Will you STAND WITH US in your community?
The stand is a peaceful protest against homelessness. The many stands throughout the lower mainland have attracted lots of media attention, and it’s time for us to continue taking a stand in New Westminster. The stand involves standing on busy street corners with colorful banners and scarves and giving out brochures in order to raise awareness about homelessness.
What is STAND FOR HOUSING all about???
Housing advocates occupy street corners around BC for one hour, 1-2 pm on a designated Saturday, brandishing blue banners and wearing vivid blue scarves. They’ll be calling on City Council to protect all BC renters from condo-conversion of their homes, and for renewal of federal and provincial programs that formerly built permanent social housing for low- and moderate-income singles and families.
BC and Canada gradually cancelled their housing programs in the period between 1993 and 2001. The programs used public money to build tens of thousands of rental and co-op homes every year. Loss of those programs and the resulting cascade of displacements are the main cause of homelessness exploding across the country.
We want federal, provincial, and civic politicians to dedicate substantial funds to building new, permanent social housing, as was done for fifty years until 1993. Using the surplus billions in Canada’s prosperous federal and provincial economies to build the full spectrum of housing for all citizens is the primary mechanism by which homelessness must be defeated.
The idea of the STAND is based on the moving example of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose children were “disappeared” by the military, 1976 to 1983. They stood every week in a city square wearing white scarves until the generals capitulated. The scarves became an international symbol for protests against unjust and inhumane governments.