Santina Rao, the young Black mother violently attacked by Halifax Regional Police officers in front of her two small children, is set to appear in court tomorrow. Supporters of Santina are asked to attend in solidarity.
Activist and poet Angela Bowden reflects on the urgent need to start talking about reparations to the Black community in Nova Scotia. “The evidence and framework for reparations is already embedded in the wisdom and trauma of our elders and our youth, we require all of you to get this job done,” she writes.
Sign the petition demanding that charges against Santina be dropped, police be investigated and charged, and Walmart compensate Santina.
It took more than a day after the attack on Santina Rao for Halifax Regional Police to report the incident to SIRT, the organization that is tasked with investigating all such violent incidents. Toronto author and journalist Desmond Cole looked into the delay.
Judy Haiven: “I know it was the coldest day of the winter. Maybe some of them couldn’t attend. But today, more than a week after Rao being attacked and arrested, one of the easiest things to do to support her and anti-racism is to speak up, to write an article, an op-ed, a letter. But caring leaders in the broader community remain silent.”
“Over the years, I had the pleasure of knowing some very good police officers within the Halifax Regional Municipality.” A quick note by Raymond Sheppard.
Judy Haiven: “The Black community and its growing number of allies will not accept the continued violence, arrests and yes — street checks — by the Halifax Police. And, hopefully, the “good burghers” – Halifax’s white residents – will actually support the Black community’s struggle against police tyranny.”
“Excessive force used by police in situations involving Persons of Colour is nothing new, it has been happening for hundreds of years and continues at an alarming rate,” writes Raymond Sheppard.
Angela Bowden read this terrific poem at the rally in support of Santina Rao, the young mother falsely accused of shoplifting at the Mumford Road Walmart and violently arrested by four police officers in front of her little children.
On what surely must have been the coldest day this winter some 150 people came out to rally at the Mumford Road Walmart in support of Santina Rao.