Press release: After nearly 40 days, a 24-hour volunteer-run vigil at Meagher Park in Halifax is coming to an end.
In the morning,
the police came;
although we were outside
rent was due
A stunning poem about the violent evictions of unhoused people by Halifax police on August 18.
Some 200 people gathered in front of Halifax City Hall this morning to demand a moratorium on the evictions of unhoused people all across urban HRM.
The brutal evictions of unhoused people initiated by Halifax police on August 18 are slowly disappearing from the headlines, and from the general public’s minds. Thankfully, the push back continues.
Judy Haiven on the hot mess that came about after the city decided to evict unhoused people from their modest shelters on August 18.
Last week Councillor Lindell Smith, the current chair of the Board of Police Commissioners, told the Chronicle Herald that the Board can do very little about the horrible evictions of unhoused people by Halifax police on August 18. Thankfully, Smith is wrong.
Martyn Williams: “By initiating violence against a protesting but unprotected crowd in a public area, police did not acknowledge their responsibility to ensure events didn’t escalate harmfully in a way that ultimately endangered everyone in this central pedestrian area including children, seniors and people with disabilities.”
Media release: P.A.D.S. Community Network is a group of unhoused people, community members, and volunteers sharing space at Chebucto and Dublin Streets (at the space formerly known as Meagher Park now renamed People’s Park).
Equity Watch: The most violent police conduct occurred in the front yard of the former (now empty) Halifax public library on Spring Garden Road. The library, which has been vacant for more than five years, could be home to scores of Haligonians without homes.
PSA: As an agency providing housing and support to those involved in the justice system—we are troubled by a response to homelessness that employed punitive strategies which were harmful and traumatizing.