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Stop the Sweeps: Climate Justice & Caring for Our Unhoused Neighbours
January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Join the UBC Climate Hub on Jan 23 @ 5:00-7:30 PM in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (BC Hydro Theatre) for a free screening of the documentary Stop the Sweeps, followed by a community dialogue about the connections between climate justice and safety for our unhoused neighbours! Food & beverages provided — please bring your own container & cup!
About the Documentary
This film follows the work of community members, advocates and supporters to bring an end to street sweeps – the practice of city workers and police displacing unhoused people from public spaces. On July 1st, 2022, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) pulled out of accompanying City of Vancouver workers during street sweeps. This reprieve allowed unhoused residents to setup shelters leading to the Hastings St. Tent City. Over the following months, the City and VPD engaged in a campaign to banish people to nowhere, providing no housing and no suitable shelter. During this time, residents, community members and advocates fought back, demanding accountability and an end to displacement.
Learn more about the Stop the Sweeps Coalition: https://stopthesweeps.ca/about
The film contains depictions and discussions of police violence & our community dialogue following the screening will touch on similar topics.
- Documentary includes English captions
- BC Hydro Theatre is located on the main floor of the in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (wheelchair accessible venue & bathrooms)
- We encourage attendees to wear a mask in an effort to practice community care & safety during an ongoing pandemic (sanitizer & single-use masks will be provided at the door)