What We Do

COMMITTEE TO END HOMELESSNESS IN VICTORIA

A NEW AGREEMENT:       NOVEMBER 2013

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO:

A. EVERY CITIZEN HAS A RIGHT TO A SUBSIDIZED OR AFFORDABLE HOME, HOWEVER SIMPLE, OR TO TEMPORARY SHELTER.

B. EVERY CITIZEN HAS A RIGHT TO BE TREATED FAIRLY, WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION, BY EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE POLICE AND BY THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS.

C. EVERY CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO A MINIMUM STANDARD OF LIVING.

TO THIS END, OUR COMMITTEE WILL:

1/ REMAIN AN INDEPENDENT, GRASS-ROOTS GROUP, WITHOUT GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING, OR TIES TO ANY ORGANIZATION BEYOND THOSE OF FRIENDSHIP AND COMMON PURPOSES.

2. PRESSURE CITY HALL, THE CRD, THE BC GOVERNMENT AND MLA’S, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MP’S TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR HOUSING, TO RAISE DISABILITY AND OTHER ASSISTANCE RATES AND ALLEVIATE POVERTY.

3. ENCOURAGE THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY OR WHO ARE HOMELESS TO LEAD ANY EFFORTS TOWARDS ACHIEVING THESE RIGHTS.

4. EDUCATE OURSELVES AND THE SOCIETY AROUND US THROUGH PROVIDING ANTI-OPPRESSION TRAINING, USE OF OUR DOCUMENTARY (TAKING THE FALL AND RISING) AND BY JOINING AND WORKING WITH LOCAL GROUPS LIKE THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR AGREEMENT GROUPS, CHURCHES AND OUR PLACE SOCIETY.

5. WORK WITH LIKE-MINDED GROUPS SUCH AS VIPIRG, TAPS, THE RADICAL HEALTH ALLIANCE, ACPD AND FAITH IN ACTION ON CAMPAIGNS, INCLUDING THOSE FOR SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES OR FOR ENDING THE FOOD BANK CHARITY SOLUTION.

6. HOLD DEMONSTRATIONS SUCH AS THE DEC. 21 VIGIL, THE OCTOBER DAY TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND AUG 10TH PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY AND PARTICIPATE IN OTHERS THAT SEEK TO REDRESS UNFAIR POLICY AND PRACTICES THAT INCREASE POVERTY.

7. WORK WITH CITY COUNCILLORS AND OTHER GROUPS TO END STIGMA, DISCRIMINATION AND SOCIAL PROFILING BY THE POLICE .

8. CONTINUE TO INVITE SPEAKERS MONTHLY SO THAT THEY HEAR OUR CONCERNS ( not just tell us how well they are doing).

9. ORGANIZE AN OUTREACH TEAM THAT CAN FILM AND WITNESS DISCRIMINATION AND ATTACKS ON PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY .

10. LIAISE WITH GROUPS IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS CARNEGIE IN VANCOUVER THAT WORK TOWARD ENDING DISCRIMINATION AND TARGETING OF PEOPLE IN POVERTY. TAKE PART IN ANY NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS THAT SUPPORT THESE ENDS.

11. AVOID BEING SWEPT UP IN OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE NOT CENTRAL TO OUR MANDATE. TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER, ENJOY MUSIC OR FOOD TOGETHER, SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND HAVE PATIENCE!

12. FEEL GOOD THAT WITHOUT FUNDING OR OUTSIDE LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED OUR COMMITTEE AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE GREATER VICTORIA COMMUNITY.

 

 

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