Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
The focus of this meeting will be a civil disobedience workshop organized by the DTES Not for Developers coalition. The rest of the meeting will include presentations on the new federal law packages and their meanings for our community and reports and discussions on our committee work.
The Downtown Eastside low-income community is pushing back against a lot of pressure from condo developers, real estate investors, city council and planners, boutique entrepreneurs, police, and the Provincial and Federal governments. DNC members are in the middle of many of the campaigns to defend the community. The street market keeps our public spaces open to low-income people, our hotel tenant campaigns hold the landlords accountable, the shelter committee works for our most basic and minimal needs, the DTES Not for Developers coalition fights the condo invasion, the police committee and copwatch protect us against police harassment and brutality, and our community planning campaigns hold the planners and city council’s feet to the fire.
Through all this work it’s clear that our strengths are in the organization and cooperative efforts of our community. We will begin this meeting with a discussion of why to consider non-violent civil disobedience, what it is, and how we can do it safely and together as a community.
DTES Neighbourhood Council