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In the two months since it became public that the FBI deems “black identity extremists” a violent threat to police, a chorus of condemnation over the label has grown louder. Opponents include black lawmakers, Black Lives Matter activists and even black police officers.
Janaya Khan, Black Lives Matter Leader, Dismantles FBI’s Fraudulent ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Report
From the days of COINTELPRO-the targeting of black human rights leaders and sowing dissent within the ranks of black organizations committed to freedom and liberation for black people-to its unofficial subsidiaries like the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, whose sole purpose was to violently oppress black communities, the FBI has often operated as a terrorist group out to destroy black communities in the United States.
It’s been just over a week since the FBI’s latest counterterrorism assessment, naming ” black identity extremism ” an emergent violent threat to law enforcement, became public. Now, activists in the Black Lives Matter movement are flat out calling it “bullshit.”
Patrisse Cullors and Janaya Khan, the activists behind global equality movement Black Lives Matter, share their story.
Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do? I’m the director of a not-for-profit in Los Angeles called Gender Justice LA, which is a gender equity and trans advocacy organization, I’m one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter Toronto and I work as the international ambassador for the Black Lives Matter network, so also travel a lot for Black Lives Matter.
Approximately 4,000 people gathered at Vancouver’s City Hall on Aug. 19 to protest an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim white nationalist rally. They far out-numbered the white nationalist demonstrators. Later, one counter-protester interviewed by CBC-TV news said: “I’ve never seen a racist.” Did that counter-protester come to the rally hoping to see a racist?
The City of West Hollywood is hosting a screening next week of “13th,” a film that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. The film, by Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” has been nominated for eight Emmy awards. It takes its title from the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S.
Movements are necessary to push for change and expand our imagination of what is possible-but they are not easy to sustain. Activism is not glamorous work, and activists are not only tasked with maintaining their own will to fight against what feels like insurmountable odds; they must inspire others to join in a tumultuous political climate.
On Saturday morning, Natalie Sanchez arrived at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston well before counter-protesters started trickling in. The morning fog dissipated as Sanchez readied herself, eagerly setting up two cardboard boxes filled with t-shirts commemorating the Fight Supremacy march she volunteered for.
Boston Police Officials say about 40,000 people marched to the Boston Common Saturday where a free speech rally was held. Officials confirm that number estimate was mostly counter-protesters. Officers arrested over 30 people at the rally for disorderly conduct but some were taken in for assaulting police.
White nationalism is on the rise across North America – and Canada is no exception. Recently in Charlottesville, Va., hundreds of white men and women took to the streets, claiming to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee, a general from the Confederate army, a slaveholder and a racist icon.
White nationalism is on the rise across North America-and Canada is no exception. Recently in Charlottesville, VA, hundreds of white men and women took to the streets claiming to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee, a general from the Confederate army, a slaveholder and a racist icon.
Janaya Khan: “Don’t Kid Yourself, White Nationalism Is on the Rise in Canada Too” – colorful women | Women Journal
(Photo: Courtesy of Janaya Khan) White nationalism is on a arise opposite North America-and Canada is no exception. Recently in Charlottesville, VA, hundreds of white organisation and women took to a streets claiming to criticism a dismissal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a ubiquitous from a Confederate army, a slaveholder and a nonconformist …
Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN.ca or Microsoft. Video provided by CBC News White nationalism is on the rise across North America-and Canada is no exception.
The film is stark, raw, profane, and angry. It is also a snapshot of a flash point in one community and documentation of a tragedy that sparked a protest movement. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, the St.
CBC radio documentary program and podcast, Ideas, returned to Stratford for a second week. Whereas last week, the topic was cities and infrastructure, this week the discussion series- part of the…
MONTREAL – Police should have no role in responding to mental health crises, activist groups said in response to last week last week’s police shooting of a Montreal man. About 200 people, including representatives from the Montreal and Toronto chapters of the group Black Lives Matter, attended a protest Sunday in front of the apartment where Pierre Coriolan was shot.
The year is 1981. The Toronto Police Services, under Operation Soap, raided four gay bathhouses throughout Toronto. More than 300 men were arrested in the second largest mass arrest in Canadian history at the time. Gay and lesbian bathhouses had been raided before, but something about this one felt different.
Black Lives Matter Toronto, the group that was largely instrumental in minimizing police participation in this year’s Toronto Pride Parade, will not be marching in the parade, organizers say. Pride spokesperson Ryan Connelly has confirmed BLM missed the May 20 deadline to register, indicating they will not be participating in the parade.
The Canadian offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t a fan of police officers. Having previously hijacked Toronto’s Gay Pride march with a list of demands that included banning “oppressive” police floats from partaking in the event, the BLM activists have now set their sights across the border.
Freedom Lecture: Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors & Janaya Khan – Vrijheidslezing On TourChinoutv | Chinoutv
Livestream 2016-12-22 – in english – Vrijheidslezing on tour Patrisse Cullors van Black Lives Matter Arminius & De Balie organiseren op 22 december de 15e Vrijheidslezing on tour: Patrisse Cullors, mede- oprichter van Black Lives Matter. 0 Cullors is kunstenaar, activist en vrijheidsstrijder.
Janaya Khan: With the Trump administration coming into power, I’ve heard many people, and especially white people ask, “What can I do?” Well, the movement answered. It’s time to finally start having those challenging conversations with your friends, your family members, and your coworkers.
Black Lives Matter activist Janaya Khan explains how we can abolish the whole criminal justice system, including police-because it’s broken.
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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