The Pivot Blog

As the coldest days of the year approach, the City is striving to break apart a community of homeless people living at Anita Place tent city
Stigma disqualifies people and groups from social acceptance and social equity
There are very real and direct health, safety, and human rights implications that arise where services are not available or accessible to marginalized people.
The judgement cited Pivot's submissions arguing for the removal of this harmful provision
Businesses should not have the mandatory right to delay the provision of health services
Court conditions are setting people up for failure and blocking access to health care and support.
Police officers across the province are abusing their authority and endangering the lives of marginalized people through their actions.
An analysis of how stigma informs police violence and failures of the justice system and social services
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