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Activist Communique: Vancouver DTES Women's housing march and block party on Saturday

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Saturday,  September 17, 2011:

5th Annual DTES Women's Housing march and block party to block gentrification

RSVP on Facebook here.

Two exciting events are happening back to back in the Vancouver DTES (Downtown Eastside) this Saturday!

1: Housing and anti-poverty march

The deets:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Starts: 1:30 p.m.
Meet at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St. -- Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group in the 5th Annual March for Women's Housing and March Against Poverty.

We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march and "GentriFucation Tour." All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest vehicle for elders. Spread the word!

This year, we celebrate the recent victory that has forced the provincial government to commit funding to a 24-hour low barrier shelter for women as a result of our collective efforts. We also continue to march for:
- Social Housing, child care and health care for all!
- No more evictions and no more gentrification in the Downtown Eastside!
- Stop criminalizing the poor!

Email: project@dewc.ca or Phone: 778 885 0040

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Immediately followed by:

Block party to block condos on the 100 block

The deets:

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Start after the housing march, around 4:00 p.m.
Music, food, and the last bit of summer sun!

Marc Williams wants to build condos at the old Pantages Site in the Downtown Eastside. Condos in the heart of the neighbourhood will cause higher property values, higher rents in single-room occupancies,
displacement of current residents, increased policing, and low-income residents feeling unwelcome in their own neighbourhood.

We are getting the neighbourhood and all our allies together to protect the site for 100% social housing for low-income residents. The DTES is not for developers to make millions, it is for our vibrant and vital low-income community!

How to support:

- If you are a group, endorse the DTES Community Resolution

- If you are an individual, sign the online petition

- If you work in the DTES, sign the Boycott Statement.

- If you are a social housing provider, don't collaborate with Sequel 138

Organized by Stop Pantages Condos Coalition: Aboriginal Front Door, Carnegie Community Action Project, Citywide Housing Coalition, DTES Neighbourhood Council, DTES Power of Women Group, Gallery Gachet, Streams of Justice, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.

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For more information, please check out the following links:

The DTES Power of Women Group on Facebook

Stories from "In Our Own Voices" Power of Women Writing Project on Vancouver Media Co-op

Watch a short film Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside

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