_ The Democratic Socialists of Vancouver (DSoV) are launching a
pre-election platform process ahead of this year’s municipal
, Vancouver for All
As rents continue to spiral out of control amidst multiple
intersecting societal crises, is Vancouver ready for a political
revolution? Some local socialist organizers think so, and they’re
making plans to elect some of their own to City Hall.
Taking a page from Barcelona in Common, the insurgent left platform
that elected and then re-elected feminist mayor Ada Colau, the
Democratic Socialists of Vancouver (DSoV) are launching a pre-election
platform process ahead of this year’s municipal elections.
“Vancouver For All [[link removed]]” is a grassroots,
participatory platform aiming to build community power ahead of the
municipal election taking place in October 2022.
The ten-point platform
[[link removed]] (see below)
calls for defunding the VPD and reallocating budget money to mental
health, housing and community-safety initiatives. The platform
includes a call for a massive build out of social housing, free and
expanded public transit, and a number of other demands addressing
issues faced by residents of Vancouver today.
The platform process is open to all who agree with the goals and want
to participate. The DSoV is hoping to identify 10,000 supporters of
these ten key points, and to work with grassroots organizers to
develop more detailed policy proposals. Although an article in the
described this new initiative as in competition with other left of
centre municipal parties in Vancouver, the DSoV is extending an
invitation to other parties and candidates to participate in the
“Vancouver for All is an initiative of the Democratic Socialists of
Vancouver, but open to all who agree with our goals and want to
participate including candidates and members of other municipal
parties. We will be hosting listening circles and organizing across
the city to build community power.”
The platform launch was last Saturday
(January 15), an online event featuring guest speakers including
Gabrielle Peters and Vince Tao as well as the first of many listening
circles where guests will be invited to speak.
To win a Vancouver For All, we need:
* HOMES FOR PEOPLE, not for money and speculation.
* TAXES ON THE RICH, not new user fees on working and poor people.
* ZONING FOR COOPS, SOCIAL HOUSING, AND OTHER FORMS OF TRULY
NON-PROFIT HOUSING, not for mansions and luxury condos.
* PROTECTIONS FOR RENTERS INCLUDING VACANCY CONTROL, not handouts
for developers and landlords.
* REAL CLIMATE ACTION LIKE FREE TRANSIT, not greenwashing for the
* MONEY FOR SAFE SUPPLY, MENTAL HEALTHCARE, AND COMMUNITY-LED
SAFETY, not bloated police budgets. Defund the VPD and reallocate the
* MORE PUBLIC SPACES, RECREATION FACILITIES, AND ARTS VENUES, not
* LAND BACK TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, not selloffs for profiteering and
* PRIORITIZE THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH A DISABILITY, BIPOC,
LGBTQ+ AND ALL MARGINALIZED PEOPLE, not the status quo of the
* ALL HANDS ON DECK TO FIGHT COVID AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH
EMERGENCIES, not deferring to other levels of government. •