This is how we win

In July I had the privilege of attending the Central European University summer school in Budapest at the invitation of the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Initiative. The program brought together strategic human rights litigators to share our experiences in using law to change the world and to learn best practices from the Justice Initiative’s expert staff.

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Canadian politicians ignoring sex workers

Two months ago, the women who lead the incredible Downtown Eastside organization Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) gathered around the conference table at the Pivot office and stuffed envelopes. Four hundred and twelve envelopes, to be exact.

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The Abbotsford Shuffle

Homeless people in Abbotsford are being pushed around again, this time by BC Hydro who is evicting dozens today who have been living along Gladys Avenue. 

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The community we have built

When Flo and Ricky visited the Hope in Shadows community vote table outside the Carnegie Community Centre earlier this week, it showed us everything fantastic about this project.

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Justice Committee on Bill C-36 ignored sex workers

On July 8, I made a brief presentation to the Justice Committee hearings on Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The bill is the government of Canada’s response to the historic Supreme Court decision last December that struck down the three most harmful laws governing prostitution in Canada. 

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Top photos chosen for Hope in Shadows

After an intensive weekend of deliberation, over 4000 images have been narrowed down to this year’s top 40 photos, and the results are fantastic. 

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Abbotsford versus Homeless: They’re not alone

Last Friday, the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court heard the City of Abbotsford argue that our Pivot-led lawsuit seeking to have access to safe shelter recognized as a basic human right should not go to trial.
 
The City of Abbotsford is seeking to strike down the lawsuit brought forward by the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (DWS) on behalf of the city’s homeless population. They’ve argued that DWS cannot represent the interests of homeless people in Abbotsford—even though many of its members are homeless in Abbotsford. 

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Feds’ proposed prostitution law to create conditions for violence, murder to occur

Expect to see more missing and murdered women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and across the country.

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Legal experts' letter to Stephen Harper criticizes response to Bedford decision

An open letter signed by more than 200 legal experts from across Canada was delivered to Prime Minister Stephen Harper the morning Justice Committee hearings are set to begin on Bill C-36.

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Moving to Minimum Force: Andy Rowe's story

On June 26, Pivot Legal Society released its report on police service dogs in B.C.

In 2007, Andy Rowe was the victim of a violent incident involving a police dog. At our press conference launching the report, Andy courageously shared his experience. Here's his story. 

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Photo by Jennifer Gauthier/Metro 

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In July I had the privilege of attending the Central European University summer school in Budapest at the invitation of...
Two months ago, the women who lead the incredible Downtown Eastside organization Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) gathered around...
Homeless people in Abbotsford are being pushed around again, this time by BC Hydro who is evicting dozens today who...
When Flo and Ricky visited the Hope in Shadows community vote table outside the Carnegie Community Centre earlier this week,...