1 Day Left – Protect the heart of Chinatown!

ma-tai-bevTake action before it’s too late!

You have 1 day left before Vancouver city staff’s comment deadline on 105 Keefer. Send in your comments by clicking on the link below by Monday, February 27th:

Click here to submit your comments to city staff on the rezoning application of 105 Keefer Street

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介紹新關注組社區組織者:何盈欣! Introducing CCG’s new staff community organizer: 何盈欣 Beverly Ho!

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(English below)

大家好!我叫何盈欣,我跟唐人街關注組工作非常感謝!我當義工參加了關注組一年左右,而跟別的社區小組組織 (華埠行動小組及青年長者合作組)。我今年跟關注組成員過得很快樂,結識了新朋友,爲了保護唐人街的低收入生意及居民。我知道這一份工作不容易,但是我很興奮跟關注住一起奮鬥,壯大力量!

Hi everyone! My name is 何盈欣 Beverly Ho, and I’m so honored and happy to be on staff with the 唐人街關注組 Chinatown Concern Group! I’ve been involved with the group for around a year now, as well as with 青年長者合作組 Youth for Chinese Seniors and 華埠行動小組Chinatown Action Group. Getting to know CCG has been amazing; their superstar personalities, struggles, values, and victories! I know it’ll be challenging and hard work, but I’m excited to be learning and growing and fighting with Concern Group and CCAP!

“How Asian-American Radicals Brought ‘Yellow Power’ To Chinatown”

Oct. 19, 2016 – Gothamist

In October 1966—50 years ago—Chinese leader Mao Zedong appeared on Tiananmen Square in Beijing to address an audience of 1.5 million Red Guards, the paramilitary youth he had called upon to tear down the Communist Party hierarchy. “Long live the Red Guards!” he shouted, to roars of approval. “Long live the great Cultural Revolution!”

That spring, Mao first called for a “Cultural Revolution,” urging the working class to “struggle against and crush those persons in authority who are taking the capitalist road” and “criticize and repudiate…the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes.”

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“Jenny Kwan and Chinatown groups appeal to three levels of government to purchase site next to Chinese Workers Memorial to Build Affordable Housing” (Translated)

Sept. 1, 2016 – Translated from 明報 Ming Pao (thanks to Youth Collaborative for Chinatown volunteers!!)

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Chinese Member of Parliament Jenny Kwan and several new and old Chinatown organizations have gathered together to vocalize an appeal for three levels of government to work together to purchase a site directly adjacent to a Chinese Workers Memorial statue that commemorates early Chinese immigrants, workers, and veterans in Chinatown. They suggest that the site be used to develop social housing and community facilities.

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“Chinatown site planned for high-rise development, Chinatown groups appeal to government to purchase the land” (Translated)

Sept. 1, 2016 – Translated from 星島日報 Sing Tao Daily (thanks to Youth Collaborative for Chinatown volunteers!!)

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There have been many heated discussions over the possible redevelopment that is planned for the site of 105 Keefer Street, adjacent to the Chinatown Workers Memorial. This has led Vancouver East MP, Jenny Kwan from NDP, to hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Memorial statue in Chinatown along with representatives of many other Chinese organizations such as the Chinese Benevolent Association, Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations, Chinatown Concern Group, and the Chinese Canadian Military veterans. They oppose the purely commercial redevelopment plans that have been proposed in the heart of Chinatown. The purpose of this press conference was also to ask all three levels of government to purchase this site in order to build more housing for seniors, as well as create more community facilities.

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招聘啟事: 華人社區組織者 | Job Posting: Chinese Community Organizer

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加麗基社區行動計劃誠聘一名雙語(英文及廣東話)的華人社區組織者來與唐人街關注組成員共同努力去建立一個以低收入勞工階層社群為中心的華埠社區。這包括培訓勞工階層社區成員的領導能力在他們的社區為反對貴族化和爭取可負擔房屋而戰。
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is hiring a bilingual Chinese community organizer to work with Chinatown Concern Group (CCG) members to build towards a Chinatown that centres on its low-income working-class community. This includes building the leadership of working-class community members in the fight for their neighbourhood, against gentrification and for affordable housing.

這是每週三天的職位,為期至少兩年,時薪$23。This is a three day per week position ($23/hr) for at least 2 years.

詳情請看這裏。 See here for full details.

“Another Chinatown building sold at high price” (Translated)

Aug. 21, 2016 – Translated from 明報 Ming Pao

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Another Chinatown building sold at high price

 Concern group worries gentrification could lead to loss of traditional storefronts

 Ming Pao A8 August 21, 2016

 The worry about gentrification and the loss of more Chinese storefronts is being raised once again following the sale of a street corner building in Chinatown that could be demolished and rebuilt as a nine or even 12-storey tower.

 Despite repeated fights and ongoing calls for more affordable housing and saving more low-rent storefronts in Chinatown, the situation has been getting worse  and Chinatown is becoming less and less affordable particularly for those low-income Chinese seniors, according to Wai-on [Leung] of the Chinatown Concern Group.

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“City of Oakland Sues Landlord For Conditions At Chinatown Tenement”

July, 1, 2016 – Aol.On (Video)

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Dozens of Oakland apartment tenants forced to share a few toilets and a single kitchen claim their landlord created the squalid conditions to force them out. Now the city is suing. Da Lin reports

“Over 50 Chinatown community members walked out of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s fifth and final public meeting on the sale and redevelopment of Parcels 25 and 26”

July, 1, 2016 – Sampan

By the Chinese Progressive Association and the Asian Community Development Corporation

Yesterday evening starting at 6pm, MassDOT, along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, held its fifth and final public meeting at the State Transportation building, where it unveiled the final guidelines and Invitation to Bid on Parcels 25 and 26. The Chinatown community has dedicated countless hours attending all five meetings and submitting oral and written comments during and after each meeting. The Chinatown community has patiently followed along with MassDOT’s public process, repeating the community’s needs time and time again. MassDOT has failed to respond in good faith and as a result the Chinatown community felt it had exhausted its options and was compelled to walk out en masse.

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