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For everyone who relies on public space, the daily practice of Street Sweeps perpetuates a cycle of displacement that diminishes the dignity, safety, and well-being of people. The negative impacts of Street Sweeps on low-income and street-involved communities in Vancouver have been widely-documented as a harmful practice.
During Homelessness Action Week 2021, a Street Sweep counter-patrol was formed to research, document, and analyze the impact of Street Sweeps in the Downtown Eastside. For five consecutive days, this counter-patrol tracked the work of City Engineering Workers and Vancouver Police Department officers in a small radius within the Downtown Eastside.
Using the law as a catalyst for positive social change, Pivot Legal Society works to improve the lives of marginalized communities.