discriminatory ticketing, police harassment, and all forms of criminalization of poverty.

You can help by:

  1. Stay[ing] the evening, night, and/or morning after the rally to protect the Tent Village, especially the first 24-72 hours. If your organization, group of friends, or community network can commit to a six hour supporter shift (6 am to noon, noon to 6 pm, 6 pm to midnight, midnight to 6 am) with a presence of 8 people, please let us know by emailing or call 604-253-1782. We definitely need to ensure a high presence during night times when we are most vulnerable to law enforcement activity.
  2. Donati[ng] tents, sleeping bags, blankets, foams, non-perishable food items (granola bars, trail mixes, peanut butter, rice, beans, couscous etc) are particularly needed. Donations can be dropped off at Baaad Anna’s: – 2667 East Hastings St., Vancouver. Monday – Sunday (11 am to 6 pm). 604-255-2577. Or alternatively, donations can be coordinated through Streams of Justice

The rally is endorsed by the following social justice organizations in Canada:

  • Carnegie Community Action Project
  • DTES Indigenous Elders Council
  • Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
  • Impact on Communities Coalition
  • Streams of Justice
  • Vancouver Action
  • Walk 4 Justice
  • Community Advocates for Little Mountain
  • Anti Poverty Committee
  • DTES Community Arts Network,
  • Indigenous Action Movement
  • Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society
  • Solidarity Notes Labour Choir
  • No One Is Illegal –Vancouver
  • Food Not Bombs
  • Vancouver Status of Women
  • Downtown Eastside Residents Association
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice
  • Bus Riders Union
  • Alliance for People’s Health
  • Women Elders in Action
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers –National Representative
  • UBC Students for a Democratic Society
  • East Van Abolitionists
  • Justice for Girls
  • W2 Community Media Arts Society Submedia
  • Vancouver Catholic Worker
  • Pivot Legal Society,
  • UBC Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender
  • Siraat Collective
  • The Rational Coop-Radio
  • Bulland Awaaz- Coop-Radio
  • Pink Resistance
  • CIPO–Vancouver (Popular Council of Indigenous Nations of Oaxaca in Vancouver)
  • Rhizome Cafe
  • Native Youth Movement
  • Network of Sri Lankan Law Students
  • Oxfam Canada
  • Whistler Watch
  • Warrior Publications
  • Workless Party
  • Teaching Support Staff Union
  • Latin America Connexions Collective
  • Servants Vancouver
  • Building Bridges Human Rights-Vancouver
  • Check Your Head
  • SFU Interfaith Institute for Justice Peace and Social Movements
  • Headlines Theatre
  • Student Christian Movement-UBC
  • Community Olympics Watch
  • Rain Zine
  • Industrial Workers of the World
  • Simon Fraser University Public Interest Research Group
  • 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay
  • Friends of Women in the Middle East Society
  • Iran Solidarity-Vancouver
  • Federation of Iranian Refugees
  • Wake Up With Co-Op! at CFRO
  • UBC Colour Connected Against Racism
  • BC Persons with AIDS Society,
  • Grassroots Women
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