Militant mothers of Ray-Mur
Ray-Cam Community Centre has a proud history of supporting families and our community. Starting from a movement to protect children crossing the railroad tracks to school, growing into a food co-op and finally into a full-fledged community centre, the spirit of the militant mothers of Ray-Mur has been a guiding force in our work.
In 1971, many mothers, living at Stamps Place Housing, were worried about their children crossing the railway tracks on their way to Seymour School. The Canadian Pacific Railway promised the mothers the train would not run during the times the kids went to and from school. The train company broke their promise! So, the mothers and some children put up tents on the railway tracks. A few mothers even got arrested and went to jail for a short time.
The story was covered in the Vancouver Sun and the Georgia Strait. Finally, the mothers won their fight! An overpass was built so the kids could walk safely to school.
It is thanks to the bravery of these mothers that we have the overpass.
See a photo gallery of the Overpass here