Judy HAiven: The Orwellian reality is that five people did not survive their “wellness check” carried out by police. There is no coincidence here: The police shot the five because of their race and because they could do so.
800 people gathered on the Halifax waterfront on this Canada Day afternoon to protest Israel’s illegal plans to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank.
Social injustice and academic negligence against Black learners cannot continue and our leaders cannot continue to sit silently. Silence is an action that is not acceptable. The Black Educators Association is calling for comprehensive change to the structural biases that exist within the education system.
On June 24th, B(QT)LM-Halifax will host a Vigil for Black Queer, Trans and Gender non-conforming (GNC) people lost to violence, including police violence. This includes Tony McDade, a Black trans man killed by police on May 27th and two Black trans women Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells who were killed within 24 hours of each other. As organizers point out, “The violence continued when they were all deadnamed and misgendered.”
PSA by Solidarity K’jipuktuk / Halifax: Tell your Halifax Regional Councillors that you support the call to end police violence against Black people and that council must reverse the purchase of an armoured vehicle for the Halifax Regional Police (HRP)
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.
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.
It’s been a while since a rally happened in Halifax, but today a large crowd of some 400 people gathered in Victoria Park across from the Public Gardens in downtown Halifax to demand justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet and all Black lives.
Why it’s called carding, not street checks, and why it should stop.