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TORONTO – Amid mounting controversy over police participation in pride events across the country, a Toronto city councillor is calling for a municipal donation to Canada’s largest Pride parade to be cut after the event banned police floats from future festivities.
“It’s not about justice anymore.” #BlackLivesMatter activist Janaya Khan on why policing is no longer working-and what can be done instead: Source
An 11-month-long review of civilian oversight of police in Ontario has now wrapped up public consultations and a report will be delivered to Ontario’s attorney general later this week. Once they’re delivered to Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, the report and recommendations of the independent police oversight review is expected to be made public in April, according to Justice Michael H.
It grew in just a couple of years from a hashtag to a powerful movement that has taken on police shootings of black people and is defiantly challenging the political establishment. Black Lives Matter now has over 40 chapters in the United States and Canada – and The Fifth Estate takes you inside the movement with the people who helped build it.
No Ban, No Walls, No Prison, No Cops: A Conversation with Janaya Khan and Maytha Alhassen – Patrisse Cullors
Originally posted March 1st on Medium Patrisse Cullors interviews Maytha and Future to Discuss No Ban No Walls, No Prisons No Cops. This is an exploratory conversation on why our movements, especially the movement to end mass criminalization, should center Blackness. This is a transcript of the conversation.
Black Lives Matter is shining a harsh light on racism in Toronto-and pissing off some powerful people
Last March, in the bleak late winter, members of Black Lives Matter Toronto hunkered down outside police headquarters on College Street. It had been a lousy month for black people in Toronto. The city announced that the music festival Afrofest would be downsized due to noise complaints.
Black Lives Matter says police should not march in gay pride parades. And across Canada, LGBTQ organisations are starting to agree. It’s hard to steal the spotlight from Justin Trudeau. Clad in a pink button-down shirt open at the collar, all eyes (and iPhone cameras) were on the meme-able prime minister last July, when he marched in Toronto’s Pride parade.
Pride Toronto has hired Olivia Nuamah as its new executive director, the first time the organization has appointed a black woman to the role. The much-anticipated hire comes after nearly eight months of turmoil sparked by a Black Lives Matter Toronto protest at July’s Pride Parade, which was followed by the resignation of executive director Mathieu Chantelois weeks later.
Black Lives Matter-a hashtag turned international movement largely led by women-is known in one breath as the new Civil Rights movement and in another as a terror group, despite the fact that our work is centred on demanding life and longevity for Black people.
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