In June of this year, Vancouver's city council unanimously passed a motion acknowledging that the city sits on the unceded land of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The acknowledgement came at the culmination of a "Year of Reconciliation." Based on the same city council's response to the Indigenous-led community that has sprung up at Oppenheimer Park, it appears this was purely a token gesture.
Left in Love is a dating column for progressive daters who give a damn! Each month, Meghan Murphy matches couples looking for radical love and documents the date in this space. Our couple this month is Selina and Cass.
Selina is 29-year-old who works in the arts. She loves documentaries that aren't really documentaries, karaoke and friendship. Short/idealist.
Cass is a weirdo who lives on Commercial Drive and works managing festivals, concerts and political campaigns. He enjoys a good cappuccino and is in a casual relationship with local gin. Jaded/pragmatic.
Late last year, activist and economics professor Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle's city council, the first socialist candidate to do so since Anna Louise Strong in 1916.
Sawant's election was not the result of wishful thinking and a weak belief that, eventually, North America would come to its senses and swing left. It was the result of grit, sweat and hard-fought organizing around courageous, anti-capitalist stands on corporate power, rent control, income tax and, famously, a $15 minimum wage.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru's arrival in Vancouver, which sparked a challenge to anti-migrant racism in Canada -- a struggle that continues today.
During the earlier part of the 20th century, most immigrants to Canada were from Europe, predominantly from Great Britain. Canada had very racist laws that selected against Asians when it came to immigration. On January 8, 1908, the Canadian government passed a law called the "Continuous Journey Regulation," which was the government's attempt to restrict people from Asia from entering into Canada.
The Mainlander has been covering municipal politics from a critical perspective for four years, and our last year has been spent digging deeper into the politics of the housing crisis in Vancouver. We're hosting our second annual fundraiser on May 23 to allow us to continue our coverage of the overlapping issues of colonialism, racism, gentrification and policing in our city.
Last year's fundraiser was a seriously good time, and we used the money we raised to provide stipends to a wide range of writers, to editors for administrative work and to fund the costs for a series of free public panels.
This year's event features: