I was originally planning a post on all of the foolishness of the Vancouver Riots following the Stanley Cup final. But this, I think, is a much better story about Vancouver.
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group has launched their amazing In Our Own Voices writing project this month. A new story is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week on the Vancouver Media Co-Op site, making the project consist of twelve stories in total. I highly, highly suggest you take a look, as the stories presented each week are powerful, raw and so necessary. The stories were written as part of an intense period of writing exercises, workshops, and revisions facilitated by the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. Week one featured stories that brought women to the Downtown Eastside, week two drew attention to child apprehension and violence against women, week three will explore the daily lives of women in the Downtown Eastside, and week four will highlight ongoing issues of homelessness and poverty. I'm not going to write about the content of the stories here, it's important that the words remain in the author's voices - you can find the series here. Although, I will say that each one so far has made me go through the various stages of grief, outrage and a felt sense of injustice. The stories are women's experiences told in women's own voices. Check it out, and find out what you can do below.
About the Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group:
We are a trans-inclusive group of women who live in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, the poorest off-reserve postal code in Canada. We are or have been homeless; living in shelters and on the streets. Many of us are single mothers or have had our children apprehended due to poverty; most of us have chronic physical or mental health issues; many have drug or alcohol addictions; and a majority have experienced sexual violence and mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional abuse. For Indigenous women, we are affected by the racist legacy of residential schools. We are from all walks of life, surviving in extreme poverty and building a family with each other.
For More Information about the DTES Power of Women Group:
Power of Women: Building Change at the Grassroots, featured on Rabble.ca.