Organizers are holding events in cities across Canada tomorrow, Wednesday August 24, to demand justice for Abdirahman Abdi, killed by Ottawa police on Sunday July 24, 2016.
The cities include Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and (virtually) Vancouver.
Then on Thursday August 25, a Black Community Town Hall and Healing Forum will be held in Ottawa.
In addition, the Justice For Abdirahman Coalition are asking people to contact their elected representatives to let them know they stand in solidarity with the Abdi family.
Details for each of the above follow:
* LIST OF ACTIONS (7 cities) for WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24
Ontario FB events: https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatterTO/events
* WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24 media advisory from BLACK LIVES MATTER TORONTO:
Includes media contacts from BLM-TO, and listing of all actions
* JUSTICE FOR ABDIRAHMAN coalition (Ottawa) EMAIL CAMPAIGN
The Justice For Abdirahman Coalition is asking people to contact their elected representatives to let them know they stand in solidarity with the Abdi family. A user-friendly online email campaign can be found at www.justiceforabdirahman.ca
* OTTAWA BLACK TOWN HALL info for THURSDAY AUGUST 25:
Black Town Hall and Healing Forum, Thursday 25/08/2016
6-8pm @ 945 Wellington St. W, Community Room
The Canadian Somali Mothers Association (CSMA) invites anyone and everyone from the black communities of Ottawa to a discussion on collective healing, self-care, and justice following the tragic death of Abdirahman Abdi.
The panelists will discuss anti-blackness in Canada, safety, social and economic inequity that black peoples face on a daily basis, and the effects of systemic inequity on black/racialized peoples mental health and well-being.
The forum will also invite members of Ottawa's black communities to an action committee that will continue the quest for justice for Abdirahman and the many black/racialized peoples who have lost their lives to state violence because of anti-black and systemic racism.
Food and refreshments will be served.
* RELEVANT MEDIA
Cole: We need not wait to judge police behaviour in Abdi's death
Let death of Abdirahman Abdi be last of its kind
Podcast: Anti-Black sanism in the police killing of Abdirahman Abdi, and more broadly
Racism forum on the black experience in Ottawa draws big crowd
The Lynching of Abdirahman Abdi: A Story in Two Acts
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