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WEEKLY ROUND UP: MAY 27

May 27th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

June 2 is the Grassy Narrows River Run rally at Queen’s Park where “Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Ontario Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s.” Learn more about the River Run, Grassy Narrows and how you can get involved here.

Trigger warning: police violence

On Thursday the coroner’s jury for the case of Jermaine Carby’s death determined that the police shooting of Carby was a homicide. Carby was shot in 2014 by police in Brampton, Ontario. The jury also made 14 recommendations to the Peel Regional Police and Ontario Police College which focus on developing “a method to objectively measure the effectiveness of officer training for unconscious bias, mental health issues, de-escalation and use of force.”

Over at Bitch Media, check out this resource guide on food, race and cultural appropriation and this piece about Margot Lee Shetterly’s upcoming book Hidden Figures: The African American Women Mathematicians Who Helped NASA and the United States Win the Space Race which is being made into a movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

Ricochet reports on a recent meeting held at Sumas First Nation Community Hall bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities organizing against the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia by Kinder Morgan.

Amai Kuda has released a new track in support of the Decolonize NOW! and Divest to Decolonize campaign. The track features Y, Kinnie Starr and M1 of Dead Prez.

Tags: activist report, art, indigenous, music, police, race and racism, recommended reading, violence

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