City of Vancouver trying to change the March for Murdered and Missing Women
to make way for Olympics
It has been brought to our attention that the City of Vancouver, Olympic
officials, and the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit are trying to
change the historic Feb 14, 2010, March for Murdered and Missing Women in
order to ensure 'flow of Olympic traffic' down Hastings Street.
As residents of the DTES and supporters of the Memorial March, we completely
oppose any change in date, time, or route of the Memorial March. This March
has been happening for 18 years to honour our sisters who die each year due
to the violence of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse. It is
something far more significant and sacred than the Olympic Games, which has
already increased poverty, homelessness, and policing in our neighbourhood.
The government is spending billions on a circus, while putting people aside.
We, the women in the Downtown Eastside and our supporters, demand that:
. There be no attempts to change or control our Feb 14th Memorial March .
Not a single person be forcibly removed, evicted, or displaced from their
homes in the Downtown Eastside and any other community due to the Olympics.