Raymond Sheppard in this very personal essay describes how an injury to one is an injury to all, how acts of racism targeting an individual traumatize the entire African Nova Scotian community. “During the past fifty years of my life I have personally experienced racism and injustice. Like most African peoples, I have felt the pain, frustration, anxiety, and panic attacks caused by racism. This suffering never goes away because racism never goes away,” he writes.
News release from Wome’s Wellness Within: Today we mourn Chantel Moore, a 26-year old mother from British Columbia who was shot to death by police in Edmundston, NB this morning.
The two main Jewish organizations are silent on the recent racist attacks on Black people on both sides of the border. “Human and civil rights organisations one after the other have come out in support of the campaign Black Lives Matter – but not B’nai Brith Canada, or CIJA,” writes Judy Haiven.
On June 5th, community members in Halifax will gather to honour the many names and voices lost to police brutality in Canada and worldwide.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” (Martin Luther King).
Brandon Doucet on the need for universal access to dental care. Communities where people work low wage jobs and racialized communities are more likely to struggle accessing dental care. With the current economic recession, many working class people who used to access dental care will no longer be able to. When the pain gets too much to handle, people will be forced to use their credit card to pay for it.
My heart is so heavy
and I know yours is too
We wear black
and our bully wears blue
A great poem by Angela Bowden, written on the occasion of the #JusticeForRegis rally in Halifax,
Open letter by the ANSDPAD Coalition: For decades our community has called on government to work collaboratively with us to address the ongoing issues of racial profiling, over policing, police brutality, systemic anti-Black racism in the justice system, and differential treatment while incarcerated.
Stephen McNeil Stephen McNeil twists in the wind – while Nova Scotians ramp up their demand for an inquiry, writes Judy Haiven.
Women’s Wellness Within, in a letter to Mayor Mike Savage, calls for police defunding. “Policing is broken and more money for tanks, training or community dialogue won’t fix it.”
As always feel free to use the text for your own letters.
Among the many great speakers at Saturday’s huge #JusticeForRegis rally in Halifax was Dr. Lynn Jones, who has fought racism since she was a teenager. It was a remarkable speech and we are glad she allowed us to share it here.