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Pivot Legal Society

Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Pivot is not a legal clinic or legal aid organization. Our mandate is to use the law strategically to achieve widespread social change affecting society's most marginalized. We work with low-income communities to develop legal strategies to address systemic problems affecting large numbers of people, and do not provide drop-in legal services or offer legal advice over the phone.

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"Yes in my Backyard" (YIMBY) Toolkit

This kit is intended for YIMBYs: people who understand the value of addressing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness in a proactive and positive way through safe and supportive housing, and who want to say “yes” ...
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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Fact Sheets: Know Your Rights When Calling Police

What you need to know before you call 911 at the scene of an overdose. Not everyone will be safe from arrest when and if police attend.
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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Rights Cards: Know Your Rights When Calling Police

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act was meant to safeguard people who call 911 at the scene of an overdose. But it won't protect everyone. This resource provides more information on when an individual will be ...
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Know Your Rights: A guide for people who rely on public space

A guide on basic rights designed for people who rely on public space and regularly interact with law enforcement figures, including police, bylaw officers, and private security guards, due to their living conditions.
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Methadone Patients Rights Cards

In cooperation with BC Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM), Pivot has produced 15,000 methadone patients rights cards. Faced with systemic abuse and discrimination from unethical physicians, pharmacists and ...
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Police Rights Cards: Know Your Rights When Speaking to Police

When police stop and question you in public there are clear parameters to when you need to answer, and when you don't. This resource will help you understand those times.
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Private Security Rights Cards

These cards will help residents better understand their rights and what they can do when their rights have been violated by private security.
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Sex Workers Rights Cards

This card explains how the VPD’s new Guidelines require officers to prioritize sex workers’ safety over the enforcement of the prostitution laws. The rights card advises sex workers that the POLICE SHOULD NOT harass, ...
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Tenants Rights Cards: Know Your Rights When Facing Eviction

A guide and resource for people who are facing eviction.
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