Tina Renier on what makes initiatives like The Black Lives Matter Community Solidarity Fund so powerful. “What has kept us together as African peoples, especially throughout centuries of trauma from slavery, colonialism and racial capitalism, was our spirit.”
Open letter signed by well over 50 Black scholars, community members, and allied academics and health professionals across the country, writing in support of Dr. OmiSoore Dryden and the need for disaggregated racial data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a difficult start, a fundraising effort to provide relief to African Nova Scotians hit hard by the coronavirus is back on track and distributing much needed cash to people in need. We talk with Dr. Lynn Jones, one of the four community organizers behind the fund.
The claim that COVID-19 and its associated medical and social responses do not discriminate belies the history of how pandemics work and who is most impacted by them. States of emergency show that citizenship privileges some, is partial for others and disappears others. By Beverly Bain, OmiSoore Dryden and Rinaldo Walcott
An excellent multi-part documentary by APTN journalist Trina Roache tackles yet another historic effort to destroy Mi’kmaw culture.
An open letter demands that Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Strang apologize to Black residents of East and North Preston, Cherry Brook and Loon Lake. We talk with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, the James R. Johnston chair in Black Studies at Dalhousie University, who spearheaded the letter.
Kate MacDonald writes a heartfelt reflection on how privilege doesn’t disappear in a pandemic, it amplifies. “A virus that has been linked directly to travel and exposure now needs a home to grow its roots of blames in. Of course that blame falls on the bodies of Black folks.”
“We’re already fighting the battle of being Black, the battle of being from North Preston,” says Miranda Cain. “And now we’re fighting the battle of being from North Preston and Black and with an infectious disease.”
It appears that Halifax Regional Police are asking people walking on trails for ID to prove that they live in the neighborhood. They have no right to do that.
PSA: “With the release of the film, There’s Something in the Water on Netflix this Friday, March 27, 2020, the voices of affected communities in Nova Scotia will now be elevated and amplified globally,” writes Ingrid Waldron.