I am so excited to share information about my book: A Political Memoir
Outside In to be published in early May 2019 by Between The Lines, Toronto.
You can pre-order the book from Amazon or from your favourite local independent bookstore.
Here is what people are saying about “Outside In”
In a time of peak cynicism about the political class, Libby has always been the exception. For decades, she has been a human bridge between the passions of activism and the pragmatism of the electoral sphere. It is no surprise then, that this book is quintessential Libby: principled and brave, full of energy and generosity. Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything
Libby Davies has spent her whole adult life pushing, cajoling, and persuading on behalf of those without power. Always with compassion and never with malice she went from Downtown Eastside Vancouver activist to be deputy leader of the NDP. This is a great story of a fearless woman. Ed Broadbent, former leader of the federal New Democratic Party
Outside In tells the incredible story of how Libby Davies burst into the halls of power and held the doors open for others. Along the way she introduces all the people she credits with making her journey possible. It is a generous, hopeful, and deeply personal book – I couldn’t put it down. Kennedy Stewart, Mayor, City of Vancouver
In these pages Libby Davies documents her life in the Downtown Eastside from its earliest days: working largely as a volunteer, fighting for the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the poor, the forgotten, and the discarded souls she always recognized and respected as neighbours and comrades. Davies writes as a true storyteller about her time in the trenches of the political left. I wish I could vote for Libby to be our next Prime Minister, but I can’t, so I will just encourage anyone who cares about our democratic system, or about changing the world from the outside in, to please read this book. Ivan Coyote, writer, storyteller, and author of Tomboy Survival Guide
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Libby Davies has been a social activist for 40 plus years and began as a community organizer in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1972. She was elected to Vancouver City Council for 5 consecutive terms, 1982-1993. As the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East for six consecutive terms, 1997-2015, she became NDP House Leader, (2003-2011) and Deputy Leader (2007-2015). Libby has been an outspoken advocate for human rights, housing, peace, and social justice throughout her political life. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2016, and invested to the Order in May 2018, and received the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award in November 2018. Libby was appointed to the board of governors of Vancouver Community College in 2018. She is also a board member of the Portland Hotel Society. Her first book, “Outside In”, is scheduled for publication May 2019 with Between The Lines, Toronto.
Libby was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East in 1997. She was re-elected in November 2000, June 2004, January 2006, October 2008, and most recently in May 2011. Libby was also the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Health and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Health from May 2011 until January 2015. She was Deputy Leader of the federal NDP from 2007-2015. Libby also served as the NDP House Leader from 2003 to March 2011. After serving 6 terms, and 18 years, as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, Libby did not run in the 2015 general federal election.
Libby was co-Chair of the HIV/AID Tuberculosis Caucus, an all-party parliamentary caucus which involves parliamentarians in national and international efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and improve the lives of those living with these diseases. She has been engaged in global parliamentary efforts around health and HIV/AIDS, serving as the Chair of Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal and Child Health.
Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver began over 35 years ago. She and her late partner, Bruce Eriksen, were key figures in the formation of the Downtown Eastside Residents’ Association (DERA) in 1973. In 10 years of community organizing, Libby developed her strong grassroots approach to working with people and diverse communities. In 1982, Libby was elected to Vancouver City Council and served 5 consecutive terms. She became involved in every community issue; from protecting community services to developing affordable housing, fighting for parks and working for the elimination of poverty. From 1994 to 1997, Libby worked with the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) serving in the role of Ombudsperson for Human Rights, Complaints Investigator, and Coordinator of Human Resources. Since being elected as a Member of Parliament, Libby has provided a strong voice for Vancouver East.
She consistently raised issues of concern to her constituents in Parliament, including: community safety; adequate childcare; and post-secondary education. Libby has also been a tireless advocate in Parliament for a national housing program, and has successfully forced federal governments to address this basic human right. Libby’s community office has helped hundreds of residents with federal government matters such as immigration, student loans, employment insurance, taxation, pensions, and Aboriginal affairs.
Libby has been an outspoken advocate for drug policy reforms to stop the criminalization of drug users and the harm caused by Canada’s prohibitionist policies. She has received awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Capital Xtra’s Community Achievement Award for Political Activist of the Year; the YMCA Peace Medal Award; and the Vancouver and District Labour Council’s Syd Thompson Award. Libby received the Justice Gerald LeDain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law, for her work on drug policy reform from the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Visionary Award from Jer’s Vision. In 2015, she was awarded the Canadian Public Health Association National Public Hero Award, and in 2017, Libby was awarded the Aids Vancouver Red Ribbon award. Libby was named to the Order of Canada in 2016, and invested to the Order in May 2018.
Born in 1953 in England, Libby came to Canada in 1968. She moved to Vancouver in 1969 and has one son, Lief Eriksen. She lives with her partner Kim Elliott.