Super InTent Serves Donuts Makes Friends.

Here is the day in photo’s starting and ending at Super InTent City.  I, as a disabled person, am home recuperating from yesterdays real positive activity’s.  Some folks advertised they wanted Tent City Taken Down, as it turns out, many us us learned we wanted much of the same things.

Real change and dialogue!

There were a couple of misogynist’s who showed up thinking there was going to be a whole lot of judgement towards homeless family, but, they were sorely disappointed as we united and bridged many gaps.

Writing and video will be coming later, please add your own comments.

As I was arriving at Super InTent City, police were unusually rude and interruptive. We were able to use humor, at one point I was asked by the officer on the bike to not film him, I was taking photo’s at the time.  I reminded him I had the right, he was a public official in public space, I began to film and asked him if he could repeat his request to me.

He did not.  That was merely an intimidation tactic.  When the other officer came of tent city and passed us he began to question a guest about plans for the day, we both let him know we did not know plans for the day.  He asked more questions and someone called him out about how he was acting kind of rude, he said he was invited by a certain resident.  I eventually said something to the affect of if your invited into a persons home its nice to be respectful…Some of us wanted to visit raging grannie ruth miller!  This is her with Katherine who was the original tenter.

 

 

 

 

 

The last two photographs are of some women from the Philippine Community who came and brought great sandwiches!  Another example of community support.

It was a full day, lots to chew on, many are now preparing for an uncertain yet creatively and desperately hopeful future…

 

 

 

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Ethos of the Ally: Deference, Dialogue, and Distance

http://www.toboldrollo.com/2013/07/07/ethos-of-the-ally-deference-dialogue-and-distance-draft/

by Toby Rollo Phd

Revised: March 2, 2015

I have been asked many times to write about what it means to be an ‘ally’ or work in solidarity with marginalized groups. I am not fond of the term ‘ally’, nor do I think a ‘rule-book’ for aligning oneself with marginalized groups is a good idea. And so I have always declined and referred to what has already been written on the topic by those who have more relevant insight and experience. I won’t rehearse what these activists and writers have already brought to light (I have listed a few excellent resources at the end of this blog for your reference). There are many common themes running through the various accounts, but where the prescriptions appear to be in tension with each other I have nothing to add other than my commitment to critically engage with them.

Critical Solidarity

This is one of the biggest responsibilities of someone who wishes to do anti-oppression work: to think critically about the diversity and disagreement that naturally occurs within and between groups, and to make judgements about how to proceed given the inevitability of those disagreements. It is inevitable that someone in a group with whom you work in solidarity will ask you to be silent. It is also inevitable that others will ask you to speak up. The worst thing one can do is let a diversity of perspectives paralyze you intellectually or physically, rendering you unable to do the work. Many simply walk away from the role because they assume  disagreement within a marginalized group signals some kind of unreadiness. I think this is a complete mischaracterization of diversity, as I shall explain further. But for now, let us turn to perhaps the most common strategy that allies employ in the face of diversity: uncritical deference.

Deference

Outside of deserting marginalized peoples, the second worst thing allies do is overcome their diversity-induced paralysis by abdicating agency altogether. It is very common that a prospective ally will avoid the tensions and risks that come with engaging disagreements by transferring their responsibility for thinking and judgement to a particular faction or member of a marginalized group. By positioning themselves as a deferential subordinate rather than as someone who is accountable, they lessen the probability of screwing-up and getting called out. If they do get called out, they find some refuge in having been co-signed by a different member.

The strategy of renouncing one’s agency and deferring accountability is itself an egregious exercise of privilege, not to mention an insult to marginalized groups who continue to have their own agency distorted or denied. The luxury of suspending critical thinking and judgement, given that the groups to which we are committed still struggle against the institutional suppression of their critical capacities, is a slight against them. Retreating into a privileged silence the first time someone tells you to be quiet is an affront to the principle of accountability and responsibility that marks out anti-oppression work. In short, inverting a personal structure of dominance to produce a structure of deference is just another patronizing failure to treat members of the marginalized group as full human beings.

Moreover, if you assume upon being “called out” by an individual or group of individuals within a marginalized group that an entire group has spoken, you have made the colonial move of erasing the diversity that exists within that group. To homogenize the views of a group with whom you work in solidarity is not an exercise in solidarity.

