Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會 supports youth and low-income immigrant seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. We build power in our community through intergenerational relationship building, and by helping seniors overcome language and cultural barriers to services that meet their basic needs. We combine service provision and grassroots organizing, with a core belief that service work is political and that as a community, we have the tools we need to take care of one another. We empower seniors and youth to work together to improve their communities and tackle the difficult problems of oppression and violence. Our vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth.
Yarrow recognizes and values the diversity of everyone in our community. As an organization we are committed to welcoming and affirming the human rights of all people, including people of colour, Black and Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, sex workers, and people with disabilities.
We envision a thriving, equitable,
and intergenerational community
To remove barriers to health care, housing, and income access and provide services, advocacy, and education that develops youth and senior leadership and builds community power in Chinatown.
We will take action against systems of oppression and build the future we need together, rather than reproducing capitalistic, carceral, and patriarchal systems of oppression. We will actively work to dismantle the non-profit industrial complex.
We will seek and empower leadership within the community. We will ask those who are struggling with leadership to take reflexive and appropriate actions, moving towards accountability and away from complicity.
We will be honest and brave in addressing conflict. We will engage in consensual and radical accountability processes that center those harmed and allow space for others to learn from their mistakes.
We will honour feedback and recognize that we make mistakes and are always learning.
We will listen to, respect, and have compassion for each other.
We will have fun, be nourished, and grow together.
We will center relationships as the building blocks of change.
As a trans- and queer-centric organization, we will welcome and affirm the freedoms of all people, including racialized people, Black and Indigenous peoples, LGBTQIA2S+ people, sex workers, and people with disabilities.
We will challenge settler colonialism and our own privileges, build solidarity with Black and Indigenous organizing, racialized people, and decolonize our communities and ourselves.
The Significance of Yarrow
Yarrow is a common plant that has been used by people as medicine for thousands of years. It is found in the Americas and Asia, and grows even in poor soil. The Chinese character for “yarrow” (蓍) has the character for “old age” or “elder” (老) at its centre. Similarly, the centre of our work is to build strong intergenerational relationships. The Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice is founded on the belief that freedom from oppression will come through the strength of our relationships, across generations, united in struggle for justice.
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