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STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST HATE


To Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Hamilton City Council,

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association stands in solidarity with Hamilton’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all other groups who have been targeted by the hatred, bigotry, and violence that is festering in our city. For years, residents have identified Diversity and Inclusion as key values in our community, and as-such, we denounce the so-called “yellow vests” and their associates who have been spreading hate, harassing, and attacking residents at City Hall and other public spaces, including our public parks. These groups are spreading hate towards racialized people, immigrants, refugees, two-spirit, trans, and queer folks, and other oppressed groups. We call on Hamilton Police Services, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Councillor Jason Farr and his colleagues on City Council to take action to address the persistent presence of these hate groups in our public spaces.

Our mission is to promote a strong, liveable community and to empower the residents of Beasley through community involvement. Some of our core objectives are to engage members of the community on Hamilton-wide issues and to foster a safe, inclusive community. We strongly denounce the incitement of hatred against our already oppressed and vulnerable community members. We hear claims that Hamilton is a safe and supportive city where inclusion and diversity are embraced, but question this reality when fascist groups organize weekly demonstrations at City Hall. When these same groups joined other bigots to attack our Pride celebration, Hamilton Police Services took far too long to respond. Then, they arrested four members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and only one of the individuals who was violently opposing the celebration.

We are especially concerned about the arrest of Cedar Hopperton. All evidence indicates they had not attended Pride, but they had recently publicly criticized the Hamilton Police Service at a public meeting where participants assumed it was safe to express their feelings and opinions. We are deeply concerned that this arrest was retaliatory. Cedar’s incarceration is a disturbingly clear example of the systemic surveillance and criminalization of trans, queer and non-binary individuals; this systemic violence is also imposed on poor and racialized people. We are also disturbed by Police Chief Girt’s suggestion that the police response to the attacks on Pride would have been more robust if the police had been allowed to set up a recruitment table at the event.

We are sickened by the City’s inaction and the Hamilton Police Services response to these developments. We share the Hamilton and District Labour Council’s sentiments, expressed last month:

  • The City cannot claim to be anti-racist while providing space to racists. 
  • The City cannot claim that Hamilton is the best place to raise a child or grow old, when that claim only applies to CIS-gender, white people. 
  • The City cannot claim that racism and oppression is unacceptable when its actions help to foster it.
  • The City cannot claim to be a “Sanctuary City” which would provide for newcomers’ safety when they are clearly at risk.

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association expects more from our City’s leadership and police services. We join the call for the immediate release of Cedar Hopperton. We applaud and support Councillor Nann and Wilson’s call for an independent investigation into Hamilton’s police response to the attack on our Pride celebrations, and we encourage our Councillor, Jason Farr, to join his colleagues in advancing this fact-finding effort. 

We also share the Hamilton and District Labour Council’s recommendation that Council 1) deny the ability of known hate groups to assemble on City-managed property; 2) develop a streamlined approach to developing and issuing trespass orders to those organizing under a banner of racism and oppression; 3) develop a streamlined approach to identifying hate groups for the purposes of enacting recommendations 1 and 2.

We join numerous other community groups who are actively urging you to take these issues seriously and immediately work toward the establishment of a City where all Charter-protected groups are ensured safety, respect, and justice.

 

Sincerely,

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Alexandra Murphy                            Karlie Rogerson
Co-Chair                                           Co-Chair

 

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MAJORITY OF HAMILTONIANS SUPPORT ACTION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING


September 17, 2018 Contact: Mike Borrelli (mcborrelli@gmail.com)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seventy percent (70%) of residents from across the City say they support taking action to keep Hamilton affordable for renters and homeowners, according to the results of an election-themed phone poll commissioned by the Beasley Neighbourhood Association.

In addition, 64% of respondents supported the idea of requiring developers to include affordable units in their new developments, a position that the BNA has been encouraging Council to take in its redevelopment of Pier 8 in the West Harbour.

“Our members here in downtown Hamilton have been raising the alarm about rental and housing affordability issues for years now,” said BNA Chair Alexandria Anderson, “It’s clear that we’re not alone in facing this challenge, but we do need the City to step up and insist that new developments include truly affordable housing.”

The poll also revealed divisions between “old Hamilton” and its amalgamated areas.