Ally

Of course, in many if not a majority of times deference will be the appropriate decision. But the judgement of when it is appropriate to defer cannot itself be deferred. To defer judgement indefinitely is to demand that one’s hand be held indefinitely, which is to debase those whose hands are already occupied with all the heavy lifting. The paralyzing fear of disagreement, of being called out, cannot be an excuse for perpetual unqualified agreement with whatever critique is cast.

Recognizing one’s role seems to entail an acknowledgment that domination and uncritical deference are two sides of the same privileged coin. Both allow members of the dominant community to recline, at ease in their privilege. Both permit the “ally” to abjure the risks involved in taking up the work of critical engagement.

Dialogue (and Choosing to Defer)

Once we recognise the dual dominance/deference strategies of privilege, we are in a better position to understand why it is one’s responsibility to actively engage with an inevitable diversity of perspectives. Dominance and deference are not our only two options. So it must be stressed that when one chooses not to defer on an issue it is not necessarily because they will dominate. To conceive of the absence of deference as a form of domination is to play into a false dichotomy that precludes the possibility of recognizing marginalized peoples as full human beings. Uncritical deference trades the self-assumed infallibility of white hetero-patriarchal privilege for a new projected mythos of ‘noble savage’ or ‘magical negro’ infallibility. Both eliminate the possibility of respectful disagreement.

Disagreement is not a sign of unreadiness. Indeed, respectful disagreement itself presupposes an acknowledgment of mutual worth; it entails a recognition of the other as someone who has a perspective of value – someone whose thoughts warrant evaluation. The marginalized group is neither above nor below the judgement. To have a dialogue across difference that results in respectful disagreement is a prefigurative practice; that is, it is precisely the healthy outcome that we are trying to promote in opposition to the pathological erasure of diversity. In this sense, respectful disagreement is the marker of readiness.

One very important note: Dialogue must be distinguished here from decision-making. Although it is the responsibility those in positions of privilege to participate in conceptual and theoretical discussions and debates, they do not participate in decision-making. Taking a role as a decision-maker violates the principle of mutual autonomy.

It should also be noted that just as the member of the subordinated group has perspectives and understandings of relations of domination that remain inaccessible to those in positions of privilege by virtue of her lived experience, so too does being in a position of privilege afford perspectives and understandings that are inaccessible to others. The difference is that having privilege means never having to interrogate those experiences. When an ally does do the work of interrogating relations of domination from the internal perspective of the dominant, their findings become important contributions to critical dialogue.

Distance

Maintaining mutual autonomy is important because there are many times when a group will reject dialogue with members of privileged society. Like the exclusive black and feminist enclaves that emerged in the early 20th century, certain spaces must be secured from the constraining and distorting influence of dominant perspectives. These spaces are exclusive and private, not public. In these situations, it is the responsibility of those in positions of privilege to respect the autonomy of the group by maintaining their own autonomy. This means working toward the aims of liberation in the absence of dialogue. It means working even when no one is watching. Allies struggle against oppression because it is oppression, not because they are being encouraged or monitored.

Allyship as a Practice

In this respect, allyship is a practice rather than a designation. One can struggle against patriarchy in ways that are not public or visible, as when straight men subvert the hetero-patriarchal norms inherited in their families. These men could be called allies of feminism despite the absence of a label. Conversely, a white woman can be very public in voicing her opposition to racism – and may be called an ally by those she supports – all while engaging in less visible but still very damaging racialized exclusions.

Our performances are always better or worse, of course. The contribution of people in positions of privilege exists on a spectrum; it is not an on/off switch. And so whether or not one has been designated an ally at some point by a marginalized group matters less than if one is actually engaged autonomously (as opposed to only when people are watching) in practices of anti-racism, anti-sexism, etc.

Solidarity as Intersectional

Lastly, I would like to add that if anti-oppression work is indeed a critical practice in which one does not defer thinking to any one member, faction, or group, then it follows that allyship is also inherently intersectional. Intersectional approaches aim at the most inclusive account of how identities and patterns of domination manifest. The work is far from easy and requires a great deal of dialogue and critical engagement. Allies don’t restrict their critical work to, for instance, just anti-blackness, racism, sexism, or colonialism. Critiques of racism will reflect a critical awareness of its relationship to colonialism and visa versa. Conversely, those who play it safe by chosing to remain aligned to a single issue or to a marginally inclusive intersectional enclave will incur very few risks. For instance, much of anti-oppression work takes an intersectional approach within which anti-colonial considerations are either weak or an after-thought. Hence, they do not have to deal with the ways that anti-colonialism bears on and in some ways problematizes the work of, say, anti-racism.

