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:
https://vimeo.com/67033942

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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