The Pivot Blog

Overreliance on prohibition and punishment is ineffective, a waste of public funds, and taking a terrible human toll on people who use drugs and their families and loved ones
The group complaint action was not in response to the police raid of the High Hopes kiosk in the Downtown Eastside street market
In May of 2017, around 90 homeless individuals banded together to find safety and security in community by setting up a tent city to survive outdoors. Over the following year, that community grew to nearly 200 people. We have followed them in their journey as they’ve taken a stand against the bigotry and stigma that fuel BC’s homelessness crisis to show their courage and determination in the face of systemic discrimination.
The mandatory victim fine surcharge criminalizes poverty and threatens the health and safety of marginalized communities.
"Without access to safer alternatives, a toxic, street-based drug supply will continue to be a government-sanctioned death sentence for people who use drugs."
#PivotLegal successfully fought back against a proposed law that would have endangered the lives of people who are homeless
The failed war on drugs and criminalization of people who consume them is taking a horrific toll on society.
Stigma and prejudice fuel community opposition to homeless shelters and supports
The situation in Surrey shows how discrimination and prejudice underly our treatment of others
Ending stigma begins with discussion - Insight from someone personally affected by the opioid crisis #SupportDontPunish
2017 was a strong year of growth for our organization. Along with significant victories in court, we expanded our work outside the Lower Mainland and began research projects and advocacy that will help ensure the health, safety, and human rights of marginalized communities.
Sex work and human trafficking are not the same. Confusing the two harms those engaged in consensual sex work, who, like all of us, deserve a right to safety and security.
Anita Place has become Canada's longest-standing community-organized, public encampment in living memory
This vestige of the Harper government harms people affected by homelessness, sex workers, and those who use drugs. It must be abolished.
The mandatory victim fine surcharge is an unjust law threatening the health and safety of marginalized communities. Listen to our legal arguments as we challenge the law alongside our friends at Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP