News - Organizing

February 4, 2015
The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder...
Keywords: Indigenous, Organizing, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, United States
January 28, 2015
A rally was held earlier this week protesting the lack of government regulation for payday loan stores in Burnaby. The story was reported in a recent article. “Monica McGovern with the group ACORN...
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, Government Policy, Organizing, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
Activist and poet Bud Osborn has passed away. Bud was a founding member of Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users (VANDU), a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, British Columbia
February 7, 2014
After helping to dodge a date with the wrecking ball, supporters of a historic Downtown Eastside building are ramping up fundraising to save and restore it. The 122-year-old Ming Sun building at 439...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
Tenant organizer Yutaka Dirks writes that through organizing "tenants can win increased legal protections from eviction, funding for new social housing, and, eventually, the full control of their own...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, Tenants' Rights, All of Canada
December 12, 2013
ACORN Canada is fighting for the right for all people to have access to affordable high speed internet. They are targeting the large telecommunications companies and the federal government to provide...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
August 13, 2012
As the 2012 Olympic Games come to a close this weekend in London, we have put together a list of undereported stories of resistance to Olympic related displacement and development.
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, International
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
March 22, 2012
Local research indicates 20 per cent of Revelstoke (and area) residents are struggling to meet their basic needs and Revelstoke has some of the highest rent and food prices in the region. Due to the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 9, 2012
The Vancouver Poverty Olympics is in Glasgow to hand over the Poverty Olympics Torch. Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is facing massive cuts in local services, increasing...
Keywords: Organizing, International
March 9, 2012
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council has released the first issue of the DT Eastside Newspaper with a pull out poster of proposed condo development in the DTES. The DNC wants to put the voices...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
January 11, 2012
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition works towards introducting a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan in BC Check out their new website.
Keywords: Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
October 7, 2011
British Columbia's smaller communities have been hit hard by the same ongoing economic recession, and staggering job losses that affect urban areas. On Gabriola Island, a project hiring unemployed...
Keywords: Organizing, Unemployment, British Columbia
September 7, 2011
A collection of essays telling the story of ACORN's organizing efforts around the world, "Global Grassroots" is edited by ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke. Campaigns on issues such as payday lending and...
Keywords: Organizing, International
August 31, 2011
Quest Food Exchange operates its low-cost grocery store model at three locations in the Lower Mainland: 611 E Hastings - In the Union Gospel Mission building (This location has wheelchair access)...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Organizing, British Columbia
August 22, 2011
Activists in Ontario have launched the website "Remember the Day," as they begin a campaign to highlight the crucial issue of rising poverty in Ontario as the provincial election draws near. Pathway...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Organizing, Ontario
August 15, 2011
According to Warren Buffett, he and his mega-rich friends are not paying enough taxes. He's asking the US Congress to increase taxes for the wealthy to pay for gaps in the budget. His recent comments...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, All of Canada, International
July 26, 2011
In Florida, people are being arrested for giving food to people who are homeless. The City of Orlando has been targeting Food not Bombs, a community group that, twice a week for the past 5 years, has...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Organizing, United States
April 18, 2011
How do the political parties currently vying for our votes specifically plan to address poverty in Canada? Citizens for Public Justice, along with the Dignity for All campaign, have put together a...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, All of Canada
April 12, 2011
A article in talks about the amazing work of the Power of Women (POW) group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. POW is "a group of women who live in a neighbourhood where residents face a...
Keywords: Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
March 1, 2011
Many Canadians believe that the poor are themselves responsible for living in poverty, says a new report exploring attitudes on poverty by the Salvation Army. This report launches The Dignity Project...
Keywords: Organizing, Poorbashing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
October 25, 2010
Penny Goldsmith interviewed several advocates and PovNet board members across BC and Canada during her fellowship with the Carold Institute last year. This illustrated story came out of an interview...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, Technology, All of Canada
July 27, 2010
The Vision was developed over two years with input from a massive sample of 1200 Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, in co-operation with many DTES groups. The process, led by the Carnegie Community...
Keywords: Homelessness, Organizing, Poorbashing, Welfare, British Columbia
June 28, 2010 and the Toronto Media Co-op have up to the minute coverage of the impact of the G20 summit in Toronto. See their stories on the demonstrations, the police violence, the arrests and...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
February 1, 2010
The Poverty Olympics Torch Relay was launched on January 17th by a group of advocates and activists to draw attention to poverty and anti-poverty struggles around the province. This torch relay is...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
December 16, 2009
A coalition of community members and activists in the Downtown Eastside marched against the Assistance to Shelter Act. The coalition says although the government claims that the aim of the Act is to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Organizing, British Columbia
September 10, 2009
Since January, various activists and residents of Vancouver have been passing on the torch of the 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay. The hunger strike relay was created as an active symbol to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Organizing, British Columbia
June 11, 2009
For the last ten months, Penny from PovNet has been interviewing BC advocates about how they use PovNet and how it has changed the way they work as advocates. She has put together a digital story...
Keywords: Media, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 13, 2009
A story in the New York Times investigates how about a dozen advocacy groups around the country are actively moving homeless people into vacant homes, sometimes moving them back into their homes that...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, United States
April 7, 2009
Thousands of people marched to demand government action on affordable housing and homelessness in Vancouver and across BC on Saturday. The march was organized by the Citywide Housing Coalition, a...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
March 29, 2009
As BC is gearing up for a provincial election in May 2009, a number of organizations from around BC under the ad hoc group, Poverty Reduction in BC, have put out resources and statements about a...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 23, 2009
The Canadian Council on Social Development develops and promotes progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities. Much of their...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
February 14, 2009
A slideshow of the second annual Poverty Olympics by Blackbird.
Keywords: Art and Culture, Homelessness, Organizing, British Columbia
February 10, 2009
Over 500 people turned up to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness at the second annual Poverty Olympics. The Poverty Olympics featured a mock torch parade, the mascots -- Creepy the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 6, 2009
West Coast LEAF and PIVOT Legal Society are asking individuals and organizations to sign their online petition to restore legal aid in BC. According to the petition: The recent continuation of cuts...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Organizing, British Columbia
February 6, 2009
Two hundred organizations from across the province have joined together to call for all-party support for a legislated BC poverty reduction plan. The groups -which include charities, unions,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 5, 2009
NAPO, the National Anti-Poverty Organization, has changed its name to Canada Without Poverty. According to their website: "These changes are part of our repositioning for the strongest possible...
Keywords: Organizing, Poverty Research, All of Canada
September 21, 2008
The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, a coalition of over 100 organizations across Ontario is urging the premier of Ontario to follow through on his promise of reducing poverty in the province....
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Government Policy, Organizing, Ontario
September 21, 2008
Thank you to everyone who voted for PovNet in the Georgia Straights' best of Vancouver issue. We tied for second in the category, Local Activists' Web Site.
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
September 20, 2008
The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a not-for-profit organization established in October 1994 expressly to address anti-Black racism and other forms of systemic and institutional...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Organizing, Ontario