occupy van

Occupy Condos: Take the Pantages!

The Deets:
Tuesday November 29, 2011
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
152 East Hastings (near Main and Hastings)
Warm food served.

Web link here.


The Call Out:

Condo developer Marc Williams wants to build expensive market housing 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 tired and angry that the city and real estate developers are being complicit in escalating rents and gentrification instead of building and protecting safe and affordable low-incoming housing. The corporate developers that bankroll city council are the 1 per cent in our city that hold disproportionate political and economic power and want to make millions of dollars in profit. Meanwhile more people are displaced from low-income housing in the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver’s has become one of the most unaffordable cities for poor, low-income, racialized, seniors, youth, single mothers, and working people in the world.

On Tuesday, November 29 we are calling for a mass action for people to occupy and take back Pantages for the low-income community. The DTES is not for developers!

Organized by Stop the Pantages Condos Coalition which includes Citywide Housing Coalition, DTES Neighbourhood Council, DTES Power of Women Group, Streams of Justice, UBC Social Justice Centre, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.

Website: http://dtesnotfordevelopers.wordpress.com/



Krystalline Kraus

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