Summer 2012: Hope in Shadows - Ten Years in the Spotlight

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Ten years ago, shortly after Pivot had begun to take shape as a legal advocacy organization, an idea for a different kind of project began to emerge.  We don't remember exactly who was present at those early brainstorming sessions but we do know that this group of people could see great potential in what they were imagining-  a project that would use photography to empower people living in the Downtown Eastside to represent their neighbourhood on their own terms.

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Spring 2011: Hope in Shadows Photographers Recognized for their Art

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When Pivot started the Hope in Shadows project in 2003, we knew that it would bring into focus the talent and creativity that exists in the Downtown Eastside community. The three- day photo contest is open to all low-income residents of the neighbourhood and continues to gives rise to some brilliant photography.

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Winter 2012: Sex workers fight for access to justice at the Supreme Court

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January 19, 2012 was an incredible day for justice. For the first time in Canadian history, sex workers from the Downtown Eastside fought for their rights at the Supreme Court of Canada. The story of this litigation begins in 2007 when Pivot was asked to represent the Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society (SWUAV) and Sheryl Kiselbach in a constitutional challenge to the criminal laws that prohibit various aspects of adult sex work. SWUAV is an organization run by and for street-based sex workers in the DTES and Sheryl is a former sex worker and currently the violence prevention coordinator at the PACE Society. 

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Summer 2011: Cultivating YIMBYism

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Imagine a new family was looking to move to your block and your neighbours saying, “We already have enough of those types of people,” or, “There are too many of their kind here.” We would cringe to hear that in reference to an ethnic or religious group, however, for people impacted by poverty, homelessness, mental illness and addiction, these are exactly the attitudes they face.

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