In cities across Canada tonight and in December, there will events to express solidarity with the residents of Ferguson, MO as they cope with last night’s grand jury decision in which white police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the August death of an unarmed black man named Michael Brown.
The Grand Jury's decision ignited protests in Ferguson, in which police used tear gas and violence to subdue protesters, arresting 61 people.
Activists soon began to march through the streets in several major U.S. cities such as New York, L.A., and Philadelphia, with social media protests adopting the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Canada, of course, has had notable incidents of police brutality toward Black and Indigenous people. This September, a black man from Brampton, Ont. named Jermaine Carby was fatally shot by Peel regional police.
Here is a list of vigils, actions, marches, and protests to decry police brutality, racism and the grand jury decision:
November 26: Halifax Vigil for Michael Brown - Black Lives Matter. 7:00 p.m. meet at the Halifax Commons, near the Emerald Oval.Bring a mason jar, tea light, and BBQ lighter. We will meet in solidarity to protest peacefully.
Tonight: Ottawa Vigil for Mike Brown - #BlackLivesMatter, U.S. Embassy, 490 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ont. 6:00 p.m. If attending, please wear all black.
Tonight: Rally to Stop Violence and Demand Justice, Springer Market Square, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, Ont., 5:00 p.m.
Tonight: BLACK LIVES MATTER - KW Protest, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W, Kitchener, Ont. 4:00 p.m.
Tonight: Black Lives Matter – TORONTO PEACEFUL PROTEST ACTION, 361 University Ave. Courthouse, Toronto, Ont. 6:00 p.m. Note: Closest transit station is Osgoode. If attending, please wear black.
Tonight: Black Lives Matter: Candlelight Vigil and Peaceful Protest in Solidarity with Ferguson, McGill Roddick Gates on Sherbrooke and McGill College, Montreal, Que., 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 1, 12:00 p.m.: Black, Brown, Red LIVES Matter, Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. W, Hamilton, Ont.
Tonight: Black Lives Matter Winnipeg Protest, Legislative Grounds, 450 Broadway, 5:00 p.m. Bring signs.
Tonight: BLACK LIVES MATTER – Calgary Peaceful Protest, Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, Alta. 6:00 p.m. If attending, please wear black.
Tonight: Protest for Justice for Mike Brown and Injustices Caused by Racism, Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alta.
Tonight: Black Lives Matter: solidarity from unceded Coast Salish territories for Ferguson, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, B.C., 2:00 p.m.
Francella Fiallos is a fourth year journalism student at Carleton University in Ottawa. She sits on the board of directors for OPIRG-Carleton, edits a campus newspaper, and hosts a radio show on CKCU 93.1 FM in the capital region.
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