Passion for Justice 2019

Passion for Justice is a celebration of our collective work towards a world free from poverty and systemic social exclusion. As our annual fundraiser, all the funds raised at #PFJ19 will go to the Pivot Foundation, our charitable partner, to support our ongoing work to fight for laws, policies, and practices that affirm the dignity and human rights of people experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs, and sex workers, as well as support our ongoing police accountability work.

This event, as well as the majority of Pivot’s work, takes place on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We are grateful to Indigenous peoples for their continuous relationship with their lands and are committed to learning to work in solidarity as accomplices in shifting the colonial default. 

We are joined this year by powerful local cultural creators, community builders and activists! 


*There are a limited number of reduced-price tickets available for $20. Community members who require reduced-price tickets in order to attend, please feel free to use the promo code “PivotCommunity”.

RSVP here to the Facebook event for updates leading up to the event.


Territorial Welcome by T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss

Performance by JB the first Lady
Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn’t afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered indigenous women.

DJ set by Samira Warsame
Samira Warsame aka DJ Zam Zam is a queer Somali-Canadian singer/songwriter, DJ and event producer working from Coast Salish territories. She co-founded NuZi Collective in 2017— a project that holds space and provides a platform for Black and Indigenous, Trans and Queer Women of colour. Warsame aims to normalize the appearance and sound of queer rap and hip-hop in Vancouver, specifically in the underground electronic music scene.

Hosted by Khari Wendell McClelland
Khari was born and raised in Detroit and currently resides in Vancouver, BC. It was in the Pacific Northwest where he began his journey learning from and working with internationally renowned facilitators and artists. His passion for being of service to communities is clear, both in his musical life and in his facilitation work. Khari balances his time each year performing and working with communities as a facilitator. He has worked throughout North America, Europe, Africa, The Caribbean and Australia.

Catering by Salishan Catering

Event Photographed by Kayla Isomura

Access to Justice Award 2019

This year's Access to Justice Award will be presented to a community group that has contributed a great deal to access to justice through their work on the frontlines fighting for the health, safety, and dignity of people impacted by systemic inequality and social exclusion. We are proud to present this year's award to Vancouver Sex Workers Rights Collective for their work before the National Inquiry into the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.


7:00 PM: Doors Open
7:45 PM: Territorial Welcome- T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss
Event Host - Khari Wendell McClelland
8:15 PM: Pivot Presentation
8:30 PM: Access to Justice Award
8:45 PM: Feature Performance- JB The First Lady
10 PM: DJ Set - DJ Zam Zam

Silent Auction 

Silent auction items will be available for bidding at 6:45pm. Stay tuned for more prizes!


The WISE Hall is wheelchair accessible through their rear door. We’ll have volunteers available to help folks as needed. The washrooms will be gender neutral with one being wheelchair accessible. We're happy to provide more information if you have any questions or require any further specifications on accessibility.

November 22, 2019 at 7:00pm - November 23, 2019
1882 Adanac St
Vancouver, BC V5L 2E2
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Kristin Cheung ·