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Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart calls for province to review policing across B.C.

In the wake of protests in Vancouver calling for systemic changes to the Vancouver Police Department, Mayor Kennedy Stewart is calling for a comprehensive review of all policing in the province. 

"If we are to make major structural changes to policing, it is the province that must act," said Stewart in his speech.

"I believe [the province] will take up this call to ensure this review includes an investigation of systemic racism and disproportional violence experienced by Black and Indigenous community members." 

The provincial government did not immediately respond for comment.


Mayor says hands are tied on budget

Stewart made his remarks a week after the Vancouver Police Board rejected city council's request for a one per cent cut to its $340 million budget this year.

That rejection was originally made last month in light of city-wide financial pressures stemming from COVID-19. But discussion of the VPD's budget has taken on a new dynamic after the killing last month of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by a local police officer in Minneapolis, Minn.

Stewart is both chair of city council and the police board — which aside from him, is made up of unelected citizens appointed by the province. 

"The province's Police Act requires us to more or less rubber-stamp police budgets outside minimal discretionary spending," said Stewart, who made no mention if council would ask for cuts during the normal yearly budget process.  

"So while many U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, can massively restructure their police, neither organizations which I chair can legally do this — even if they wanted to."

The mayor declined to directly answer a question on whether he thought the budget should be lowered. 

"Whether I agree or disagree with the budget, it's my ability to make change that's important."


Court action filed against Northern Mounties:


Brutality, racism and neglect leading to enduring trauma and an ingrained fear of police are some of the allegations that Indigenous people level against the RCMP in sworn affidavits filed in Federal Court in October 2019.

An Indigenous man with six broken ribs and a punctured lung presumed intoxicated by RCMP and thrown in the drunk tank for 14 hours.

A Dene woman on crutches for six weeks after RCMP slammed the car door on her foot several times during an arrest while her daughter watched and cried: “Mom.”

A Gwich’in man knocked unconscious and concussed, thrown to the ground and dragged into a cell by his feet then beaten by an RCMP officer.

A Dehcho man stripped down to his boxers and thrown into a freezing cold cell, pepper sprayed after a fight and dragged into a hallway with no cameras then kicked all over by four Mounties.

The list goes on.

The court documents recount these and many other incidents as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges widespread brutality, negligence and systemic discrimination by the RCMP, which enforces the law throughout all three territories.

The claim seeks $600 million in damages for all First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Nunavut, N.W.T., and the Yukon who were harmed by unnecessary use of force by RCMP from 1928 until now.


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"This is the last straw. Someone call the police..."

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The Rush to Redefine “Defund the Police”


Before Minneapolis protesters briefly occupied and then set fire to a police station, activists’ calls to defund the police were considered—including by some more institutionally minded criminal justice reformers—to be an impossibly radical demand. That was barely two weeks ago. Since, as those local protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd have spread across the country, they have carried this demand into city council meetings, across cable news desks. The political vision now being articulated has become a rebuke to those who say these protests are aimless or counterproductive. Here, organizers respond, is something concrete to do: Take money away from the police


As the momentum behind the demand grows, policymakers struggle to accept it at face value. When asked on Tuesday on Good Morning America about Trump’s claims that Democrats want to defund the police, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris responded reassuringly, “It’s just creating fear where none is necessary.” As on her appearance Monday on The View, she declined to state, when asked directly whether she supports defunding the police. When asked about Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plans for the Los Angeles Police Department budget—redirecting the $250 million intended  to increase its budget to other city programs and cutting another $150 million of its overall $2 billion budget—she said she “applauds what he has done.” But when asked if Joe Biden had the right idea in not wanting to defund the police and instead “to condition federal money on reforms,” she answered, “Joe Biden believes that we need to reform the system, and I couldn’t agree with him more.” Her remarks keep Harris in the running for Biden’s vice presidential pick; they are also, from an actually making policy standpoint, incoherent. They unnecessarily fog up what “defunding the police” clearly means on its face.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was at least clear on MSNBC that the Democrat’s new Justice in Policing Act does not defund the police but then suggested, at the local level, perhaps there was a way to “shuffle some [law enforcement] money around.” Addressing the demand to defund at that local level, elected officials have framed it as a matter of misinterpretation or hyperbole: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said on CNN on Monday, “most people are saying that they want reform, and they want good policing”—that is to say, when her constituents tell her, “defund the police,” she doesn’t believe them. New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a clear echo in his remarks Monday. “When they’re saying ‘defund the police,’ what are they saying? They’re saying we want fundamental basic change when it comes to policing—and they’re right.”

