USA

07/05/22
Author: 
Melody Jacobson
The Rent Strike Bargain campaign aims to organize tenants' groups in B.C. cities with large corporate landlords. (Rent Strike Bargain Collective)

May 1, 2022

Vancouver Tenants Union lobbies government for right to represent renters

A recent victory for tenants in San Francisco is bolstering the organizers of a would-be union for tenants in B.C. seeking to mobilize renters looking for protection from unreasonable rates and conditions.

03/05/22
Author: 
Julia Conley
Childcare worker Debbie James-Dean sits with children at a Kids Are Us Learning Center in Southeast Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2017. In New Mexico, families earning up to $111,000 per year are now eligible for a pilot program providing free child care. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

May 2, 2022

"We need federal dollars to make this happen everywhere in this country," said one advocate.

With millions of parents across the U.S. forced to leave the workforce due to an inability to find affordable child care during the coronavirus pandemic, families making up to $111,000 per year in New Mexico are set to benefit from a pilot program that went into effect May 1 waiving all child care payments for more than a year.

01/05/22
Author: 
Matt Leighninger, Resilience
graphic of people connected

This article focuses on the U.S., but the ideas could be applied in Canada. A broad, democratic mobilization for a Red-Green New Deal would dovetail with this concept nicely.

          -- Gene McGuckin

Apr. 28, 2022

01/05/22
Author: 
Robert R. Raymond
Sutter Health nurses and health care workers hold signs as they participate in a one day strike outside of the California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus on April 18, 2022, in San Francisco, California. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES

People in Los Angeles are launching a “municipalist movement” on May 1 with the aim of democratizing U.S. cities.

Apr. 30, 2022

s we continue to watch federal and state governments fail us on issue after issue — from climate change to voting rights to even the most basic of human rights, such as the right to an abortion — a growing movement of change-makers are beginning to look closer to home for ways to exercise political agency and to reshape their world.

28/04/22
Author: 
the Early Edition - CBC
Vancouver Tenants Union

Apr. 27, 2022

Vancouver Tenants Union's Ben Ger speaks with Stephen Quinn about how a big court battle win for American renters could spark new negotiation rules for landlords and tenants here in Vancouver.

18/04/22
Author: 
Jordan House and Paul Christopher Gray
ALU

Apr. 18, 2022

18/04/22
Author: 
Dan Darrah
One of the main barriers to fixing the housing market is the fact that, for many people, ownership of property is the only insurance against destitution. (Getty Images)

Apr. 17, 2022

Homeownership is out of reach for millions in Canada and the US. One well-meaning response to this crisis has been to call for more affordable housing. But we should be demanding more social housing instead.

wnership affordability.” This is the conceptual lodestar for the stories we tell ourselves about the housing crisis at the family dinner table, in news media, and in legislatures. The noble losers in this tale are the people who did all the right things — those would-be homeowners born at the wrong time.

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