Katic: DTES Neighbourhood Council Doesn’t Support PiDGiN Picket

Here’s a bit of breaking news on the PiDGiN controversy:

The DNC shares many of the goals of the anti-gentrification protesters, but feels that the specific actions in front of 350 Carrall St. have served their purpose. The DNC therefor disagrees with the continuation of this action, and calls on the protesters to move on.

The DNC is the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, a large elected group of DTES residents. From their website:

We are a representative group of Downtown Eastside residents who advocate for the needs, interests, and aspirations of our neighbourhood.

How does this change the politics of the PiDGiN picket? With the community council denouncing the picket, should the protestors feel obliged to leave?

Community support for the protest is mixed. In three days of covering the protest, we saw the spectrum: residents who shouted at the protesters, residents who cheered them on, residents who were ambivalent, and residents who accused them of being privileged, university-educated kids who live in Mount Pleasant and know nothing about the neighbourhood.

The PiDGiN protestors should take this very seriously. If they continue their picket in the belief that the community and its council is mistaken (e.g. ‘they don’t know what’s in their own best interest’), then they run the risk of creating serious resentment — resentment between the community and the protestors that purport to support them.

At the same time, does the DNC actually speak for the community? What motivated their decision? Is this a short-term political calculus that could be detrimental in the long-run?

Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.

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Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.

2 Responses to “Katic: DTES Neighbourhood Council Doesn’t Support PiDGiN Picket”

  1. Tom Servua

    The DNC has been riddled with internal dissent for a long time. The ideologues, led by Wendy, Ivan, and Jean, were thrown out because people eventually sickened of their oppressive & controlling agenda. Tami Cosmic-Starlight-Decolonizer is off on another of her tours, promoting… herself, I guess. She got thrown out of the Media Co-op because she couldn’t get along with anyone. Not-Homeless Dave wasted thirty days on a “hunger strike” that achieved nothing. The Pidgin picket is nine people who are ignored by the dozens of people who actually live in Pigeon Park.

    The majority of the 16,000 people who live in the DTES wants to get things done, and get practical results for their efforts.

    It’s the difference between those who demand everything and contribute nothing, and those who want to get real about improving the hood and helping the people. Better neighbourhood. Same neighbours.

    A steady diet of complaints is pretty tiresome after awhile. The new DNC says that they want to do real work for the people. It’s why Ivan and Wendy don’t work for CCAP any more. The funders were fed up with the complaining, and wanted to see something real for the $60,000 a year that they give to Carnegie.

    The DTES is poisoned by ideologues. The AntiPoverty Committee exploded. DERA imploded. CCAP threw out 2/3 of its staff. And now this. The story isn’t over, and now efforts are being made to throw out the DNC reformers. Never ends down there.

  2. maria wallstam

    FYI DNC is currently a defunct organization, it has stopped having monthly general membership meetings and now only represents 3-4 power hungry white men on the board.

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