Analysts and mainstream publications have taken up the same game of translation. “So, having read and listened to the more serious arguments for ‘defunding’ (but not really defunding) the police, I think the term a lot of these folks should use is ‘Reinvent’ the police,’” Jonah Goldberg pronounced Tuesday. The New York Times, in a story about activists who want to defund and disband the Minneapolis Police Department, and a city council that has taken up this demand, bluntly appraised their demands like this: “Protesters’ cries to defund or abolish the police are often not meant literally.” 

The Minneapolis group MPD150, along with the abolitionists whose work brought us to a moment in which “defund the police” is a demand being considered on soft-focus morning news shows, do mean it literally, though. They are explicitly working toward a “Police-Free Future.” Before the police killing of Floyd, they and other Minneapolis-based groups called for an end to the police department. Not a reconfiguring, not an adjustment that is more judicious about where or when to dispense cops—an end. It’s just new that public officials are actually responding. “This is a moment that’s going to go down in history as a landmark in the police and prison abolition movement,” Tony Williams, a member of MPD150, told The Guardian. “It’s pretty clear the political will is here, and they can’t stop it.” 

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U.S. Port Workers Stop Work in Protest of George Floyd Killing

Dockworkers across the country stopped work today in a show of support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stopped work and lay down their tools Tuesday morning for an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence in honor of George Floyd and all victims of police brutality.

The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL?CIO (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX), representing employers of the East and Gulf Coast longshore industry, also stopped work for a “peaceful protest hour” at all ports from Maine to Texas.

The ILWU represents dockworkers primarily on the U.S. West Coast with approximately 40,000 members in 50 local unions in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as British Columbia, Canada.

“Our union has a long history of confronting racism on the job, in our communities and around the world,” said ILWU International President Willie Adams in a letter to ILWU Coast Longshore Division.  “Today we’re joining millions of people who are demanding justice and fundamental change.”.....


"Johnson & Johnson announced on Instagram that it will launch a range of bandages in 'light, medium and deep shades of Brown and Black skin tones that embrace the beauty of diverse skin..."


Another band-aid solution to systemic racism.


"Peel Officer who shot D'Andre Campbell refusing to speak to SIU 2 months after fatal Brampton shooting."



"Toronto cop arrested in human trafficking investigation involving a 16 year old girl."


Pigs will be pigs. No wonder the chief is taking early retirement. Defund the mofo police!

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I found this link on Judy Rebick's Twitter. I've compiled it here...


"Want to know why it’s so hard for #cops to be ‘good apples’...


It was 2007 and I was assisting a call with an officer I’d never met before. He was from another team working overtime. Right in front of me he broke a kids nose with a punch. The septum was clearly deviated and blood was everywhere. The kid was handcuffed and the officer enquired of me “what should ‘we’ arrest him for?” “What did he do?” I enquired. “He called me a name.” he said. After 20 mins of him trying to persuade me we should fabricate a crime he had to let the kid go. “We need to do notes, get our story straight” he then told me. I don’t need assistance in writing what happened. I found a quiet place and wrote the facts. As I wrote I was joined by a female A/Sgt who knew this officer. She spent 20 mins trying to convince me this kid was a “shitbag” & my notes should ‘reflect the danger he posed’. I was disgusted. We don’t behave this way. I went to the Platoon Commander and provide a statement for the assault I’d witnessed. An investigation commenced, one which should have been forwarded to 



