Making Poverty Visible at the VPL

Posted on

“We want to make our experience visible to people who haven’t lived our lives.”

IMG_1400Last year, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition set out on a road-trip around the province hosting community workshops on poverty and what we can collectively do about it. At the Vancouver Public Library from February 29th to March 13th, the BCPRC and Raise the Rates are displaying “poverty flags,” made by community members throughout BC from Prince Rupert to Cranbrook, to show what poverty looks like in local communities and our shared hopes for a better BC. Whether it’s a family in Richmond choosing between food and toilet paper or a little girl growing up in Nelson with mushrooms in her bedroom because of a leaking roof, all these local stories are connected by the need for a BC poverty reduction plan to tackle the root causes of poverty.

The exhibit launched on Monday, February 29 at 12 noon with local story-tellers with experience of poverty. Then, on March 6th, members of the Poverty Free Action Team hosted a table where members of the public of all ages could add their flags to the chain. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Do you want to make your flag? The Action Team will be back at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on March 12th and 13th between 12-4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!