Powell Street Grounds, Sunday 18 June 1938
Following the brutal eviction of unemployed protesters from the post office, about ten thousand people came out to the Powell Street Grounds (now Oppenheimer Park) to protest police brutality.
The unemployed “sit-downers” had been occupying the post office for a month to protest the closure of relief projects that had been sustaining them since the federal relief camps were closed in 1936.The sit-downers were driven out with tear gas and then forced through a gauntlet of club-wielding police, resulting in numerous injuries and hospitalizations in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” The unemployed responded by marching down Hastings Street smashing store windows.
The eviction took place at 5:30 am in order to limit the chances of media or supporters arriving on the scene. Nevertheless, a Province photographer made it to the scene and later had some of his photos featured in Life Magazine.
Source: BC Archives #C-07965
heh. can’t help but notice the lib’s vertical red/black background resembles the flag of the newly created Haitian state in 1804 —following the success of the only slave rebellion in world history resulting in an independent nation— the same year Jean-Jacques Dessalines banned white people from owning land.
My thoughts keep returning to the burdens that come with the prevalent messages of self-love and self-care, and the transformative powers of self-hate and self-neglect