Why I am running for the COPE Board of Directors

At the April 7th 2013 COPE AGM I will be running for a seat on the executive as an Independent COPE candidate, along with five other people – Paul Houle, Kim Hearty, Tristan Markle, Wilson Munoz and Stuart Parker.

Vote for COPE Independents!I am running for the COPE executive this year because I believe COPE must return to its roots – a municipal political party that fights to ensure social justice and includes the voices of the most vulnerable in our City. COPE by both nature and track-record is an activist, neighbourhood-based political party.

It is very important that COPE is not only active at election time, but between election time as well. This is what brought about COPE’s numerous electoral successes in the past.

On Sunday, a dedicated, activist slate of Independent COPE candidates will place our names on the ballot to join Independent COPE continuing incumbents Ifny Lachance and Anita Romaniuk as members of the 2013 – 2014 COPE Executive.

I would ask that you cast a ballot for each and every one of the six members of the COPE Independent slate, so that COPE might once again emerge as a strong independent municipal political force.

Voting for the different positions will take place in the following order:

**Internal Chair – Tim Louis
I am committed to a COPE that works with the community not just at election time, but between elections, a COPE that gives voice to the community on the Park Board, the School Board, and Council.

** Treasurer – Paul Houle
Past COPE Treasurer, committed unionist, longtime Shop Steward and community activist who will play a key role on an Independent COPE Executive.

** Corresponding Secretary – Kim Hearty (Incumbent)
A committed social activist, co-founder of the Vancouver Renters Union, Kim is very much engaged in the anti-gentrification movement on the DTES.

** Members-at-Large – Tristan Markle (incumbent), Wilson Munoz (incumbent), and Stuart Parker

  • Tristan Markle A founder of The Mainlander, and co-founder of the Vancouver Renters Union, Tristan has  played a pivotal role this past year in returning COPE to its roots as an engaged, socially conscious, neighbourhood-based activist party.
  • Wilson Munoz is not only a close friend, he is someone who has also long been committed to the fight for social justice, particularly within the Latin American community.
  • Stuart Parker is an environmentalist and longtime community activist, who brings energy and commitment to the fight to restore social justice. He has campaigned for many years for meaningful electoral reform.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. With your help, by 5pm Sunday afternoon, we will have elected a progressive Independent COPE majority to the COPE Executive.

COPE holds its 45th Annual General Meeting this coming Sunday, April 7th, at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, just up from Powell Street and Victoria Drive. Registration is at 1:30pm, the meeting starts at 2pm. Members in good standing (who have joined COPE prior to March 7th, or renewed their memberships within the last 24 months) are eligible to vote.

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