The investigator asked me questions like “How do you know his nose was broken?” and “Where did you get your medical degree?” (seriously?) Then came the result, a phone call from the Suptintendent whilst I was home. “Paul, our investigation is complete and you’ve been found guilt of misconduct in that you failed to communicate with a colleague. A verbal warning will be put on file. Be careful in the future.” When I got back to work I was move from my team, and away from my friends, to this officers team. Officers just point blank refused to talk to me and I went to many calls by myself, without backup. Then a message from another officer on team to meet him. He told me how we “look after” each other on this team. “Don’t stab each other in the back.” Then for some fucked up reason, he dropped the ‘n-bomb’ out of nowhere. I just drove off leaving him sat there. Then I was called into the Deputy Chiefs office, with the same Superintendent and my Union rep. In front of both he told me to “be careful what you say in the future or you might not get backup when you need it.” I was an A/Inspector when I left the Met in 2005 to move to #Canada, but my appraisal that year reflected incompetence and unworthiness of the position of constable. Every position or course I applied for I was refused. I continued to #whistleblow until the Chief told me “You really have no concept of brotherhood, do you? Then I whistleblew #anonymous. 2015ish after going off sick with #PTSD from an attempt murder I went public with everything, to be met with a ‘covert operation’ by not only senior management by member of the City council and lawyers, telling anyone who would listen I’m “nuts, crazy and delusional.” This is how they deal with officers who tried to do the right thing. Two warrants on my home, numerous criminal investigation and one arrest later and I’ll still do the right thing no matter what they try and do to me. The officer who broke that kids nose is now a Sergeant, probably helping others cover up their wrongdoings. Me, I’m off sick and will probably never find gainful employment again. Was it worth it. Fuck, no! Would I do the same? Fuck, yes! Would I advise other officers to break the ‘blue wall of silence.’ Well thats for them to decide, but it will end your career. 


Until you offer protection for ‘good apples’ you asking them to give up their careers b/c of someone elses wrongdoing."


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WATCH: "Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to replace the police department with a community-led public safety system. Councillor Alondra Cano has campaigned to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd's death. We speak to her on the phone..."



Mi'kmaq Chief Says Community Member Fatally Shot by NB RCMP


"I can confirm that the RCMP shot and killed one of our community members tonight,' said Metepenagiag FN Chief..."


Killing Indigenous people for Canada since 1873.


'There Goes Wendys' (and vid)


The Wendys where Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshad Brooks has been lit on fire by protesters.


Yannick Marshall on Anti-Colonial Rebellion and Pushing Back Against Liberal Cooption (and podcast)


'let's not burn the plantation, let's ask them to provide a warning before they whip...'

"In this episode of It's Going Down podcast, we speak with Giovanni Marshall, an author, poet, educator and contributor to Black Perspectives. We discuss the ongoing rebellion and broadly about what support looks like as the liberal manager class attempts to grab control over the movement and funnel it back into the existing system."


Two Perspectives on Defining Systemic Racism in the RCMP (and vid)


"Pam Palmater on CBC laying down some facts and calling out Canadian complacency regarding white supremacist ideology that manifests as police brutality."


"No. Black and Indigenous struggles are interlocking and interconnected. All of us stand to gain from the growing movement to Defund The Police. No to this analysis that pits us against one another as we organize collectively for abolition, decolonization and a police free world."


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WATCH: "Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to replace the police department with a community-led public safety system. Councillor Alondra Cano has campaigned to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd's death. We speak to her on the phone..."


..nice. hopeful. 

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Anti-racism walks held in Shetland

It comes after the organisers of Shetland's main Up Helly Aa festival said blackface "will not be tolerated".

Ellie Ratter, from Brae, had written to the festivals across Shetland asking them to formally ban squads from using blackface in their acts.

She took action after pictures showing its use were posted online in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

From Unst to Fair Isle, hundreds of marchers took part in a series of anti-racism walks near their homes while observing social distancing.

Under the banner, "Shetland wi Black Lives Matter", people from over 50 communities picked up posters from collection points during their walk.....

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Churchill *was* a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘mass murderer.’ Those are simply historical facts

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Demonstration against law 21 in front of François Legault's office

More than a hundred people gathered Sunday outside the office of Prime Minister François Legault in Montreal to denounce Bill 21, a year after its controversial adoption under the gag order.

The signs were varied, and French was predominant. "Dignity, equality and security for all", could be read on a small poster. Another: "Law 21 = systemic racism". A third simply said, "My veil, my choice. "

Teacher Bouchera Chelbi came to the microphone to denounce Law 21, a “sexist” law, because in reality it mainly targets women who wear the hijab, she said.

