Poor Bashing media roundup

DNC website editor's note and warning:

    After our (partial) victory at city council on January 20th, some local media went on a poor bashing run. We believe this poor bashing is a direct result of our efforts to push back against the developer agenda in our neighbourhood. These journalists and, in some cases, editors, are frightened at the sight of working class people who are intelligently and effectively organizing in defense of their community. They have responded in these articles by attacking the very existence of poor people in the city. These articles generally claim that poor people have no legitimate claim over any neighbourhood (particularly not one with such high real estate values!) because we do not own land. These articles push a very old anti-poor argument that relies on an elitist belief that citizenship should only be afforded to property owners.

    We are collecting these articles here because the DTES community statement includes mention of hateful poor bashing in the media and calls on City Council to come out against it.

    We have to warn you before reading them that these articles are terrible, hateful, and stupid; if you are not terrible, hateful and stupid, these articles may make you very upset. At the bottom we include some responses written by residents of the DTES and allies.

 
The Downtown Eastside Needs to be Destroyed
Ethan Baron, The Province (January 21, 2011)

Downtown Eastside shouldn't be ghetto for poor
Ethan Baron, The Province (January 21, 2011)

Deal with Concord Pacific an affordable housing opportunity
Bob Ransford, Vancouver Sun (January 22, 2011)

City of Vancouver tries to counter growing resistance to development
Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight (January 26, 2011)

Giving a lift to the Downtown Eastside: Build taller buildings
Vancouver Sun editorial (January 27, 2011)

Red Tape keeps DTES Status Quo
Mike Klassen, 24Hours Newspaper (January 27, 2011)

Response to Ethan Baron
Jean Swanson, January 27, 2011

Response to Ethan Baron
Jean Swanson, Carnegie Community Action Project, January 28, 2011

Response to Ethan Baron
Jim Baxter, January 28, 2011

Response to Ethan Baron
Rand Chattergee, January 27, 2011

Response to Ethan Baron
Gudrun Langolf, January 27, 2011

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