There is still serious disagreement within and between intersectional approaches, but committed people do not shy away from the conversation. Members of dominant society are imbricated in manifold overlapping relations of power. It is their responsibility to dig as deep as possible, even though this may result in friction between them and fellow allies and the groups with which they are aligned.

People in positions of privilege who do anti-oppression work do not become paralyzed by disagreement and then abandon marginalized peoples. Nor do they uncritically defer the hard work of thinking and acting to marginalized peoples. Rather, they engage in critical dialogue based on their own lived experience. This often results in a decision to defer but it sometimes leads to respectful disagreement. They cannot make decisions for others. They are always prepared to undertake the work of critical thinking and acting autonomously, especially when the groups to whom they are committed require an autonomous space.

In closing I would just like to reiterate that these comments are not meant to serve as some kind of ally ‘rule book’, but rather as meditations on the ethos of an “ally” that might help others think through their roles and responsibilities. To that end, I intend these comments to corroborate and elaborate on what has already been written and to serve as a compliment to the work on solidarity work that already exists. I encourage you to read anything you can get your hands on.

Article by Toby Rollo

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Forward Failure, Whew!

Thank goodness about forgiveness when it comes to day to day small or big stuff.

That day to day stuff is the best place to practice “forgive and forget”.  As SIC resettles it moves forward only because of forgiveness, any given is such a gift.

I just want to take time again this sunday morning to thank everyone for helping at SIC, all supporters since way back, like the cooks Thea Hicks and so many who helped volunteer their time to food preparation, I heard Bernie Pauly has been doing once a week helping out.  Thanks to Thea, Chrissy and Dawna for loving what is part of their community, our homeless family.

Thanks to all the folks who stood by, jumped in, defended, volunteered their time and still do.  We have the eyes of Canada on us and so far, mistakes and all, we shine.  I know, go figure, who would have thought SIC wold get this far.  We now have quite a few of the original  homeless inhabitants now creating their own society, they shared “no one else wants us, so we will live with each other.”

Lets continue to support them to take on some (or more) leadership on this new ground we all walk.  I hope thier acts of courage inspire us as housed to have some courage and turn and look at our own mess in housing and give that some attention, its needed as well.   We all need healing, really.  Lets take advantage since the times are kind of screaming at us to fix and heal.  Right?

Not so new for many, as many of us have had the opportunity to relearn, thanks to a relative of Dawna aka Adua, Gord Hill helped me remember:

Learn From The PAst.

PrepAre In The Present

To Defend The Future

I believe we are all walking on new ground.  All of us trying to do the best we can often with very little resources are now doing it.

We got a lot more homeless who seek safety, we got housed being jacked up night and day, my good friend was just evicted WRONGFULLY, sentences like “hoards of homeless were going in and out of their apartment at all hours.” Oh my gawd, what horrible stigma, judgement, how very sad she is now homeless and last I spoke to her, hoped to have a tent

at the converted youth detention center.

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Thanks Reverend Al for helping this past week. You help a lot of family at SIC get thru the hard times, you make us all want to do better!

 

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Are You Being Mistreated By Property Managers?

STOP DISPLACEMENT NOW!

THAW has heard from far too many working poor, disability recipients and welfare recipients who have shared horror stories about being bullied, having their suites entered without prior 24 hours notice by their property managers, being bullied by managers who also use police to intimidate tenants who have homeless guest’s/friends visit, having building managers stalk your movements especially if you go out bottling as a poor disability recipient.

View Towers tried to make folks show ID when visiting tenants, not sure if that is still going on?

Poor Bashing and Stigmatising your poor friends and homeless acquantances?

Stigmatizing you due to your connection to homeless family members?

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Bully Building Managers?

Homeless people not allowed into your building.

They call it ‘safety’ for tenants, what it is is OPPRESSION.

Call To Action…

Lets Unite as Tenants and Lobby for our Human Rights.

If you want to work with others and have a voice, comment here, let me know if its a “private” or “public” comment. I am currently looking into our rights about how much we can say or not say of our reality!

So, to be clear: comment below with your “deets” and be clear if its public. I have to “approve all comments”.  So, only I will see if you leave me a message below if you need it to be private, let me know.

you can also email me at thawvictoria@gmail.com

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I’m Ok.

