CAG 2017: A year of building people power in the community

As 2017 comes to an end, here are some CAG highlights we’d like to share as we reflect on our work this past year and look ahead into 2018.

This year, we door knocked, surveyed, and interviewed hundreds of Chinatown residents, reaching them with the Voice of Chinatown News Service.

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We hosted two community tea times that brought Chinatown residents together to discuss issues and solutions in their neighbourhood.

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Consolidating our findings from door knocking, surveying, and interviewing, we created and launched the People’s Vision for Chinatown.

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We mobilized the Chinatown community and allies across Vancouver in the 105 Keefer campaign to rally at City Hall in the May/June public hearings and October DPB meeting and stop Beedie’s luxury condo from being built.

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We built relationships and shared stories and learnings with dedicated organizers across Turtle Island (North America), including Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (Los Angeles), W.O.W. Project (New York), People’s Defence (Toronto), and Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto).

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We filmed six language learning videos with CAG volunteers and Chinatown residents to add to our organizing toolkit.

We organized study groups with allies on patriarchy, gender oppression, anti-sexist organizing, and anti-Asian racism.

We spoke at conferences and gave talks and workshops to high school students, university students, union workers, organizers, and the general public to share our work and build solidarity.

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We shifted the housing narrative in the media by highlighting the concerns of working class Chinese residents in Vancouver’s Chinatown and bringing to the forefront their stories and lived realities.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has been part of this beautiful year of organizing and learning with us. 2017 was definitely a year of building people power and community for CAG, as we worked together to create a strong grassroots movement. We look forward to 2018 as a year of growth and more thoughtful organizing where we will sharpen our political analysis, deepen our social investigation, and strengthen relationships with each other so that the work we do continues to be nurturing and sustainable. ❤


Photo credits: Celine Chuang, Nat Lowe, Lenée Son, Sid Tan

 

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