Disappearing homes: Legal perspectives on gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 17:30

We are pleased to invite you to a collaborative panel between the UBC Law Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the UBC Law Social Justice Action Network!

This panel will address the intersection between gentrification, equality, First Nations' rights and the law. This is a particularly interesting topic for Vancouverites, as some of our city's low-income communities face growing threats to their ability to remain in their neighbourhoods.

Come hear from three speakers, who will discuss this issue from the perspectives of community activism, legal work, and geography. 

This panel will feature:
Wendy Pedersen: Grassroots Organizer 
Wendy is a long-time DTES resident and community organizer who has worked as a researcher with the Carnegie Community Action Project, a project of the Carnegie Centre that seeks to keep the DTES a low income friendly community.

DJ Larkin: Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society 
DJ was drawn to a career in law by her belief in the law's power to build a more just society. Her practice is focused on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing which infringe the human rights and housing rights of low-income renters and housing policies and practices that put women and families at risk. As Pivot's housing campaigner, she is committed to working with her clients to create a community that respects and values all of its members.

Lisa Freeman, Feminist Urban Geographer, SFU
Lisa Freeman is a post-doctoral fellow researching urban governance, liminal spaces and marginalization in the city and inner suburbs. She completed her PhD titled, “Making Room: The Geography of Rooming House Regulation in the Greater Toronto Area” at the University of Toronto. Building from her doctoral work, she is currently exploring the governance of the public library as a changing urban commons.

For more information please see our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/262270667283211/?ref_newsfeed_story_type...

Room 122, UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 8.49" N, 123° 15' 11.43" W
British Columbia CA

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