“Giving up on Law 21 would open the door to change. There is a lot of talk about equality these days. It is time for the boots to follow the lips. "

A representative of the Justice Women group has released disturbing statistics on the effect of Law 21: the group received 60 complaints for bullying on social networks and more than 300 complaints for contemptuous looks and remarks received by Quebecers wearing the hijab in public transport, and who no longer feel safe there. "More than 30 people have given up teaching jobs, and 15 have agreed to take off their hijab to be able to work, and are suffering in silence," the group noted.

"A year later, we can see that this law and a solution that is still looking for a problem," says Justice Femme, who points out that women victims do not file complaints for lack of confidence "in a government whose politicians are the source of the problems they face. "


On Contact: Analysis of George Floyd Protests (and vid)


"On the show today, Chris Hedges discusses the George Floyd protests erupting in 140 American cities with Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report."


London Breed Pushes San Francisco Reforms: Police No Longer Will Respond To Non-Criminal Calls


"San Francisco police officers will be replaced with trained, unarmed professionals to respond to calls for help on non-criminal matters involving mental health, the homeless, school discipline and neighbor disputes, as part of a new wave of police reform. That change and others, which will be implemented over the coming months, are part of a plan by Mayor London Breed to try to reduce police confrontations with the community. Breed unveiled her proposals after weeks of massive protests over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis..."

If true another significant community reform package, which if implemented, should be repeated or improved upon in other jurisdictions. Toronto could/should do at least as well. Here's hoping they and other cities in Canada can be induced to overcome their political fear and trepidation of the police,their unions and elites to deliver the same substantial and necessary changes demanded by the present mass mobilizations.

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On Contact: Analysis of George Floyd Protests (and vid)


"On the show today, Chris Hedges discusses the George Floyd protests erupting in 140 American cities with Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report."

..good discussion


Abolish the RCMP!


"Canada should declassify, deconstruct and defund the RCMP. Governments won't simply give us what we want - we must force the change we need..."


Police Must Answer To The Community (podcast)


"The demand for community control of police ushers in a new stage of struggle, in which young people are imagining a world where these tremendous initiatives of imperialism and the police state are gone,' said Max Rameau, an activist with Pan African Community Action (PACA), in Washington, DC: The PACA proposal would oversee police hiring, firing and approaches by a board chosen from communities at random, like jurors..."


Prof Angela Davis on Black Lives Matter Protests, Trump vs Biden & Defunding the Police (and vid)


"We have to have an abolitionist imagination if we wish to guarantee a future...And this moment has been a long time coming."




Senator Calls For RCMP Commissioner Lucki To Resign or Be Fired (and vid)


"Senator Lilian Dyck is calling for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to resign or be fired after her comments on systemic racism within the national police force..."

Disband the RCMP.


Riots: The Language of the Unheard (and vid) *Must Watch!*


"Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by American political activist Ajamu Baraka and author and editor of Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley, to discuss the ongoing racial tensions in America."


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Justice for Eishia Hudson/Not another indigenous life protest

6 PM, Friday, June 19

Manitoba Legislative Building

We will be holding a peaceful protest/rally in regards to “JUSTICE FOR EISHIA! NOT ANOTHER INDIGENOUS LIFE“. Please come out and show your support! We need to get together to help stop the racism & the police brutality against indigenous lives! We will be starting at the legislature for 6pm with traditional teachings.

Miigwetch to everyone who comes to show your support!




Dene man beaten by RCMP day after Yellowknife anti-racism march

I hate these neutral sounding headlines when it comes to police, as if someone walking around with literal boot marks on his face and a history of police violence is lying!

After the police, the military is next.


'Do I Believe We Can Have A Police-Free Future In Our Lifetime? Absolutely...'


"Policing expert Robyn Maynard on how defunding would work in practice. 'It's not that we don't need safety. But police have not brought us that safety, and we need to look elsewhere..."


Watch Our Panel 'Defunding the Police' (and vid)


"A discussion on reprioritizing city investments as we build a just Toronto..."

