CCAP News bulletin January 2013

Waldorf hotel closure a case of gentrification? Or is it appropriation to call it gentrification?
Interview with Carnegie Community Centre Association president Gena Thompson and Tristan Markle from the Mainlander on The Rational, Coop Radio See Monday January 21 2013, at the 21 minute mark

BC Housing accused of bailing out condo development
Interview with CCAP’s Ivan Drury on Redeye, Coop Radio January 11 2013
“Freedom Now!” panel on housing struggles in Downtown LA and Downtown Eastside Vancouver at the Social Science History Association meetings from November 3, 2012.
Featuring speakers from LA and Vancouver housing movements past and present organized by St. Mary’s University Professor of History John Munro:
– Pete White, LA Community Action Network co-director
– Mr.. Jack O’Dell,  editor of Freedomways magazine and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
– Harsha Walia, DTES Power of Women group and No One Is Illegal Coast Salish Territories
– Ivan Drury, Carnegie Community Action Project and DTES Neighbourhood Council member.
The LA Community Action Network has released a book called “Freedom Now” about their struggles against gentrification and for housing justice. Ivan from CCAP responds to this book by putting the anti-gentrification struggle in the DTES in an international context and argues that, in terms of community struggles for justice, the DTES is closer to DT LA than it is to Kitsilano. A theme of this is discussion is for greater collaboration between low-income communities struggles across Vancouver, along the West Coast, and throughout the world.
Social Housing Coalition BC has released demands, research and coverage of the emerging province-wide social housing movement as momentum builds towards the BC election in May. Other  online resources for this coalition:
Twitter @stand4housing  Facebook  socialhousingbc@gmail.com

Do we want a Social Justice Zone in the Downtown Eastside?
All over the world, low income areas are being gentrified and low income and vulnerable people pushed social justice zone heartout of their neighbourhoods.  Could Vancouver be different?  If so, what could happen here that would respect the basic human rights of low income people to chose where they want to live and to have basic needs met?   Could we get the city, other levels of government, business and agencies to adopt a special Social Justice Zone in the DTES?  If we did, would exactly would that mean? Social Justice  Zone 
Fat Dragon failure a lesson to would be gentrifiers: DEOD is for low-income people
We don’t read about it in the news when low-income peoples’ hotels close down or upscale and throw low-income tenants out. And there was no public outcry, twitter trend, or feature articles when Flowers or Uncle Henry’s closed down. Not so for Fat Dragon restaurant, a short-lived (just 10 months) and never-successful boutique restaurant across from the Downtown Clinic and beside the Living Room on Powell St. Like the more recent second gentrification of the Walforf Hotel this restaurant has received the full media treatment and analysis throughout its life and death. The media and restaurant-going class are interested in the story of Fat Dragon because it is a story of how gentrification can fail.

Gentrification and pipelines what’s the connection?
What’s the connection between gentrification in the Downtown Eastside and the fight against oil pipelines in the interior of BC?
That was the topic at a town hall meeting at Carnegie on Jan. 8th.  The meeting was sponsored by the DTES Not for Developers Coalition to muster support for a demonstration against the Enbridge Pipeline project on Jan. 14th.

King-mong Chan CCAP’s spring intern
Hi everyone! My name is King-mong Chan and I’ll be a practicum student with CCAP from January until early April.  Last year, I had the opportunity to do my practicum at First United Church; drawn by the spirit and inspiration from this community, this year I am excited to back in this neighbourhood again.  I’m currently in the final year of my bachelor degree in social work.  I am eager to learn from all of the people here in this community (including those who are reading this – like you!) as I stand in solidarity with you all in our fight for justice.  So enough about me…I want to get to know you as well!  So if you see me at Carnegie Centre or on the streets of the neighbourhood, please stop me and say hi; I would love to meet you and hear what you have to say.

BC Housing subsidizes Sequel condo project
Should BC Housing subsidize a Downtown Eastside (DTES) condo developer when our neighbourhood has 850 homeless people and 3500 living in crummy hotel rooms that need to be replaced?  Is Condo King Bob Rennie, also on the Board of BC Housing, behind a sweet deal that will probably increase property values two blocks away from his own office?

Members of DTES Local Area Planning Process committee start discussions on peoples’ planning
As they approach the one-year anniversary of the DTES Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) committee some low-income community members of the committee are reaching outside the official city process to welcome the broader community in.

DTES Not for Developers coalition starts survey and discussion series about cycles of displacement
CCAP is part of the DTES Not for Developers Coalition which has been organizing for over a year and a half against condo developments at Pantages theatre, in Chinatown and, recently, at 955 E Hastings. The coalition has started a survey and discussion series about the threat that underlies all these condo development projects: displacement; in its Downtown Eastside form of gentrification.

Is Save On Meats’ token gesture to the poor still a money maker for gentrifier Mark Brand?
This November Mark Brand, the Downtown Eastside gentrifying restaurateur, entrepreneur and enfant terrible behind the Save On Meats cultural engine celebrated on the western Canada lecture circuit, launched $2.25 breakfast sandwich tokens to “provide nutritious food to those in need.”