"Disruptors" Storm Mayor's Meeting
experts build our homes now!" yell homeless activists
Maria Wallstram, Submitted Ian Drury
Police wrestle with
"disruptors" eventually ejecting them during Vancouver Mayor Gregor
Robertson's Homeless Meeting Thursday.
the morning of Thursday October 27th, a group of housing and
anti-displacement activists with Alliance Against Displacement, stormed the
stage of the Re: Address International Housing Summit during Mayor Gregor
Robertson’s opening remarks. With noise makers and signs reading “Homes Now”
and “F*ck the Experts,” they disrupted the summit until they were removed by
housing summit because we have nothing to discuss with the experts assembled
here. Our people are the displaced people of the Jungle in Calais France,
which the French state has razed without concern for the destinies of the
thousands living there.
We tie our housing policy to the fates of
homeless people of the tent city just blocks from this hypocrite’s housing
summit, whose community is being smashed and swept under mats on the
concrete floors of temporary shelters hidden from public view.
We demand homes for our people –for refugees
fleeing war and climate terror in Europe and for homeless people displaced
by the twin pressures of urbanization and gentrification in Western Canada.
Abolish private property
There is the opposite of a scarcity of housing supply in this housing
crisis. But in Vancouver, like in other resort-cities, the supply is not
open to the low-income rabble who litter the streets outside the gates. We
reject the notion that this is a problem of “foreign” capital investment
because in the globalized economy of an imperialist country, all capital is
transnational. The problem is capital investment itself, in the form of
private property. We demand homes as shelter from the laws of capital
Redistribution not innovation
Every single panel of today’s summit is concerned primarily with the causes
and solutions to the home ownership crisis. Maybe there is some way to
“innovatively” balance the interests of wannabe property owners with the
monopoly real estate development corporations and mortgage firms they work
for. We don’t care.
But there is no way to balance the demands of the profit-driven real estate
market with the housing needs of low-income working-class, Indigenous,
displaced people. We demand every level of government make ending
homelessness and evictions the highest priority of your housing policies.
Stop all demolitions of affordable rental housing. Outlaw all evictions.
Raise taxes on the rich and corporations to whatever level necessary in
order to build 77,000 units of social housing every year across Canada. F*ck
your experts. Build our homes now.
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