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Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged with Murder

In Georgia, prosecutors have charged former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe with 11 counts — including felony murder — for the shooting death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot twice in the back outside a Wendy’s restaurant on June 12. The charges carry a sentence of life in prison, or even the death penalty. A second officer involved in the killing, Devin Brosnan, will be charged with aggravated assault. Prosecutors said he has agreed to turn state’s witness and testify against Rolfe, but Brosnan’s lawyer disputes this claim.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard on Wednesday revealed a photo of Rolfe kicking Brooks as he lay bleeding on the pavement, saying both officers failed to give Brooks any medical attention for more than two minutes.

Paul Howard Jr.: “During the two minutes and 12 seconds, that Officer Rolfe actually kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life. … From the videotape, we were able to see that the other officer, Officer Brosnan, actually stood on Mr. Brooks’s shoulders while he was there struggling for his life.”

The Guardian reports that officer Garrett Rolfe was previously accused of covering up a 2015 shooting along with two other officers. Rolfe and the other officers reportedly opened fire on a Black man named Jackie Jermaine Harris while chasing him for driving a stolen truck. The officers hit Harris once, puncturing his lung, but never reported the shooting.

On Wednesday night, a number of Atlanta police officers staged a “sick out” and refused to show up for their usual shifts to protest the criminal charges against the two officers.

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Trump Calls Protesters “Anarchists, Terrorists and Looters” as Vigilantes Attack Peaceful Marches

Protests against racism and police brutality continue across the United States — and continue to make political gains. Officials in East Lansing, Michigan; Duluth, Minnesota; Eugene, Oregon; Columbus, Ohio; and elsewhere are moving to ban police officers from schoolhouses.

Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order declaring Juneteenth — a day celebrating African Americans’ liberation from slavery — as a holiday for state employees.

Meanwhile, President Trump continued to demonize Black Lives Matter protesters, telling Fox News Wednesday their efforts were losing steam.

President Donald Trump: “The protesters and anarchists and terrorists and looters and all of the people that were marching on various locations over the last couple of weeks, that’s died down. They’ve lost some energy. That’s good, but — because many of them don’t even know what they’re protesting, frankly.”

Trump’s remarks came as Black Lives Matter protesters continue to be attacked by vigilantes and far-right counterprotesters. In Portland, Oregon, three protesters were injured after a driver plowed into a group marching peacefully downtown early Wednesday. In Taylor, Michigan, one person was injured Tuesday evening after a driver sped through a peaceful protest, crushing one demonstrator’s bicycle. And earlier this week, officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, displayed assault rifles, handguns, knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition seized from members of a far-right militia group that meanaced a peaceful protest on Monday. One protester was shot and hospitalized in critical condition.

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George Floyd’s Brother Calls on United Nations to Probe U.S. Racism and Police Brutality

In Geneva, the brother of George Floyd on Wednesday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to set up a commission of inquiry into racism and police brutality in the United States. Philonise Floyd spoke by video link.

Philonise Floyd: “When people dared to raise their voice and protest for my brother, they were tear-gassed, run over with police vehicles. Several people lost eyes and suffered brain damage to rubber bullets. Peaceful protesters were shot and killed by police. Journalists were beaten and blinded when they tried to show the world the brutality happening at the protests. When people raise their voices to protest the treatment of Black people in America, they are silenced. They are shot and killed.”

There was no United States representative present as Philonise Floyd spoke, since the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2018.

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Murder Charge for Atlanta Cop Who Shot & Killed Rayshard Brooks Shows the “Power of a Movement”


RASHAD ROBINSON: Yes, absolutely. I mean, you all talk about these issues all the time. But yes, having corporate media say, “Oh, now it’s time,” was important.

I mean, one of the things I wrote about in there was exactly this issue around Fraternal Order of Police, and was able to tell the story, after talking with a set of DAs, about some of the real barriers, the barriers of whether it’s prisons that lobby against the reforms because they don’t want to reduce the size, or the towns that need and rely on prisons, whether it’s the judges that don’t want their sort of legacies undermined by prosecutors who are actually looking at a new vision for safety and justice, and a country that has 4% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.