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Diverse Social Housing Proposal For Autonomous Societies

This link brings you to google doc.  if you have suggestions for additions, please let me know and we will probably add them.  this is considered a living document to be shared, no copy right we just let us know when you use it.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eo9qs2mMwU6g8XwWOkYtgeZs7WK1t3ymZLxrXQTE_z4/edit?pref=2&pli=1

(these are snippets)

This document is meant to help Autonomous Society’s move forward and create community around themselves lead by themselves with community supports chosen by them.  This document was bottom lined by a lived experience of homelessness person and supported by many allies with privilege.

 

Diverse Social Housing

Proposal: for Autonomous Society’s

March 2016

The Problem

There is no equity in our society and many suffer under legislated poverty.  Day to day life is challenging for the over 1700 people estimated to be homeless in Greater Victoria. Poverty contributes to the issue of homelessness, and continues to be a protracted issue in the region. According to Statistics Canada (2014), 22% of the population in the Victoria Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) have incomes of less than $12,025 a year, putting them in conditions of extreme poverty. In Canada, housing is understood to be affordable when it accounts for 30% of household income (CMHC 2016).  Given an affordable rent for those making under $12,000 is only $300 a month, housing is unaffordable for many, and most of these households must spend a disproportionate amount of their income on housing if they can locate it.

There is a lack of safe, affordable, adequate housing in Greater Victoria. The average rent for a bachelor apartment is close to $700 per month and the current vacancy rate for bachelor apartments is 0.8% (Pauly et al, 2013). Provincial income assistance rates range from $510 per month for an employable single adult to less than $900 per month for someone receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) assistance. Of these amounts, $375 per month can be  allocated for housing costs. The remaining balance is to cover food, utilities, clothing, and other necessities. Even individuals receiving the highest levels of assistance cannot afford to both pay rent and buy food (Pauly et al, 2013). Further, there were nearly 1500 individuals on a social housing waitlist in 2013, a number that has remained steady since 2006.(Pauly…)  The demand for affordable housing is clearly greater than the supply.

Not everyone wishes to live in the same type of housing and single persons, couples, families with children and individuals with companion animals all seek affordable housing. Thus there is a need for affordable housing that fits a range of needs.

The Goals

The goals of this Diverse Social Housing proposal are to;

  • Inspire and help network and organise each autonomous community to  “think outside the box” and co create Social Housing in the diverse ways communities like Super InTent City are now envisioning, and use a version of the Clubhouse Model in at least one project as a way to address affordable housing and chronic poverty in the Capital Region of British Columbia.
  • To organise and  implement Peer Advocacy Training so we can help each other maneuver around the bureaucracy which threatens us monthly, from welfare office visits dealing with ever increasing criminalisation of the poor and unhoused,  BC Hydro bills for housed poor who are isolated, to dealing with controlling “supporters” @ Tent Cities or managers in buildings run by private landlords.

Network with homeless, lived experience of homeless, allies, community and service providers to help communicate on Canadian and International issues around displacement, autonomous societies and the move from being over managed as a group to self governance.  Poverty Industry needs to be tackled head on by our diverse poor class which far outnumbers any other class.

Rationale

Why Existing Social Housing Buildings and Apartment Buildings are in disarray.

In 1993, the Canadian federal government cut funding for social housing developments, beginning 23 years of disinvestment in the housing portfolio. Without federal government funding for social housing, the province has not stepped up to construct new buildings or properly  care for existing buildings.  The result is unhealthy living situations, slums, and SRO’s in disrepair. But the problem is not just with the lack of housing and the physical state of existing housing. The problem is also the unequal power structure between “management” and “tenants” that often leads to unhealthy dynamics.  That is the result of the hierarchical based economic system which pressures management decisions, styles and limits negatively healthy organisational processes.

Diverse Social Housing Victoria has begun to develop standards and policies to run socially inclusive communities within mini tent cities/micro housing and other buildings in a framework of self-governing, loving, respectful, caring, inclusive, peer-based thus effective self managed Villages, or apartment buildings which house thousands of disgruntled renters. Another goal of Diverse Social Housing Victoria is to co-create accessible gardens with Inner City Organics and, when possible, use our own yards for gardens.  Super InTent CIty has already managed  to gain interest and support from, to name but a few: Micro Housing Victoria, faith communities such as  Dandelion Society, Christ Church Cathedral: activist groups like the Committee To End Homelessness Victoria, Alliance Ending Displacement, Food Not Bombs and many individuals helping with various needs.

