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Mid-Week Round Up: July 23

July 23rd, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

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BBRLM (Black, Brown, and Red* Lives Matter) presented a deputation to the Hamilton Police Services Board on June 25th highlighting the unconstitutional practices of carding/street checks taking place in the community. On Thursday, July 23rd Police Chief De Caire provided a response to BBRLM’s deputation. You can check out CBC for a recap of their live tweets from the meeting.

In response to the killing of Andrew Loku by Toronto police, activists disrupted the proceedings of the Toronto Police Services Board reading a list of demands including a public apology from Mayor John Tory and Chief Mark Saunders. Black Lives Matter-Toronto Coalition, organizers of the protest, want the board to state when the 84 recommendations contained in Justice Frank Iacobucci’s report, which includes points on dealing with “people in crisis” and revising the use-of-force model, will be implemented. For a discussion of the history of racism in Toronto policing check out Desmond Cole’s writing. On Monday, July 27, Black Lives Matter-Toronto Coalition is organizing a day of action seeking justice for Loku and Jermaine Carby who was killed Peel police in 2014.

Last week it was announced that Kanye West (in addition to Pitbull and Serena Ryder) will be performing at the Pan Am Closing Ceremonies on July 26th in Toronto. Similar to opposition around his performance at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, another no-Kanye petition has cropped up.

  • For some analysis on the implications of the backlash against Kanye check out here and here.

All of the folks here at Shameless had a visioning session over the weekend, which means we sat around a big pile of snacks and talked about all of the exciting things we want to bring you over the next year! Keep your eyes peeled for some great events, issues, workshops and fundraising drives coming up over the next few months!

Tags: activist report, news flash, race and racism, recommended reading, violence

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