It appears that since I've last touched on community spaces and their inherent importance, the snowball effect known as gentrification has intensified rendering much of the arts and culture in this city on their toes.
With Spartacus Books (now un-evicted!), VIVO Media Arts, COPE and Gen Why Media all facing the consequence of condo-friendly landlords seeing dollar signs and not the public good, the fight for community venues in Vancouver seems much more like class war.
Last night in Vancouver seven participants in a casserole solidarity demonstration were detained and/or arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
They were taken down violently, roughed up, cuffed, searched and detained for hours. They were not informed as to why they were being arrested, or what if any laws they may have broken. They were, in short, denied most of their Charter rights.
Two were taken into custody at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) as the march was about to begin. The other five were detained a few hours later during a jail solidarity vigil outside the police station at 222 Main Street, where the first two were being held.
This is it! The Carrotmob is on, and we are mobbing The Cascade Room with a fabulous "Buycott" in return for going green!
All you have to do, the ONLY thing, is to come down to The Cascade Room on Wednesday JUNE 27th and purchase something - perhaps their cleverly crafted culinary creations or custom cocktails - and EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR spent that Wednesday will be put towards improving the energy efficiency of that shop!