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08 Jul 2020

City of Vaughan Residents Call On Mayor To Take Action On Anti-Black Racism

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In unison with the cries for justice and equality of Black lives across the globe a rally was held at Vaughan City Hall, July 4, 2020 to confront anti-Black racism. With the support of the organizers, local support groups and allies: Vaughan African Caribbean Association (VACA), BCFN, Black Lives 4 Change, Italians for Black Lives, etc. the community spoke up about the impact this has on the lives of Black people who call the City of Vaughan home.

26 Jun 2020

Looks Like Whitby's Chamber Of Commerce Didn't Get The Black Lives Matter Memo

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On June 2, 2020, Black Out Tuesday – the secretary of the board of directors for the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC), Julie Armstrong Rennie, posted an All Lives Matter image on her Facebook timeline. The next day, at a virtual networking event hosted by the Chamber, two local Black business owners were invited to speak about issues related to the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the globe. I was one of them.

15 Jun 2020

Becoming Canadian: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Racism

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One of the first things I can remember about moving to Canada (Toronto), was the Molson beer ad: I am Canadian! The slogan was loud, proud and infectious. I wanted to say it and own it with the same gusto.

15 Jun 2020

Hey Allies! You Have One Job: Accept Discomfort

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It’s been three long and painful weeks since Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. In that time, we’ve seen people across America and the world take to the streets in protest of the painfully long list of Black lives snuffed out by police brutality.

14 Jun 2020

Our Right To Heal: A Word From Black Canadian Women Fundraisers

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Black women are magic, but not because of something mystical or mysterious. Our power was born and is reborn in the depths of tragedy, the storms of indignity, the strength of our faith and community. Our magic is in direct proportion to the pain we’ve overcome.

14 Jun 2020

I Don't Need You To See Me - I Need You To See White Supremacy

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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.

04 Jun 2020

Covid19 Plus Protests Plus Personal Grief: How Are We Getting Through It All?

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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. 

02 Jun 2020

Step Your Game Up! How To Support Black Employees During This Time

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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.

01 Jun 2020

What Can I Do To Become An Ally? One Black Canadian Woman Answers

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I don’t want to talk about how horrible the #GeorgeFloyd death is, because it goes without saying how unjust it is. Non-Blacks, you want to know how to be our allies? Let’s talk about tMake no mistake. This rebellion that’s happening, is not just about police brutality. It’s a culmination of the daily injustices and small indignities we endure, that white people turn a blind eye to on a daily basis that helped get things to this level of rage. This isn’t about ONE murder. This is about a lifetime of violence and being ignored in all facets of our…

30 May 2020

Relentless Grief: Black People Are Tired Of Being This Tired

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(PHOTO BY: Nicola Yardy) More and more it feels like to be Black is to be tired. To be living in a heightened sense of fight or flight. It is wholly unfair.  White supremacy is working overtime to break us down. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis a few hours before Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death in Toronto after police entered her apartment.

28 May 2020

George Floyd Remembered As Loving And Trusting Man

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“Breathe out, breathe in American oxygen Every breath I breathe Chasin' this American Dream”

27 May 2020

How Do I Protect My Son From The Amy Coopers Of The World?

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I did not expect to have this conversation in the middle of a pandemic. Somehow, I thought that COVID-19’s suspension of our ordinary lives would provide a reprieve. But then, Ahmaud Arbery was killed. The public outcry in response to the video of his killing became the catalyst for a long-overdue conversation with Sébastien, my 12-year-old son.

27 May 2020

Dear White People, I Can't Do Anything With Your Feelings

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Picture this. Over the course of several weeks, social media feeds are saturated with images and news of the murders and victimization of Black people. You bristle at the word of them being gunned down in their homes (Breonna Taylor). You watch videos of them being shot in the streets while running, literally, for their lives (Ahmaud Arbery). Closer to home, you read the trial of two off duty police officers who maimed a Black teenager (Dafonte Miller), with a lead pipe will begin, only to be tried in relative silence (the verdict now suspended due to Covid-19 closures).

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