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The word ‘angel’ is derived from the Greek word “messenger”. Angels are thought of as guardian spirits to not only protect us but guide us, and if we let them in; they communicate to us between the worlds of the living and dead, or heaven and earth.
The word Anarchy is usually followed by a definition of a person or persons who seek to overturn by ‘violence’ all constituted forms and institutions of society and government. In our time now; Anarchism is a social movement that seeks liberation from oppressive systems of control including the state, capitalism, racism, sexism, speciesism, and religion. Anarchists advocate a self-managed, classless, stateless society without borders, bosses, or rulers where everyone takes collective responsibility for the health and prosperity of themselves and the environment. (from www.reddit.com>Anarchism)
The DTES is Not Ghettoized by the Residents but by the BC Government, Greedy Corporations, and Slum Lords.
The Downtown Eastside’s Social and Racial Cleansing is part of the so-called “DTES Second Generation Strategy” and Gentrification. The Displacement of residents and the uncertainty of where people will go and what will become of people experiencing homelessness of DTES is a grave concern to us all. In March of 2015, approximately 1,746 people were/became homeless in Vancouver. Approximately 32% are Aboriginal. And that doesn’t count the people with inadequate food, clothing, and living in cramped S.R.O.’ s. These are the basic needs and rights of all people. We keep asking questions like, why is this happening? Why are so many people being denied their rights to basic needs? Why are there so many people with no food or shelter? This gentrification of the DTES continues even though they told us, in the beginning, it will be a mix of the old and the new living and working side by side. . . ** Instead they are kicking the DTES residents out of their homes and on to the streets.
This piece represents those in need and those who fight for the basic human rights of people experiencing homelessness in the DTES of Vancouver.