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February 22, 2012 Media Analysis

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February 17, 2012 Gender

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February 6, 2012 Accounts

Homelessness and Police Brutality

A dispatch from the In our Own Voices writing project

Run on the Banks in Vancouver


VANCOUVER-On Saturday, October 24, the people at Occupy Vancouver moved from the eternal process of the general assembly to the exciting world of direct action.

The "Run on the Banks" action marks an escalation on an occupation that's been busy building infrastructure. This was not an official Occupy Vancouver action but an offshoot, as stated on occupy Vancouver's twitter account.

About a thousand trouble makers made their way through the streets of Downtown Vancouver with the intention to occupy corporate banks and encourage folks to close their accounts.

And that they did. This Royal Bank of Canada was the first target, with about 50 people jamming the lobby while some withdraw their cash.

At the Bank of Montreal people shut down their account and moved to other options.

But the cherry on top was the Occupation of TD, or Toronto Dominion Bank, right next to the Occupy Vancouver camp at the Art Gallery. A home stereo was cranked to the max and the people rocked out on top of teller desks and furniture.

An idea was floated around to continue occupying through the night, but the group could not reach consensus, and the process ultimately disrupted the party.

The police quietly moved in and occupied the spots where tellers once stood to protect their corporate masters. Finally the group decided to move out en-masse and avoid arrest.

This piece was originally produced for the Vancouver Media Co-op. Franklin López is a Vancouver based filmmaker and creator of Submedia.tv.

October 24, 2011 Oct 24 by Franklin López
September 11, 2011 Ideas

The Intergenerational Impact of Child Apprehension

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September 4, 2011 Ideas

My Story of Domestic Violence and Child Apprehension

A dispatch from the In our Own Voices writing project

August 29, 2011 Canadian News

Brakes On

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August 10, 2011 Canadian News

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July 4, 2011 Ideas

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May 18, 2011 Accounts

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February 23, 2011 Original Peoples

Sinixt in Vancouver Courts

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February 21, 2011 Features

Grounds for Disruption

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February 14, 2011 Original Peoples

Revolving Door

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February 4, 2011 Gender

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November 22, 2010 Business

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Vancouver Stands Against Child Apprehensions

On Tuesday August 3rd, dozens of Vancouverites, led by the DTES Power of Women Group, held a protest outside the office of the Ministry of Child and Family Development. Members of the Vancouver Media Co-op filed this report.

Camera: Juliet Belmas, Susan Neeves.

Editing: Dawn Paley.

August 9, 2010 Aug 9 by Vancouver Media Co-op
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The Dominion is a monthly paper published by an incipient network of independent journalists in Canada. It aims to provide accurate, critical coverage that is accountable to its readers and the subjects it tackles. Taking its name from Canada's official status as both a colony and a colonial force, the Dominion examines politics, culture and daily life with a view to understanding the exercise of power.

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