Libby Davies, currently promoting her new memoir Outside In, will make a Nelson stop on Aug. 29.

Activist, author Libby Davies coming to Nelson

Davies will talk about the intersection of activism and politics in pursuit of social change

Submitted

In association with her recent book, Outside In: A Political Memoir, Libby Davies is crisscrossing the country and engaging in conversations about the intersection of activism and politics in pursuit of social change. And now, she’s coming to Nelson on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Davies has worked steadfastly for social justice both inside parliament and in the community for more than four decades. At 19, she became a community organizer in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. At 23, Davies ran for municipal office. She served as a Vancouver city councillor from 1982 to 1993 and went on to become the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East (1997 to 2015) where she additionally served as the opposition house leader and later as deputy leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Her long and storied career in politics was built on a principled foundation that community-based activism can be a powerful catalyst for change within the power structures that shape the laws and lives of Canadians. Davies has a legacy of advocating for sex workers’ rights, on behalf of those affected by homelessness, and for harm reduction and ending drug prohibition.

In Nelson, Davies will be joined by Cheryl Dowden, executive director of ANKORS, the HIV/AIDS Network, Outreach and Support Society. ANKORS is a harm reduction organization that offers HIV and Hepatitis C support, community education, a transgender care program, drug-checking; harm reduction supplies and services, and an overdose prevention site. There is an undeniable intersection between the community that ANKORS serves and the social policies shaped by political leaders. Together, it promises to be an illuminating conversation on the relationship between activism and politics.

Joining Davies and Dowden will also be MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay-Columbia).​ The event will take place in one of Nelson’s most unique private residences, the pink church at 503 Fourth St., which formerly housed Nelson’s First Baptist Church. Admission is free; however, advanced registration is required by emailing mr.j.stewart@shaw.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

Peter Smith has published Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900

Perry Siding man drowns in kayaking accident

The death occurred in Slocan River last month

Nelson Innovation Centre opens in Railtown

Centre will provide networking, training and workspace for all things tech

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

NDP wants Lower Mainland MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

B.C. health officials pleased with likely extension of Canada-U.S. border closure

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the situation is ‘very serious in the United States’

Children suffer swollen eyes, burns while playing at Lower Mainland spray park

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

Most Read