Community Building Objectives

 

  • Build mental health and Harm Reduction communities in social housing using Mental Health First Aid and Harm Reduction best practices as a guide.
  • Networking: We often need help with internal communications within tent cities; on how to engage tenants, how to encourage meeting involvement, how to network between factions in a tent city, how to network with other successful Autonomous housing communities, How To Share Power and Information, including co-ops, micro housing (Micro Housing Victoria?) and tent cities (Abby Diggs Abbotsford, Super InTent City L’kwungen, and so on.)
  • Help develop protocols within each community for police, ambulance or paramedic interactions using a community-based peer support security culture practice and insure all are trained on protocol.
  • Acquire funding to run community-based Peer Run Advocacy Trainings within existing Tent Cities, private market apartments, CRD Housing, Pacifica Housing, BC Housing and so on.
  • Ensure housing includes space for inside and outside social events such as dances, picnics,  coffee houses or events, including discussions on health, etc This is critical for community building.
  • Co- create and support peer-run and peer-led Campaigns for Diverse Social Housing Now. These campaigns could include  Leafleting and Flying Squads to work together to build our communities and help educate the public, building support for the development of Affordable Social Housing at 30% of income. (see bibliography)
  • Outreach to youth and adults who squat empty buildings; be informed about this culture coming up around us who are criminalized. Why is / has this been happening, this is connected to a subculture who are also tenting…(Kelly, Leah or someone may fill in still..
  • Lobby for a Livable 4 All Income guarantee which can ensure all are cared for and no one is without a home.  Build networks with local unions to help strengthen working class communities advocating for the full care of all people.
  • Reach out to communities, developers and contractors to build healthy LEED style and other Passive House standard homes, renovate existing homes or hotels and create support for community-based and supported Micro Housing Villages and Mini Tent Cities.
  • Provide support for emerging Micro Housing Villages and Mini Tent Cities, which will be small and spread out with City of Victoria support in daily clean up; community-based legal observers available when needed, and lawyers available when needed (e.g. as with Tent Cities: Abby Diggs in Abbotsford and Super InTent City in Victoria).

It is of critical importance to self governance that the egalitarian nature of the community is taken seriously. Caution is called for when any person or group of people are given special titles or privileges. Such as manager or group leader and so on. Avoid artificial rewards such as tenant of the month , this can cause divisions. The same principle is applied to rules and regs. Standards and guidelines are a better way to to go as issues can be discussed at community meeting as a learning experience. If rules are cemented in place someone will have to enforce them. Then there will have to be consequences, so already there is a bureaucracy and those who have power over others. Preferable are working peer teams that volunteer to talk to police and support the person in crisis.

Experienced facilitators in the consensus model are a must as teaching the skills of consensus is what makes a community healthy and united as well as helping people develop better ways to communicate.  It has to be about wellness, not sickness, not mental illness not labels. No stigma.

Outside supporters  who wish to be of help must support the standards and principles as laid out by the community and to respect the diversity of the  community. In other words,no one person speaks for everyone in the community. Much of the opposition from the larger community originates with the fact that most people have no understanding of how the consensus models  of community organising actually works. The fears are that the community will be a blight and a disgrace as this has been the experience of many. Speakers who are capable of promoting the consensus model need  more coverage to educate the larger community.                              

Here is an adaptation of a model which was originally written over a two-year period by residents of ABBY DIGS Village, Abbotsford, British Columbia, adapted by original Super InTent City Resident feedback and then further adapted by the DSHP here in L’kwungen WSANEC territories, aka Victoria B.C.:

The DSHP Tenant and Village Manual OPERATIONAL AGREEMENT:

We are working with the premise that Harm Reduction Models are going to be par for the course in our new models of Social Housing, Micro Housing Villages and Tent Cities for  Victoria, based upon the work of Dr. Gabor Mate and drug users themselves.

more at link.

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Police Collect On Warrants When Radical Community Building Happens

Super InTent City is now under more police presence.

Yesterday we had a couple leave tent city while we were there meeting with PHS, and police intervened and began a jack up. Catherine helped out reminding police and the people about the people’s rights. Two more times they came during the meeting, no accident i am sure.  Homeless have a tenuous relationship with police, given criminilisation of poor.