Or the story that I told in the op-ed piece about the Fraternal Order of Police in Cook County, who marched on the first Black woman DA, Kim Foxx. They marched on her with four white nationalist groups, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. They marched on her in front of her office. They took pictures of Kim Foxx’s face, and they rubbed those pictures on their crotch in front of her office. And then these police officers, with their badges and their guns, go back into our communities, and we are expected to trust them, while they make threats and attacks on a Black woman law enforcement official, the elected official in the county, that the people sent there to actually deliver safety and justice.

This is what our communities consistently have to deal with in terms of people who are given authority to kill us, that have no rules and no respect for us. And that has to change. And the public of all races have to stand up and join us, because police have too much control of our lives, and, in particular, Black people’s lives, but all of our lives. And they have failed in their fundamental responsibility.

And no industry whatsoever is given the ability to violate so many rules and laws and get away with it. And it’s not just the rules that they violate when they have their badge and their gun on. It’s the domestic violence that the union stand with the police officers with when they commit outside of uniform. And it’s all the ways in which these folks are given a different level of pass. We can no longer accept it. People have been killed, and people are dying, and our communities are not safe as a result.



You know, we have a huge problem because we can’t actually trust law enforcement, because, according to the FBI — the FBI has even published reports about the rise of white nationalism and white supremacy inside of law enforcement. And the fact of the matter is, is that because law enforcement wants to tell us, on one hand, that it’s bad apples, but, on the other hand, we know for a fact that it’s a system and a structure which has both welcomed white nationalists and white supremacists into their fold and protected them at every turn through the ways in which the Fraternal Order of Police and other police unions have been able to create immunity and all sorts of other sort of structures to prevent any accountability, what we know is that even when these situations come up and officials tell us what they think happens, we have no reason to believe them, because at every single turn they have violated our trust. And even when we’ve had video of police officers shooting and killing us, they tell stories and lies about it, while we can see what actually happened with our own eyes.

And so, we are at a sort of really challenging kind of position, in that we see these incidents happening, we know these incidents are happening, we know the legacy of violence and terror on our community, and then there are sort of not the sort of avenues that one would expect in 2020 to actually deal with these incidents and investigate them and ensure that those who may have been responsible or may have been involved are held accountable.


Chris Hedges: Seeing Through Faux-Solidarity Performance Stunts of Politicians and Corporations


"The people in the streets get it..."

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Cuba Condemns US Systemic Racism at the UN Human Rights Council

Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva Wednesday denounced the systemic racism and police brutality prevailing in the United States before the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

 “The reality is that racism and police violence against Black people and minorities are not exceptions or errors within that system. They are the system!” Pedroso said.

The Cuban diplomat stressed George Floyd’s murder was not an isolated event, but a consequence of recurrent human rights violations. He also explained that Black communities face economic and social disparity due to centuries of systemic racism.
“We hope that these unfortunate events will mark a turning point in the future in the fight against racism, discrimination and the abuse of Black people,” Pedroso stated....

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Police Free Schools are Safer Schools: The end of policing in Vancouver schools

Recent high-profile murders of Black and Indigenous people by police officers in both the US(1) and Canada(2) have catalyzed a much-needed public conversation(3) about systemic racism, especially anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. Unprecedented demonstrations in major cities around the world form the backdrop to growing calls to question the role and mandate of the police(4) in our society. We owe it to children and youth to carry forward these important conversations into schools.

As parents, educators, and community members, we want schools to be places where all children and youth feel welcome, safe, and valued. We want to believe that this is already the case, but many Black, Indigenous, and racialized students and their families do not feel safe at schools where police are present. Recent research demonstrates the ineffectiveness and negative impacts of SLOs in schools. We call for the immediate end to School Liaison Officer Programs and the redirection of investments into community-led programs in schools.

