(PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Pueyo) Black Lives Matter (BLM) - Canada announced earlier this month, a 10,000-square-foot Victorian building would become the new home for the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism. A soft launch was held on Wednesday with an emphasis on nurturing creativity to birth ideas of resistance. But some are questioning just how radical BLM - Canada can get with its ideas, when it has agreed to accept funding from the state. There are also lingering questions being asked around the parent organization, BLM Global Network’s financial transparency.
There’s a misconception of this current moment, a misplaced assumption that Black people have been waiting for white people to emotionally break open in front us. No, we’ve been asking you to be our co-conspirators in dismantling systemic and institutionalised racism. We’ve been asking you to sit in the discomfort that comes with this work.
Until you lose a loved one, it is difficult to describe the process of grieving. There is no set amount of time or an established ritual. Some people seem like they don’t grieve at all but perhaps they suffer internally, while others navigate through all the emotions associated with loss, like depression or anxiety and you can see their pain for months and sometimes years.
The alarm goes off, and the first thing I grab is my phone, a habit that I’ve tried to break so many times. These last few weeks, I often sift through Twitter and Instagram, looking for new developments about COVID-19 -- there is always something in the back of my mind that knows social media isn’t a safe place, as it’s often the place where I gain information about yet another Black person whose life was taken due to police brutality.
STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF REGIS FROM THE KORCHINSKI-PAQUET FAMILY
On Wednesday May 27, 2020 at approximately 5pm a 911 call was made by a concerned mother Claudette Beals-Clayton, for the safety and well-being of her child Regis Korchinski-Paquet.
Regis was in distress over a family conflict and her mother sought police assistance to bring calm to the situation.
The first time my husband was pulled over by police, he was on his way to pick me up from work. We had been talking on the phone when he said to me, “Babe, a cop just stopped me. I’ll call you back.”
The 14th biennial Rock.Paper.Sistahz Festival opens today at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Trinidadian-Canadian writer and performer Fiona Clarke is the playwright behind Broken Windows, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the shooting in the U.S. of a Muslim family over a parking ticket.