Press release : Halloween-themed Demonstration in St-Henri to Oppose Gentrification, call for an Autonomous Community Space

for a space to call their own

MONTREAL – On Saturday, October 29th, residents and community activists in St-Henri will take to the streets with colourful costumes and banners to underline the need for an autonomous community space in the neighbourhood. Highlighting gentrification’s ‘monstrous’ effects, the demonstration will culminate in a Halloween-themed block party featuring face-painting and horror-themed games for residents of all ages.

The issue of gentrification in St-Henri has gotten increasing attention in recent years, including most recently in the wake of anti-gentrification attacks on 3734, a luxury food store. Residents say an autonomous community space could address the lack of affordable food options in the neighbourhood by housing a collective kitchen or donation-supported café. As a preview, the newly-formed St-Henri Popular Kitchen collective will serve a free meal at Saturday’s event.

Representatives from other community spaces in Montreal, including Pointe-St-Charles’ Bâtiment 7, will speak on their experiences, as will anti-gentrification organizers in St-Henri.

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Date:    Saturday, October 29 2016
Time:    2:00 pm
Location: Lionel-Groulx métro station

Contact:  Mona Luxion