Whatever we wish to be true about the police, the roots of modern policing are grounded in harm. As policing expert Robyn Maynard observes, the RCMP was created to clear the plains as part of the project of Indigenous genocide.(5) The ongoing racism and abuses of power in these institutions today is well documented. BC has the highest rate of police-involved deaths per capita in the country.(6) Further, Indigenous and Black communities are over-represented in racial profiling and carding practices,(7) as well as in prisons.(8) In 2017, Indigenous people accounted for over 16% of street checks, despite making up 2% of Vancouver’s population, and Black people accounted for 5% of street checks, despite accounting for only 1% of the population.(9)

It is thus not surprising that SLOs are disproportionately placed in schools with more Black, Indigenous, marginalized, and low-income students,(10) who already experience over-policing. Police can enter classrooms without a teacher’s consent, and they are involved in everything from school trips to career days to clubs targeted at low-income students. Different cultural codes and normative teen behaviour such as gathering in groups is labelled as threatening or deviant by SLOs in these contexts, resulting in heightened levels of surveillance and students being labelled as “high risk” and consequently criminalized as part of the school-to-prison pipeline. The Canadian Pediatric Society recently stated that “racism is a social determinant of health that undermines adolescent development and has a profound and lifelong impact on youth and their health status.”(11) If school boards and trustees truly care about the wellbeing of all students, they must address the negative impacts that police presence in schools has on racialized students.

Take, for example, the testimony of secondary student Haleluya Hailu. As she writes in Burnaby Now: “As a black woman, as a student and, at the end of the day, just a person. Going back to my half-empty classrooms, the last thing I want to see is a RCMP officer staring back at me. If you feel reassured by a badge and a gun, that is a privilege that I wish I could have.”(12).....

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Vancouver school board will consider banning police from schools

Vancouver school trustees will be drafting a motion to review police in schools after elementary school teachers voted against inviting VPD or RCMP officers to school events.

The motion comes amidst North America-wide protests that have drawn attention to police brutality and racial profiling of Black and Indigenous people. The protests were initially sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, but quickly spread to other countries.

On Tuesday, members of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association passed a motion that called for “no VPD or RCMP officers be invited to school events and that members no longer plan or attend events where VPD or RCMP officers are invited, until both organizations take clear steps to address the disproportionate repression of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.”.....

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What Would It Mean To Defund The Police?


How will we be safe if we defund the police?

Black activists are not saying that we need to do away with publicly provided safety services. Instead, we are acknowledging a very troublesome truth: at best, most police services do not keep any of us very safe. At worst, they target, brutalize and kill Black and Indigenous people. When we say Black lives matter, we are saying that our lives are worth considering a new way to provide safety and security services in our society.

Canadians spend more than $41 million per day on policing, but Statistics Canada estimates that up to 80 percent of calls for police services in Canada are non-criminal “calls for service.” That means that the police spend most of their time attending to alarms, disturbances, traffic accidents, overdoses and mental health-related issues. Most of these issues can be serviced by a civilian service or medical provider with specialized, more effective training.

Despite the lack of danger inherent in the majority of what police do, police too often use lethal force. That’s especially true if they encounter Black and Indigenous people during a call for service. D’Andre Campbell, for example, was killed in April after calling the police to help with a mental health crisis. Toronto’s Andrew Loku and Montreal’s Pierre Coriolan were both experiencing mental distress when they were killed by police officers. In Ottawa, Abdirahman Abdi was having a mental health crisis right before police officer Daniel Montison allegedly beat him to death with knuckle-plated gloves in 2016.


But who will I call to help with a burglary or sexual assault?

Let’s consider what happens currently. Police are typically responding to burglaries after they occur—not sweeping in to catch thieves in the act. You might be surprised to learn that police in Canada “clear” a shocking less than 16 percent of cases of burglary and theft, and that “clear” does not mean “solve.” It only means that a charge is laid. Right now, your insurance company is far more useful in the case of a burglary or theft than the police.

And the statistics for gender-based violence are far worse. Less than 10 percent of sexual assaults are reported to the police, and those who do report their experiences are often dismissed or mistreated.

Policing is not an effective service for either of these issues. Shouldn’t their role be reevaluated?

What will we do instead?

Police services cost Canadians $15.1 billion per year. If we were to defund the police, we could put that money into new services that would better serve our safety and security needs. We could afford to create front-line emergency services for mental health and sexual assault, along with investigation services—for murders, theft, violent crime—that do not fail as often as the police do.

And we could create safety and security services that actually serve Black and Indigenous people rather than killing us. We also deserve to have our community safety and security needs attended to, but our only option now is far too perilous. Black lives matter. We have an obligation to refuse to fund a service that treats us as though we do not.

