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Rally to Stop the War on the Unhoused: Dignity now!
September 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
RALLY THIS SATURDAY! 11am—City Hall
•To protest the city’s apathy-based approach to houselessness
•To demand that the unhoused be treated with dignity
•To call for a moratorium on evictions of those living in tents & crisis shelters
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This Saturday marks one month since the brutal evictions against unhoused people living in Halifax Municipal parks. Since that time, this city’s unhoused residents have lived in fear and constant anxiety of having nowhere to go to safely shelter: the shelters are full, tents & crisis shelters are criminalized, and hotel rooms are unavailable and in many cases, inappropriate and unreliable.
Peoples Park was created out of the need for a safe space to shelter, and is a compassionate response to the crisis that the city created with these evictions. Since our founding on August 18, we have grown to over 20 residents as the city continues to criminalize the survival strategies of its unhoused residents. Further, the careless manner in which the city promised and managed hotel rooms as an interim solution has only exacerbated trauma and distrust.
We are demanding a moratorium on evictions from municipal properties, as existed prior to the Aug 18 evictions. We need an apology from the city and a promise to do better, to start to repair the harm caused by the indignity with which unhoused people have been treated. And we need all levels of government and social services to work towards finding appropriate interim solutions to the houseless crisis, as well as long term options such as supportive housing and truly affordable housing.