Tent City on Main Street Rally & Celebration

Tent City Victory Celebration at 1005 Station St, Vancouver …
4pm, Saturday, May 20th
Rally, Potluck BBQ, Music & Speeches unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō Nations.

In may of 2017, the BC election took place mostly ignoring the housing and homelessness crisis, Neither Party had an adequate response to these crises. We cannot wait for them to change, and on the ground in our communities, we must never stop fighting for housing justice. Homelessness can never be accepted as a way of life here in our cities and in our Country.

On May 17th, a group of residents from the Ten Year Tent City went to the Supreme Court to defend their charter rights against the City’s pending emergency injunction. At the trial, the City argued that the tent city at 950 Main Street stalled the development of social housing on the city owned lot, which has been vacant and owned by the City since 1998. Without legal counsel tent City residents challenged the City’s sudden urgency to develop the site, spoke to the benefits and importance of maintaining the tent city and how displacing the tent city without providing residents with alternatives would significantly compromise the health and well being and he safety of the tent city residents by pushing them back into the streets, back alleys, and parks where they are less safe and more vulnerable to violence, theft, and fatal overdoses.

Judge Neena Sharma sided with the homeless campers, agreed that injunction jeopardized homeless people’s charter right to life, liberty and security, and said the City of Vancouver had failed to prove how the tent city would cause irreparable harm to the public good. The supreme court decision affirms the lives and struggles of homeless people, and is a historic victory for the tent city struggle.

This celebration of the winning against the injunction and rally for the rights of the homeless occurred here in the park across the street from this particular tent city this past Saturday and the community resistance against homelessness!

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