VTU’s 2022 AGM on November 5 2022 – Reminder to Renew Your Membership

Bepra —

On Sunday, November 5th we are having our 2022 Annual General Meeting online.

Time TBD. Save the date: Google Calendar Link Here

Members will elect a new steering committee, pass money for expenses, and hear about the accomplishments of working groups and chapters since the last AGM in Sept 2021.

Your current Steering Committee is working on an agenda for the AGM, and we will send a more detailed email with everything you need including links for the virtual meeting and the full agenda closer to the date.

In the meantime, please read this important announcement:

Steering Committee Nominations

If any member wishes to run for steering committee, they can do so by filling out the nomination form and sending it to steering@vancouvertenantsunion.ca no later than October 29th.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM!

In Solidarity,

Vancouver Tenants Union
Steering Committee
http://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca/

2 comments

  1. REMINDER: Our online AGM is today at 2pm!

    Hi Bepra,

    A reminder that our online Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on today at 2:00pm!

    Our AGM is an important part of our tenant union’s democracy where we debrief on the previous year and set our sights for the struggles ahead as we elect a new steering committee.

    All the info you need to participate is below.

    Here is the zoom link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86599657146?pwd=cDBJcmVHdXI0Y1NGVENxcnpGSE9mUT09

    Or you can call in on your phone:
    Phone number: 778-907-2071
    Meeting ID: 865 9965 7146
    Passcode: 646314

    You can find all meeting reference documents by clicking here including:

    Steering Committee Nominee statements
    Live minutes taken during the meeting

    Proposed Agenda:

    We anticipate the meeting will be between 2 – 2.5 hours in length.

    Land Acknowledgement and Community Agreements
    Financial Report from Treasurer
    Steering Committee Report
    Working Group Reports

    [Short BREAK]

    Steering Committee Election
    Neighbourhood Chapter Reports
    Motion to purchase T-shirts
    Announcements

    Please reply to this email if you have any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there Bepra!

    In Solidarity,

    Vancouver Tenants Union
    Steering Committee
    http://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca/

  2. Hi Bepra —

    Join our three-part tenant organizer training this November!

    These peer-led workshops were developed by VTU's own Membership Organizing and Tenant Solidarity (MOATS) working group, adapted from structure-based labour organizing methods. 

    These sessions are running three weeks in a row and are open to any member:

    • Organizing 101: Thursday November 3rd at 7:30pm 
    • Organizing 102: Thursday, November 10th at 7:00pm
    • Organizing 103: Thursday, November 17th at 7:00pm

    RSVP on this page to receive the Zoom link for all three sessions. 

     

    Descriptions of each session below…


     Organizing 101: Talking to your Neighbours, Organizing your Building 
    (Run time is approximately 90 minutes)
    Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30pm

    Who is this for? 

    • People who want to start organizing their building or neighborhood

    This introductory workshop is designed to answer most questions that people have when starting to reach out to neighbours about a common issue or threat. As a tenant how do you start door-knocking and with who? What do you say? What materials do you need? We start with introducing the common phases of an organizing effort to help guide our actions. Real world organizing examples at a building, neighbourhood and city level help us to see what is possible when people work together.  Participants should leave this workshop with a better understanding of what it means to use an organizing approach to build tenant power and solve problems at the local level. They should also leave with the basic tools to be ready to doorknock, investigate issues with their neighbours and map their building.   


    Organizing 102: Building your Dream Team 
    (Run time is approximately 120 minutes)
    Thursday, November 10th at 7:00pm

    Who is this for? 

    • Organizers who are trying to find tenant leaders, or working with tenant leaders to win a building fight 
    • Chapter organizers who want to recruit people into their core 

    Once you have door-knocked through a few buildings you get a sense of how to approach people you don’t know and engage them in the issues that affect their lives.  However, door-knocking and building mapping are just the start to building tenant power.  To be able to build people’s confidence and keep them working together in the face of uncertainty and stress you’ll need to find leaders in the building who are capable of handling such a task.  The heart and soul of organizing begins when you start to ask people to take on leadership and responsibility during such uncertainty.  How do you find the people that have these kinds of qualities?  What do you say or not say to encourage their leadership? It sometimes takes a team of persistent and courageous people working together to win even the smallest of tenant victories and the skills and knowledge that you gain can help you when you take on larger campaigns.  Participants should leave this workshop with basic skills to identify leaders, have one on one organizing conversations with them and to start a building or neighbourhood committee to sustain tenant power.


    Organizing 103:  Building Majorities and Planning Campaigns to Win
    (Run time is approximately 120 minutes)
    Thursday, November 17th at 7:00pm

    Who is this for? 

    • Tenants who are working together to win a campaign in their building 
    • Chapter members who are trying to win a community campaign 
    • Members involved in cross-chapter campaigns

    A small group of committed people is essential for doing the work of organizing a building or a neighborhood.  But to have enough power to win against a landlord you must build to a majority of active support amongst tenants who live there.  How do you reach those that aren’t coming to your meetings?  Who will they listen to?  

    Using group scenarios, participants will have to work through many of the questions facing tenant organizers when they are in the thick of a campaign.  What issue do we base our campaign on?  How do we anticipate landlord backlash and plan for escalation?  How do we move this campaign towards winning what we want?   

    Organizers will get a sense of the challenge we face in supporting a majority of tenants in solidarity through escalating actions with their landlord.  Finally participants will watch excerpts from the inspiring documentary “ This is Parkdale” to see these ideas successfully put into action. 


    More than 50 members have participated in at least one workshop since we launched them earlier this year. As our union grows we aim to cultivate an organizing culture within our union where these skills and tactics are common knowledge. 

    Whether you're brushing up, or jumping in for the first time, we look forward to seeing you there!

    In solidarity,

    Vancouver Tenants Union
    MOATS Working Group
    http://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca/

     

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