Vancouver’s new progressive city council embodies an exciting opportunity

Originally posted on rabble.ca October 22, 2018

Over the decades, I’ve run in nine Vancouver civic elections, winning five. But, as a long time voter, this latest election on October 20 was one to remember.

Into the wee hours of the morning we waited doggedly for the last polls to come in — hanging out at the legendary Polynesian bar room in the basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Vancouver’s Eastside, desperate to see who would be mayor. [ read more…]

Roger Waters lifts the curtain

The piece was originally posted on rabble.ca – November 2 2017. 

So, every time the curtain falls

Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent­

A few mindful lyrics from Roger Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, draws us to be present and not absent from what happens around us. [ read more…]

2015 GRACE MACINNIS VISITING SCHOLAR lecture at SFU: Libby Davies “GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN PARLIAMENT

In 2015 Libby gave the Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture at Simon Fraser University.

See the video of the lecture here

The transcript was shared on the SFU Contours Journal – which you can read here.  It is also reproduced below. 

GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN PARLIAMENT

 I did not know Grace MacInnis personally but had a pivotal moment in my earlier years that was formative and very important to me. [ read more…]

SFU Lecture: Reflection of a life in politics

 

September 21, 2016, Presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Watch the video of Libby’s interview with Jackie Wong here

Libby Davies has a long and storied history working in East Vancouver politics and community organizing.

Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver began over forty years ago. [ read more…]

Marc Emery: An interview before U.S. prison

Reposted from rabble.ca – originally published May 24, 2010

Editor’s note: The following exclusive interview, recorded by rabble.ca, took place between Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, and Marc and Jodie Emery in January 2010 in Vancouver, days before his extradition was expected to take place. [ read more…]

Marking the 10th Anniversary of INSITE

It’s ironic, and typical, that as INSITE celebrates its 10th anniversary of successful operation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Conservative government in Ottawa is still railing against Safe Injection Sites and no doubt has Bill C-65 ready to go when Parliament returns October 16. [ read more…]

An Intern’s Reflections on the Power of Community

In December, I had the privilege of ending my internship placement with Libby by visiting her riding, Vancouver East. From delivering doughnuts to Vancouver’s postal workers at 6 a.m. to attending the release of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report, I accompanied Libby to a number of meetings with diverse communities. [ read more…]