Metro Vancouver Alliance promises to be new, strong force for social justice uniting labour, community, faith groups

Last week’s founding gathering of the Metro Vancouver Alliance at a packed Maritime Labour Centre auditorium, resounding with singing and speech-making, signalled the arrival of a significant new force for social justice on the city’s political scene.

Keynote speakers included the local leaders of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, as well as labour council officials and a wide range of community activists. (I was invited to respond to the MVA goals on behalf of city councillors.)

Although resolutely non-partisan, the MVS unites unions, community organizations and the Lower Mainland’s largest Christian faith communities in a new organization dedicated to campaigning against poverty and for improvements in housing, transit and civic engagement — non-partisan, maybe, but not apolitical.