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The 'Palestinian Chair': Exposing the Israeli's Direct Role in US Violence


"...The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers is, once more, shedding light on US-Israeli collaboration in the fields of security and crowd-control. The fact that thousands of [North] American police officers have been trained by Israelis, thus the burgeoning of violent military-like tactics used against ordinary Americans, is only one link in a long chain of deadly exchanges..."

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..i understand some of the east coast shut down as well.

Union workers shut down West Coast ports in support of Juneteenth

Ports along the West Coast of Canada and the United States are quiet as workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stop operations to support racial equality and social justice.

A statement from the union says the eight-hour action honours Juneteenth, the celebration of the liberation of slaves in the United States in 1865 that is commemorated on June 19.

The union has 60,000 members who work in ports in Alaska, British Columbia, south to California and in Hawaii.

A statement posted by the Canadian union, which is autonomous from its U.S. counterpart, says the organizations have "a proud history of defending the rights and dignity of people.''

In the United States, the traditional day of celebration turned into one of protest Friday as Americans marked Juneteenth after widespread demonstrations against police brutality and racism.

In addition to the traditional cookouts and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation — the Civil War-era order that declared all slaves free in Confederate territory — Americans were marching, holding sit-ins or car-caravan protests.

Demonstrations in Toronto

In Toronto, hundreds of protesters staged a peaceful sit in where they blocked two major downtown roads.

There was a festive atmosphere with songs playing from loudspeakers, protesters dancing and people shouting anti-racism slogans in front of Toronto police headquarters.

People wrote "defund the police'' and "no justice, no peace'' in chalk on the road in front of the police station, and protesters chanted "Black lives, they matter here.''.....

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Oppose the Return to Fare Enforcement on the TTC

Free Transit Toronto

In Toronto, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) has long made the link between transit fare enforcement and racism. TTCriders also connect transit advocacy and anti-racism, emphasizing that transit underfunding and transit enforcement has especially negative consequences for Black people. They reiterate their longstanding demand for adequate transit funding and criticize the TTC’s decision to reinstate fare enforcement on Toronto transit routes on July 2, a decision that will hit hard the essential workers who have faced both the pandemic and overcrowding, particularly on suburban bus routes.

Like JFAAP and TTCriders, Free Transit Toronto opposes the return to fare enforcement.

Like many organizers across Toronto, Canada, and the US, we also support the demands to defund police forces that have proliferated across the globe following the revolts and mass mobilizations in late May and early June in support of Regis Korchinksi-Paquet, George Floyd, Adama Traoré, and countless others.

In Toronto, Desmond Cole, Sandy Hudson, and Robyn Maynard have all argued that a response to police violence and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism cannot stop at demands for police reform. It must concentrate on removing the various forms of leverage repressive state institutions and individual cops have at their disposal: budgets, arms, legal authority, protocols of engagement.

It is crucial to identify the leverage that makes aggressive and racist fare enforcement possible.

One is the existence of fare enforcement officers and the legal powers they stand on. The other is the fare itself. The addiction to fare-box revenues is a crucial factor pushing transit agencies to behave as if they were private businesses, prioritizing fare collection at all cost. For this reason, it is imperative to oppose fare enforcement by demanding free transit and increased transit funding to expand service levels....

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Thousands of anti-racist dockworkers have shut down a port in Oakland as workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union went on strike at 29 ports along the West Coast of the United States to protest against racist police violence and exploitation. ⁠

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..aptn report


Former skinhead says white supremacy is part of Canadian identity

A former neo-Nazi skinhead who left that world to become a lawyer says people should be more concerned with the rise of hate speech in Canada.

But Dan Gallant isn’t surprised by the lack of concern because he believes white supremacy has always been part of the Canadian identity.

“We have a system based on white supremacy, that’s founded on white supremacy and continues the effects of white supremacy and continues racist law,” he said.

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'They'd Have Machine Guns Out For The' : Trump Says CHAZ Would Have No Chance if Right Wing Instead of Anarchists Occupying Seattle


"I have an offer out - any time you want, we'll come in, we'll straighten it out in one hour or less..."


They will be set up to demonstrate the necessity of 'law and order'.