Victoria Crowd is passionate about engaging with people across our city and letting them know that they are not alone in feeling the squeeze! We started out with a Launch event in February 2015. Over the summer, we have been doing a variety of bright booths and handing out Free lemonade. It has been really well received by the public. We like to be creative and have fun at our events. Who says that organizing needs to be boring?!?
How often do you meet?
Our monthly crowd organizing meetings are the currently the second Tuesday of the month from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm. We aim to have an event per month for our core organizing team to develop.
Our crowd has decided to focus on engaging with young families who are feeling squeezed by childcare, housing and paying off student debt. Moving into the election, we are hoping to partner with local groups who are hosting debates and offer them some Generation Squeeze questions. We are also looking at calling up individual candidates in our ridings and asking them to consider our concerns.
Why are we organizing in Victoria?
By Kevin Amell
STOP. Before you scroll down, before you read another word, stop and feel your life around you.
It is likely you are feeling a squeeze. The squeeze may be the fact that your mortgage payment is due in a few days and once again you will need to do some “juggling”. Or maybe it is one thirty a.m. and this is the first chance you have had to catch up with your email. Perhaps you have just spent another day away from your children, working for the right to have someone else care for them.
The squeeze means something different to each of us. But it is a serious problem for all of us. Never before in Canada’s history have so many worked so hard for the benefit of so few. The inequity between generations and between classes reflects a condition which we have all helped to create. Make no mistake, we are not oppressed, nor are we helpless. But when generations work against each other, everyone loses.
Our generation, the one which is now embarking on the adventures of adult life, is the most educated, the hardest working and the most inventive in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, these qualities have allowed us to adapt repeatedly while our position in the economy has been systematically chipped away. A young couple should not have to choose between having children OR a home to raise them in.
The research is unequivocal. The numbers do not lie. It is time to put our minds and our hearts (and our votes) to work for what really matters: a fair system which supports all generations together.
Want to get involved locally?
Come out to one of our monthly meetings or email Ashleigh (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on our crowd email list.