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Advocacy and Legal Aid
Access Pro Bono
phone number: 604.878.7400 or 1.877.762.6664 (toll-free)
Battered Women’s Support Services
toll-free phone number: 1.855.687.1868
location: 1424 Commercial Dr PO Box 21503, Vancouver
Legal Services Society: Legal Aid
phone number: Greater Vancouver: 604-408-2172; Outside Greater Vancouver: 1-866-577-2525 (call no charge)
phone hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mon., Tue., Thu., and Fri.); 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Wed.)
location: 400 – 510 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8
location hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Mon. through Fri.)
National Congress of Black Women Foundation
phone number: 604-605-1024
location: 302 – 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC V5H 0B8
They also hold information drop-ins where lesbian gay bi trans queer /HIV+ people considering or making a claim can learn about the application process and community resources.
Sponsorship pilot project: the Federal Government has allocated $100,000 to assist with the sponsorship of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) asylum seekers who are outside of Canada.
location: Qmunity 1170 Bute St., Vancouver.
TTY accessible: 604-875-0885; to call collect, please call the Telus Relay Service at 711. Text to 604-836-6381.
phone number: 1-800-563-0808
Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
contact: search by location on website
email: search by location on website
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
phone number: 604.254.5401
location: 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver, BC
phone number: 604-254-9626
Saige Community Food Bank – Trans/Gender Variant Safe Space
The food bank that provides a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming or queer individuals to access healthy food, as well as support from their LGBT peers.
location: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – 2425 Oxford Street @ Nanaimo – ground level – wheelchair/scooter accessible – the heart of the east Vancouver/Commercial Drive area where a large population of trans/gender variant and queer people reside
Robert Lee YMCA
phone number: 604-689-YMCA;
location: 955 Burrard St;
YWCA Metro Vancouver
phone number: 604-895-5800
location: 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
Dragonstone Counselling – lower-cost counselling
- people with disabilities and chronic health conditions
- newcomers to Canada
- including undocumented newcomers
- LGBTQ people
- Black, Indigenous and People of Colour
- and single parents
phone number: 604-738-7557
ProChoices Community Therapy Clinic – lower-cost counselling
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact via form on website
location: Unit 4, 245 East Broadway, Vancouver – located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway, above Our Town Cafe
Sacha Médiné – sliding scale counselling
phone number: 778-318-8084, or contact via form on website
Scarfe Counselling UBC – free counseling
phone number: 604-827-1523 for an appointment (please leave a message)
location: Scarfe Building, UBC Campus (directions will be explained on the phone)
UBC Psychology Clinic – lower-cost counseling
phone number: 604-822-3005
location: Vancouver Campus, Douglas T. Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
What do you folks do?
How can I get involved?
If you are an ally who wants to help out, our involvement opportunities are as follows:
- Donate to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/blmvan
- Volunteer at events. When we have an event coming up, please check the Facebook event page for ways to get involved. We will post there what we are looking for.
- Educate your peers
- Respond to comments on our social media. We receive a lot of unwarranted hate from internet trolls and it’s often too much emotional labour to respond to them all. Help us out by educating the internet.
- Let us know about services you offer and are willing to donate or provide at a discount. E.g. printing, transport, venues, photography
Who runs Black Lives Matter Vancouver?
Why are you not participating in the Vancouver Pride Parade?
“We will not be taking part in the Pride parade, by participation or protest, and have instead chosen to focus our energy elsewhere… We do this not only because we feel that Pride no longer represents community action, resistance and revolution but also as an act of solidarity with BLM chapters across North America to whom Pride parades have been made inaccessible. We wholeheartedly support the actions of other BLM chapters such as BLM Toronto and BLM San Francisco and although we may not face the same immediate threats of police brutality, we refuse to participate in the whitewashing, armament and exclusivity of any Pride Parade unless concrete and explicit commitments to the contrary are made.”
What about police officers who are gay and want to be in the march?
There is no need for the police department to participate as an institution that has historically and continues to act in the ongoing marginalization of certain communities, including the LGBTQ community itself. As referenced in our open letter, the Pride Society draws attention to their Trans Equality Now campaign, however fails to make the connection that the trans community, particularly the trans sex worker community and those who are unhomed, face disproportionate levels of discrimination and harassment from the police. We wonder how the Pride Society can justify glorifying the police in uniforms, along with a militarized vehicle, while simultaneously supporting communities targeted by that same force.
We believe that the removal of the police float, particularly the vehicle that represents violence and war, would be a display of inclusion from the Pride Society towards all marginalized communities, not only Black Lives Matter.
Additionally, the pride parade is supposed to be a celebration of communities and individuals that are oppressed or marginalized, such as the LGBTQ community. The police, as an institution, do not face these kinds of discrimination and are in a position of authority and power, therefore it does not make sense for them to participate.
Why do you hate cops?
Read more here: http://blacklivesmatter.com/11-major-misconceptions-about-the-black-lives-matter-movement/
Why are you attacking the VPD for actions in the US?
As mentioned in the above, police institutions are often trained to treat marginalized communities in a certain way, which often results in disrespect and harassment. Please see here, here, and here for stories of police violence in Vancouver. Fortunately, that rarely results in (reported) cases of violence in this city so our measures to engage in police accountability are largely precautionary yet still essential.
In Vancouver in particular, police violence is often towards Indigenous communities, sex workers and homeless/street-involved communities. We stand in solidarity with them as their experiences are comparable to those of Black folks in the US, where BLM started as a movement. We hope to continue to work around police accountability and supporting Indigenous communities.
Pivot Legal Society’s statement on police accountability in Vancouver:
“The police occupy a uniquely powerful role in our society. For people who are marginalized as a result of poverty, disability, or ethnicity, that power can be experienced as oppressive. Far too often, police are their first point of contact with the justice system, which is why it’s critical that law enforcement be responsive to the needs of diverse communities. Pivot’s Police Accountability campaign works with these communities with the aim establish a system of transparent and accountable policing that ends the criminalization of poverty and holds law enforcement responsible for the disproportionate use of force.”
But… but… there is no racism in Canada.
We’re really shouldn’t have to provide proof for you to believe that as a community of Black and racialized people we face oppression, marginalization and discrimination both in Vancouver and across the country, but we’re kind so here you go:
- Canadian campuses have a racism problem
- Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst
- Next Time Someone Says ‘Canada’s Not Racist,’ Show Them This Video
- Halifax’s Racist Statue Has Got To Go: Mi’kmaq Elder
- Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.
- Is Canada too polite to talk about racism?
Why is it problematic to say All Lives Matter or any other variation of ____ Lives Matter?
By saying Black Lives Matter, what we want you to hear is, “hello, please remember us, please respect us as much as you respect white bodies, please do not kill our loved ones.” We are not, and have never said, “Black lives matter more than or instead of white lives or any other lives.”
By saying All Lives Matter or replacing “Black” with anything else, you are derailing the conversation and further perpetuating anti-Blackness. The All Lives Matter narrative only arose after the Black Lives Matter movement began, so it is an obvious attempt to continually silence Black people when we attempt to take up the space we deserve.
If you genuinely think all lives matter, support Black people, Black communities, Black businesses as much as you would any other. Only then, will we all matter.
Also, watch this and this.
Will you be selling Black Lives Matter t-shirts?
However, we will be selling buttons and magnets at the African Descent Festival and the Vancouver Dyke March.
If you really want one, please consider purchasing from another chapter who is selling or from the official store: https://blckstore.org/
The land we are on
The origins of our cause
The Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza.
#BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue among Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.
"Freedom, by definition, is people realizing they are their own leaders" - Diane Nash
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