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In Solidarity with Defund Hamilton Police Services and the calls for permanent housing

Members of the School of Social Work community have signed a statement that supports the calls for permanent, affordable, and supportive housing for those experiencing houselessness in Hamilton and stands in solidarity with the advocacy work of the Defund Hamilton Police Services (HPS) coalition.

Jan 04, 2021

Local organizers have assembled in recent months to call attention to the housing crisis in Hamilton through demonstrations, protests, and ongoing advocacy efforts. The Defund Hamilton Police Services (HPS) coalition occupied City Hall for two weeks to demand a divestment from policing and an intentional investment in community-based, non-punitive solutions to the housing crisis, including the decriminalization of poverty and houselessness and dedication to imagining and building permanent and supportive housing. Their demonstrations and advocacy work have been met with ticketing, arrests, and public vilification by members of City Council.

To add your name to the solidarity statement signed by members of the School community, please email Maddie Brockbank: brockbam@mcmaster.ca. Feel free to address any questions or concerns to Chris Sinding (sinding@mcmaster.ca), Ameil Joseph, Jennie Vengris, and/or Maddie Brockbank.

  • Academics and researchers (including graduate students) are also invited to sign an open letter to show support for organizers and to call on Hamilton’s local representatives to commit to tangible, meaningful action. Please email Maddie Brockbank: brockbam@mcmaster.ca to add your name, and feel free to circulate this open letter widely.

Questions?
Maddie Brockbank (brockbam@mcmaster.ca)
Jennie Vengris (vengris@mcmaster.ca)
Ameil Joseph (ameilj@mcmaster.ca)