Hello Cool World joined an estimated 4,000 people who gathered on the afternoon of Sunday, February 14, for the 19 Annual Women’s Memorial March. The yearly gathering serves as a reminder that violence against women is persistent in our neighborhoods, provinces and country. Led by the families of missing women, we gathered at the Carnegie center and slowly walked through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (or as locals refer to it, the DTES) through to Gastown, watching supporters wave from apartments above.
Due to the Olympics there was a larger crowd than years before. With the world watching it’s a great opportunity to spread awareness about violence against women, especially Aboriginal women.By performing sacred cleansing ceremonies and placing flowers at spots in the DTES, the march honored and remembered the lives of missing women while also bringing attention to the lack of police investigation. Other than the prosecution of serial killer Robert Pickton, there has been little movement of the Vancouver Police Department to make any arrests or attempts to protect the community.
After a weekend of the media negatively covering protests, it was fantastic to see a supportive and respectful crowd full of familiar faces and many of our friends.
Hailing from the mountain town of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lizzy enjoys picnics, reading on a lazy Sunday morning and adventurous bike rides. After learning about books at the University of Toronto she now calls Vancouver home. She joined Hello Cool World as a member of the LACE campaign action team, and luckily for us, decided to stick around.