“This really is a tale of two cities,” said Conestoga College Professor Anthony Piscitelli, who conducted the interactive voice response survey on behalf of the BNA, “It’s been almost 18 years since amalgamation, and we still see a very stark difference in the vision for the City.”

According to the results, the lower city and Hamilton Mountain are more supportive of funding transit (60%), taking action to keep Hamilton affordable (73%), and requiring developers to include affordable housing units (69%). Rural and suburban Hamiltonians are more supportive of tax cuts (77%), but less supportive of funding transit (48%) and taking action to keep Hamilton affordable (62%).

Overall, 34% rated the performance of City Council poor or very poor, but local councillors themselves fared considerably better, with 40% giving their local councillor a very good or good rating, compared to 20% for Council as a whole. These results masked significant difference in how seniors rate the performance of City Council. A total of 29% of Hamilton residents over 65 rated council’s performance as good or very good, almost double the 15% of those respondents under the age of 65 who gave a good or very good rating.

The results of this survey are based on an interactive voice response survey of 379 Hamilton residents conducted September 10th and 11th, 2018. The survey results were weighted to match the age and gender of the City of Hamilton. Results are considered accurate to +/- 5.3 percentage points 19 times out of 20, the margin of error is larger on subsample results.  For more information about the survey and its methods, please contact Professor Anthony Piscitelli at 519-998-3917 or apiscitelli@conestogac.on.ca.

The BNA’s vision is to improve the quality of life for people who work, live and play in Beasley.

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2018 will be a big year in Beasley!


Welcome to ourbeasley.com and happy new year! Just a friendly reminder that the Beasley Neighbourhood Association (BNA) meets on the second Wednesdayof every month (except July & August) at the Beasley Community Centre (145 Wilson St.). 

Come out and get involved for your community AND for yourself!

Volunteering in your community has been linked to a number of positive health outcomes including enhanced psychological wellbeing. Spending time helping others in your community can help build emotional resilience and more social connectedness. Bring a friend to our next BNA meeting If you know someone who has a New Year's resolution to volunteer more, or give back, or is looking to form new friendships, invite them to our next BNA meeting. All are welcome!

Join us on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. for our first BNA meeting of 2018. We have new, exciting initiatives and events to discuss as well as important updates on community priorities that we continue to focus on. 
 

Also, mark your calendar! The Beasley Winter Carnival is going to be on  Sunday February 11 this year!

If you have any questions, or if you want to sign up to get our rare email and monthly meeting agendas please don't hesitate to reach out to us at chair@ourbeasley.com.


We are looking forward to seeing you this year--with a provincial and municipal elections in 2018, we think this is going to be a breakout year for Beasley!
 
Mike Borrelli and Alex Anderson
Co-Chairs, Beasley Neighbourhood Association

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NEW 2017 Beasley Neighbourhood Plan published!


After 16 months of engaging with people who live, work and play in Beasley, the BNA is proud to announce the publication of its latest Neighbourhood Plan. With an eye to 2020, the new Plan is organized along four objectives areas: Health & Wellbeing, Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Diversity & Inclusion. Attainable actions are presented for each of 16 objectives, to be pursued by the community, City and our partners. Printed copies will be available to partners in the coming weeks, and are always available for free online 

Download Beasley Neighbourhood Plan 2017 here

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Beasley Neighbourhood Action Plan meeting!


On Wednesday June 22nd, join us for a public event to be held at the Beasley Community Centre (145 Wilson St.) from 7-8:45pm

FREE CHILDCARE & DINNER to all attendees!
 
The agenda is simple: the first hour will be dedicated to a Focus Group run by our researcher friends at the Neighbourhood Action Evaluation & University of Toronto. The goal of the focus group is to learn more from residents about some of the progress we have made in Beasley since 2011.
 
The second part of the agenda will be a brief presentation about the BNA's Neighbourhood Planning exercise this year, followed by opportunities for neighbours to give input into the kinds of objectives we should focus on in the updated Neighbourhood Plan (due in November 2016).
 
If you cannot make it on Wednesday, then please use the Online Mapping Tool to share your input. We would also appreciate it if you would please fill out our survey, so we can learn more about what Beasley means to you, and how to make it a better place to be!
 
We hope to see you out on June 22nd, and please share this to anyone with an interest in helping chart Beasley's future.
 
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