Thursday, April 4, 2013


BC News

Hunger Striker Takes on City Hall

DTES type of social activism lacking in Upper Fraser Valley

Released by the DTES Council/Submitted photo




unger striker Homeless Dave has lost a pound a day over the past two weeks. At a "weigh in" at Vancouver City Hall today, Dave tipped the scales 14lbs lighter than when he launched his open-ended hunger strike against gentrification in the Downtown Eastside.


A thinner but still upbeat Dave slipped a letter with his demands through Gregor Robertson's door, the mayor being 'out' when Dave and about 50 supporters dropped 'in.'

Dave's three main demands are social housing on the Sequel 138 condo site, housing and a wellness centre at the old cop shop at 312 Main and an end to gentrification in the Downtown Eastside and City instituted policies to make it happen.


i think it went better than great--i think we did a little of both, giving ballem a hard time we were mostly nice now--so now it really tired--still deciding if i'm going to picket tonight--it's up in the air right now--but see you all at tomorrow at sequel and cop shop pickets -- hope i did ok today--everyone else did amazing," wrote Dave.


"ps i think this quote is like our community: 'Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead' Oscar Wilde"


Read Homeless Dave's letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson here A and see photos of from his hunger strike here.


Editor's Note: Chilliwack has busloads of environmental activists but the Voice only knows of one social activist and that's 90-year-old Myrtle Macdonald, who advocates for the mentally ill. She is also a strong influence in other issues such as Rail for the Valley. Our readers are treated to her wisdom regularly on all kinds of topics like air and water quality, recycling and general tips and ideas.



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