Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


Half of my time at Pivot has already gone by and it has been interesting researching housing and violence issues, helping out with the Hope in Shadows Project, attending different kinds of Pivot events such as the Housing Forum, or doing just whatever comes up and needs to be done.

November 17, 2011 | By Paul Ryan

Since the Pivot Legal Society “Rights Cards” were first produced in July 2002 more than 45 organizations have ordered over 150,000 cards, in either English or French.

November 17, 2011 | By Paul Ryan

There is nothing that focuses the mind more quickly than being put on the spot. It happened to me about the top election issue this year: homelessness and affordable housing.

November 16, 2011 | By Scott Bernstein

Today we have an op-ed piece published in the Vancouver Sun online about the Occupy encampment at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the homeless people who have joined them. 

November 15, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

November 14, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Once you start to listen for it, it’s amazing how deeply that phrase, or at least the sentiment behind it, underlies “expert” interventions into the lives of marginalized people, especially marginalized women.  That's why I got excited when I learned that the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre’s Sexual Assault Service, Aboriginal Health, and Woman Abuse Response Program was hosting a conference confronting the way of thinking behind of policies and practices we put in place “for her own good.”

November 7, 2011 | By Katrina Pacey

I am at the airport on my way home from the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles. As I sit and wait to board my flight, I am reliving so many intriguing and exciting moments from the meeting, and feel full of ideas and revelations after three intense days with progressive leaders, law reformers, activists, academics, human rights advocates and visionaries. There was an incredible diversity of opinion and approach and lived experience among the panellists and participants.

November 4, 2011 | By Katrina Pacey

For the past decade, I have had the great fortune of working closely with sex workers in the DTES and across the country who are fighting for safety, equality, legal rights and social protections for women and men in the sex industry. When I first began campaigning on this issue, I thought that, as a lawyer, I could make a particular contribution to this movement by bringing test cases that would advance rights and protections for sex workers. I thought that by providing pro bono legal representation, a major access to justice hurdle was overcome.

Being a fall intern this year at Pivot I feel lucky to be able to participate in the whole cycle of the Hope in Shadows project. About a year ago when I started to think about applying for an internship with this fabulous organization, Hope in Shadows was definitely one of their projects that made me believe that Pivot does outstanding work. This is because it not only talks about doing social justice, but does so by engaging the marginalized people of our community.  

October 14, 2011 | By Paul Ryan
Ken Washburn sings at the exhibition opening. Photo: Davis Chan.

The beautiful calling of the aboriginal song by Ken Washburn was perfect for the cathedral-sized Pendulum Gallery space last night at the official opening of the Hope in Shadows exhibition.  However, the contrast could not have been greater. Here we were in the centre of the financial district of Vancouver in the foyer of a bank, opening an exhibition of photographs from the poorest community in Canada located only a kilometre to the east.