It is time to start blogging about the Olympics. To start, I will confess that I voted 'yes' for the Olympic bid referendum in 2003. This was prior to really getting politically involved/ educated and like many other Vancouverites, I honestly just thought it would be kickass to get the Olympics in Vancouver. Click here to read more about the bid history.
But as we are nearing the games and it is becoming extremely apparent that cost overuns, gentrification and heavily policing are infringing on the most vulnerable people in the city- it's time to take the blog out and record what will be a real defining point in Vancouver's history.
The Megaphone, a street-news team, has linked up with Pins+Needs, a very cool non-profit that makes buttons for good causes. This team seems to get it- we want to celebrate and do the best we can during this inevitable event, but we also don't want to be blinded by the party and forget our politics or the consequences of Vancouver 2010. So, for a start, I would like you to support the Megaphone through Pins+Needs.
All of the profits from the limited-edition pin will go to Megaphone, a non-profit magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. Megaphone's mandate is to provide economic opportunities for the Downtown Eastside's most maginalized residents, while serving as a forum for issues that affect all Vancouverites.RECOMMEND this Post on Progressive Bloggers CLICK HERE!
"I was torn when Vancouver won the Olympic bid," says Bercovitch. "I love the Olympics. I love supporting our athletes. But I couldn't turn a blind eye to the impact the Olympics have had on the Downtwon Eastside, which is often called Canada's poorest postal code. I felt in my gut that we could turn this international event into an opportunity to help those who have the greatest needs."
"With Pins+Needs Canadians can show the world that we are proud of Canada, but also that we care about all our citizens," she says.
The True Patriot Love Pin is available for a $1 donation. The five designs are available through select independent retailers and at PinsandNeeds.com until March 21.