Making political change in the Downtown Eastside

A step by step guide to making political change: Former MP Libby Davies

“The Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In a time when many have felt hopeless, Libby Davies is anything but.

The former MP of Vancouver East of 18 years told The PULSE that she believes every group, no matter how marginalized, can “absolutely” make change.

“People know what needs to be done. The hard part is knowing how to do it,” says Davies, in the podcast above.

She points to many wins for the neighborhood during her decades as an elected representative, including the successful opening of Insite, North America’s first supervised drug injection site.

Davies said that a tip she would offer advocates is to persevere.

Political change is an inherently slow process, said Davies, but a concerted effort over time will yield change.

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Top photo credit: Downtown Eastside by GoToVan via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)