She got it all on film.  She is trying to get that footage to me.   For now I got footage of one resident being picked up on old warrants.

Its what police do, when directed to do so.  We see it time and time again.  System legislates poverty then criminilises our homeless, this is sick!

We have Anglicans who are trying to build for homeless and are being stopped re: finding land.

Micro Housing Victoria has been seeking land and are struggling for same reasons!

It is a crime!  I believe that those who are ready to go, I believe there are two groups, they need to consider seriously finding crown land and squat it, get building, put them on trailers and one wheel so that when you find that land they can move to it.

THAT WAY we can lighten the load at the inner city site, which had more join them who also have medical issues around homelessness.

One of SIC residents was picked up on warrants and I got it on film, PHS was here just after arrest.  Catherine was there helping as well.  Another brother and sister insured he had his back covered.

This film deals with the issue of police using warrants to gather up the poor when ever they like!

 

Super InTent City is now under more police presence.
One of SIC residents whom I consider a friend was picked up on warrants and I got it on film, PHS was here just after arrest.
Catherine was there helping.  Another brother and sister insured he had his back covered.  I will not mention the person arrested or why but, I am guessing it was on old warrants.  They come collecting when community building is going on.
Thanks Doug for helping out.

Not all at SIC know of the history many of us have built over years with our local homeless who are criminalised, and they can help by “checking in” respectfully .

This film deals with the issue of police using warrants to gather up the poor whenever they like. Go to thawvictoria on youtube and see years of such films.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thawVictoria

This report was written well after the attack that led us at CTEHV to make this film Taking The Fall on VIMEO:

I worked out boundaries with the streets around filming and continue to do so.
January 17, 2012  Out of Sight: Policing Poverty in Victoria, Coast and Straits Salish Territories
“Cuts to health services and income supports for people living in poverty, including those with disabilities involving mental health and illicit drug use, have contributed to a situation where police now act as de-facto “first responders” to health-related issues on city streets. The costs of policing poverty are high, and are not limited to the financial costs of spending more on approaches that do not work.
This study set out to explore the social costs of policing poverty by documenting the experiences and perspectives of members of the Victoria street community with regards to policing in Victoria, BC.  Research was guided by an advisory committee and used a peer research methodology where peer interviewers, or individuals who hold relevant lived experiences of poverty, conducted interviews with over 100 members of the Victoria street community.
The experiences and perspectives gleaned through these interviews point to the harmful effects of policing on the physical and mental well-being of members of the Victoria street community, a majority of whom use illicit drugs, live with disabilities, and/or suffer from chronic illnesses. These findings highlight the need for yet another revisiting of the use of policing to regulate poverty, as an approach that encourages a disproportionate and unjustified interference with the daily lives of the most marginalized members of our communities, and misuses resources to criminalize rather than alleviate poverty.”   by Tamara Herman
http://www.vipirg.ca/2012/01/out-of-sight-policing-poverty-in-victoria/

Yesterday we had a couple leave tent city while we were meeting with PHS, and police intervened and began a jack up. Catherine helped out reminding police and the people about the people’s rights. Two more times they came during the meeting, no accident i am sure.  Homeless have a tenuous relationship with police, given criminilisation of poor.
Catherine got it all on film.  She is trying to get that footage to me.   For now I got footage of one resident I guessed was being picked up on old warrants.
Its what police do, when directed to do so.  We see it time and time again.  System legislates poverty then criminilises our homeless, this is sick!
We have Christ Church Cathedral Anglicans who are trying to build for homeless and are being stopped re: finding land.  The group of unhoused waiting can and might have already started paperwork for their own society by which they run their own contracts and get their own bank account and folks living there run their own home.  Kind of like what some folks are already doing in some families at SIC. Families can organize themselves.  Ana and Doug brought to SIC this language of “families”, we are now lovingly asking ourselves and each other “who are you and which family are you affiliated with”?  “Who am I and what do I believe in”?  We got great diversity happening! This is powerful.

Some are a family of one, and that is cool too.  They are a part of this greater community around SIC.
What if each family organized themselves so that when (if) a meeting with Liberals and or Feds takes place all families are organized and have a budget ready to hand over to Governments?  Indeed, as we move forward in unity there is not ONE there are many and maybe folks will want to get going on their own paperwork?  Who knows?
Micro Housing Victoria has also been seeking land and are struggling for same reasons, I wonder where they are at?

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