Seven years after Andrella David, a Black resident of Upper Hammonds Plains, was falsely accused of shoplifting at the Tantallon Sobeys store, the company finally made the commitments the community had been asking for. All it took was for the Sobeys’ lawyers to step aside, says an overjoyed Rev. Lennett Anderson.
“To have a roof over your head and to not go hungry are fundamental human rights,” NDP leader Gary Burrill told the Nova Scotia Advocate to explain the party’s proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act. Lawyer Claire McNeil tells us why this would be a very significant change, and one that is long overdue.
“Sobeys regrets that this matter has taken so long to come to a conclusion.” That’s the best Sobeys can come up with in terms of apology in a recent racial profiling case. By skillfully exploiting flaws in Human Rights legislation Sobeys almost got away with racism. Good thing Ms. Andrella David and the residents of Upper Hammonds Plains had other ideas.
Andrella David, a victim of shopping while black at the Sobeys store in Tantallon, continues to wait for an apology by the large grocery chain. “This was never about the money for me; it has always been about the dignity and respect that I deserve,” she writes in a recent statement.
Not getting the apology for racial profiling they are looking for, the African United Baptist Association is calling for a boycott of Sobeys stores in their communities. And the boycott may well soon spread to the Atlantic provinces.
10 years after facing misogyny at a Halifax fire station, Liane Tessier will finally get her day in court. Read about her long and exhausting battle to reach this stage.
An interview with Rev. Lennett Anderson, organizer of the Sobeys anti-racism rally in Tantallon: “Race is not a card I play, it’s the life I live.”
Sobeys is appealing a racial profiling decision by the Human Rights Commission. Protesters gathered at the Tantallon Sobeys to show their displeasure. “We are asking Sobeys not to drag an innocent woman into this process all over again, re-victimizing the victim.”
A full seven years after a shopping while black complaint is filed by a 78-year old woman the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission settles while Hudson’s Bay Company doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing.
Lately we hear a lot about the godawful misogyny at the fire department in Spaniard’s Bay, N.L. In essence what happened to her wasn’t that different, says former Halifax firefighter Liane Tessier. More than 10 years later she is still fighting for justice.