Wednesday August 2, 2017 



Running for Change

Occasional Voice submitter Swanson takes to take a run at Vancouver City Council

Jean Swanson, RRC, Vancouver


n October 2017, there will be a by-election for Vancouver City Council. Vancouver needs a political revolution. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver has increased by 20% to over $2,000/month in the past year alone.


The homeless count has soared to a historic high of 2,138. Taxes on the rich have plummeted, crippling our ability to solve our crisis on inequality. This crisis has been caused by 40 years of harmful policies that Swanson has fought against every day.

Jean Swanson was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016 for “her long-standing devotion to social justice, notably for her work with the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.”

Her roles have included: VP and elected Secretary of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), founder of End Legislated Poverty, President of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO), and Chair of the Coalition Against Free Trade. She is author of the book:

Poor Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion (2001).

Over the past decade she has been an organizer with the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) and Raise the Rates BC.

The Belvedere is facing rent hikes, renovictions, and landlord neglect. Swanson will be launching her campaign alongside tenants of the Belvedere, whose struggles are representative of the housing crisis across Vancouver.

Read a snippet from her book on Google Books here.


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