Why NOT in My Backyard? How can we build solidarity movements in our neighborhoods?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
It isn’t everyone who gets a say in how cities develop. As wealth enters neighborhoods, so does a Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) narratives that can sometimes hinder the existence of needed health and social services. This public conversation looks at how we can create communities that belong to all. What is the role of harm-reduction strategies in ensuring that vulnerable populations are integrated into their communities? Should the concerns of the wealthy be allowed to predominate in urban planning?
Jessica Quijano is the coordinator for the Iskweu project an initiative for the Native Women’s shelter. Iskweu aims at eradicating the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. She has been working on the frontlines for the last 15 years and a activist for 20 years in the feminist movement.
Fred Burrill is a community organizer against gentrification and for the right to housing in Saint-Henri. He is also working on a PhD about deindustrialization and urban change.
Liz is a Street Worker. Streetwork is the practice of supporting at risk communities through regular presence in the spaces they inhabit in order to build trusting relationships that can be relied upon in times of need. Street Work is part of a Harm Reductive approach to health. She works at Head and Hands - a youth health focused organization in NDG.
Accessibility: There is an access ramp at the entrance. There are gender-neutral washrooms in proximity to the room where the conversation will be held.
3465 Benny Ave