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March against the National Conference on "Ending" Homelessness

The market is the problem, not the solution! End homelessness, stop managing it!

- 7:30am
Monday November 3 2014

Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery to Sheraton Wall Centre
Address: Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street side
Cost: Free

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ACTION CALL OUT: March and protest against the managers of homelessness

Demonstration against the “National Conference on Ending Homelessness”

Monday November 3, 5:30 pm
Meet at south side Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson and Hornby St
March to Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard St
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories


On Monday November 3, we take a stand against managers of the homelessness crisis and demandBUILD HOMES NOW!

The City of Vancouver and the Canadian Alliance on Ending Homelessness are hosting a “National Conference on Ending Homelessness” at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel (Nov 3-5). A powerful class of managers will spend three days talking about market “solutions” to a homelessness crisis that the market will never solve and is only making worse.

Regimes of management, regulation, and control have been built up around low-income and Indigenous peoples' lives, bodies, and communities. To access basic incomes and housing we are forced to submit to medical or police monitoring and control, including under the new “Housing First” model. The National Conference on Ending Homelessness brings government and NGO elite together to tune this machinery.

The City of Vancouver -- after forcibly displacing homeless Oppenheimer Park tent city residents, and in the year with the highest ever homeless count -- is generously contributing $30,000 to the conference. And to add insult to injury, tickets for this “Ending Homelessness” conference are $650… or $400 for students.

The Social Housing Alliance calls for a major mobilization to confront, expose, and oppose the government policies and NGO industries that manage homeless, low-income, and Indigenous people without challenging or disrupting the systems and social conditions that cause homelessness and poverty.

Join us as we demonstrate at the opening dinner and reception for the conference on Monday Nov 3. We will meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 5:30pm to march to the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel where we will say: The market is the problem not the solution: Build homes now!

For more about the National Conference on Ending Homelessness see the conference website here:

For more information about this action, contact Social Housing Alliance at

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