SRO Tenant Convention 2015
We organized a convention for 300 people and 700 people showed up! Luckily we had enough food.
- We raised about $10,000 for this event
- Eight tenant reps volunteered for a month doing outreach and slipped invitations under every privately owned SRO door. They also tabled at Hastings and Main and answered questions about the Collaborative and tenant rights.
- Simultaneous translation at the Convention for over 100 Chinese seniors that attended
- 2 SRO Tenants play amazing music during the opening and at lunch, in addition to a local Aboriginal drum and dance group
- Snack bags for everyone in the morning and local food prepared by Watari’s Latin American Outreach Program and the Aboriginal Front Door
- Over 20 agencies set up tables including BC Housing, Residential Tenancy Branch, City of Vancouver Inspections Department, First United Church Legal Advocates and more
- Pivot Legal Society workshop on eviction prevention was the main focus of the day
- Collaborative presentation on victories and challenges in 2015
- Encouraged tenants to attend the Renters Rights Workshops
For photos, go to Kay Ho’s Facebook Page.
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SRO Tenant Convention 2014
On October 19, 2014, we held the first SRO Tenant Convention at the Japanese Language Hall. Over 200 SRO tenants and community members came together to talk about taking action and responding to injustices tenants face on a daily basis. We had a delicious lunch made by our friends at WATARI. Check out the Convention video made by Indigenous Community Planner and multidisciplinary artist Wilson Mendes above.
Workshops that took place include:
- Stories from Tent City shared by Tent City Residents
- History of SRO Organizing by Jean Swanson and Dianne Tobin
- When to Call the City by City staff
- Tenant Rights by DJ Larkin
- Accessing Services by Dalena Beitel and Richard Marquez
- Bed Bug Science Class by John Foster
- Aboriginal Talking Circle by Mabel Nipshank
- Tenant Rights in Cantonese by Chanel Ly
- Right to Remain arts workshop by Revitalizating Japantown?
Crummiest Cockroach Haven Contest
Over 200 votes from the community were submitted to identify the worst hotel in the neighbourhood. The community marched on the streets to deliver these awards to the winning hotels. Here are the results:
- Balmoral Hotel (159 E Hastings)
- Regent Hotel (160 E Hastings)
- Cobalt Hotel (917 Main St)
Thanks to everyone who helped make this Convention possible: Carnegie Community Centre Association, Carnegie Community Action Project, Revitalizing Japantown?, Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, WATARI, Aboriginal Front Door, Social Housing Alliance, City of Vancouver, BC Housing, Building Communities Society, Murray Bush, Kathy Shimizu, Elwin Xie, Rose Siccamma, and especially all our volunteers and our SRO Tenant Organizers: Arnold Nokohoot, Elmer Azak, Dianne Tobin, Julia Gairdner.
For photos of the Convention, go to CCAP’s Facebook page.