Category Archives: Updates from Coalition

DTES residents paint Pantages for the people!

Message on the 100-block: HOMES 4 ALL

On Saturday June 2nd Downtown Eastside residents gathered on the 100-block of East Hastings with paint-cans, pancakes, and dance music to send a simple message against condos and for social housing to would-be condo developer Marc Williams and City Hall.

Organized by the DTES Not for Developers Coalition, the paint-in action was a party that took over all of Hastings Street for an hour and a half. Residents talked, listened to speeches about gentrification and the threat of displacement that the condo project at Pantages threatens. They ate pancakes, petted the giant rat “Chewy”, and left their message behind in paint and chalk. The photos below are just a sample of the strength of community that was shown that day and the pledge of this community to continue to fight to stop Pantages condos and win housing for those who need it most. Continue reading


Downtown Eastside residents sound the DISPLACEMENT alarm

Downtown Eastside residents sound the DISPLACEMENT alarm

By Ivan Drury

UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY, VANCOUVER: On Tuesday April 10th more than 100 Downtown Eastside residents gathered for a rally in the theatre of the Carnegie centre to sound an alarm: Displacement, they said, is happening. And, worse, if city council does not take immediate and serious action, it will quickly become a desperate crisis.
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Video: Naomi Klein speaks out against condos in DTES

The Downtown Eastside is Not for Developers Campaign received a message of support from author and activist Naomi Klein, who spoke at a gathering in front of the proposed Sequel 138 condo development project in the Downtown Eastside.

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Occupy Condos: Take the Pantages!

Occupy Condos: Take the Pantages!

Tuesday November 29th at 4 pm till 6 pm
152 East Hastings (near Main and Hastings)
Warm food served.

Web link:
Download and distribute our poster here and leaflet here

Condo Developer Marc Williams wants to build expensive market housing at the old Pantages Site in the Downtown Eastside. Condos in the heart of the neighbourhood will cause higher property values, higher rents in single-room occupancies, displacement of current residents, increased policing, and low-income residents feeling unwelcome in their own neighbourhood.

We are tired and angry that the City and real estate developers are being complicit in escalating rents and gentrification instead of building and protecting safe and affordable low-incoming housing. The corporate developers that bankroll City Council are the 1% in our city that hold disproportionate political and economic power and want to make millions of dollars in profit. Meanwhile more people are displaced from low-income housing in the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver’s has become one of the most unaffordable cities for poor, low-income, racialized, seniors, youth, single mothers, and working people in the world.

On Tuesday November 29th we are calling for a mass action for people to occupy and take back pantages for the low-income community. The DTES is not for developers!

Organized by Stop the Pantages Condos Coalition which includes Citywide Housing Coalition, DTES Neighbourhood Council, DTES Power of Women Group, Streams of Justice, UBC Social Justice Centre, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.



Report from DTES Women’s Housing March, Gentrifuckation Tour, and Block Party to Block Condos

Approximately 600 people participated in both the 5th Annual Women’s Housing March and Gentrifcukation Tour as well as the DTES Block Party to Block Condos on the 100 Block!

(more photos from Ben Powless here:

Video by Isaac O, VMC:

Photos and article by Yolanda Cole in Georgia Straight:

Also check out some photos from Murray Bush here:

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Podcast: Interview with Dave Diewert

A coalition of community activists are asking Vancouver city council to buy a former vaudeville theatre and dedicate it exclusively to social housing. They say that if the city allows a condo development to go ahead in the building, it will cause an explosion of gentrification in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.

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Petitioning for 100% Social Housing at Pantages Site