Raymond Sheppard on the George Floyd verdict and why Canadians shouldn’t be smug about policing in Canada.
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.
Judy Haiven: The first time I learned of someone falling to their death with police looking on was six years ago, in Halifax. Mohammed Eshaq, 27, fell from the balcony of his tenth-storey apartment in February 2014. The second time was two weeks ago. Toronto resident Regis Korchinski-Paquet, 29, fell 24 storeys from her apartment balcony.
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.
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,
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.
Regis Korchinsky-Paquet, a 29 year old Afro-Indigenous woman, died May 27th after Toronto police were called to her apartment. We join solidarity actions across the country demanding #JusticeForRegis
Women’s Wellness Within demands #JusticeForRegis, a 29 year old Afro-Indigenous woman who was killed after Toronto Police came to her home last night.