January 16, 2020. For immediate release
Women’s Wellness Within (WWW) is a registered non-profit organization that provides doula support, education and advocacy for criminalized women and trans/nonbinary individuals who are pregnant or parenting young children in Nova Scotia. WWW is a recognized leader in reproductive justice action across the province.
On January 15, a young single mother of two children ages 3 years old and 15 months reports she was racially profiled and accused of shoplifting in Walmart in Halifax. A staffperson called police. The young mother reports Halifax Regional Police force members brutalized her in front of her children. She has posted photos of her injuries to Facebook, including a black eye.
WWW request an immediate meeting with Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella. Racism and violence against women will not be tolerated. For several years now, Women’s Wellness Within has sought to advise Halifax Regional Police to appropriately treat women and nonbinary people with young children. Change is needed now.
A community demonstration in support of the young mother is planned for Friday, January 17 at 5 pm at the Mumford St. Walmart.