Generation Lockdown examines the fallout of the American gun epidemic

Generation Lockdown examines the fallout of the American gun epidemic

By Stephen Weir The fear of gun violence in  schools in the United States is raising students’ stress levels to Code Red.  Generation Lockdown, a new 17-minute film about mass shootings in schools, will in all likelihood scare students, concern parents and make educators wonder if it could happen  in Canada. Lockdown – the protocol […]

Past and present racist violence will shape the way viewers see ‘The Book of Negroes’-Clement Virgo

Past and present racist violence will shape the way  viewers see ‘The Book of Negroes’-Clement Virgo

When Clement Virgo saw the video of a white police officer pressing his knee on a Black man’s neck, he recognized the image immediately. The visual horror of George Floyd’s death is seared into our collective consciousness, the Canadian director says, because it’s symbolic of a hateful, ongoing history. “That’s not the first time that […]

March for Black Students to be held in Toronto on August 3

March for Black Students to be held in Toronto on August 3

Black community groups from across the province of Ontario, along with their supporters, will get together in Toronto for the March for Black Students on Monday August 3 The march is in response to recent announcements by Education Minister  Stephen Lecce about ending streaming in Grade nine  and halting suspensions for K-Grade three students, as […]

Civil rights leader John Lewis dies at 80

Civil rights leader John Lewis dies at 80

ATLANTA , Georgia  –  John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, has died. He was 80. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis’ passing late Friday night, […]

Military issues new orders in bid to crackdown on ‘hateful conduct’

Military issues new orders in  bid to crackdown  on ‘hateful conduct’

OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed Forces has issued new orders to military personnel as senior commanders seek to address allegations of having been soft on hate in the ranks. The orders aim to take a harder line on “hateful conduct” following a rash of high-profile incidents involving military members being publicly linked to hateful actions […]

Town in North Carolina approves reparations for Black residents

Town in North Carolina approves reparations  for Black residents

ASHEVILLE, North  Carolina – Leaders in Asheville, North Carolina, have taken a historic step to repair centuries of racial prejudice by unanimously voting to provide reparations.  The Asheville City Council voted 7-0 on a resolution on Tuesday night that formally apologized to its Black residents for the city’s role in slavery, discriminatory housing practices, and […]

Toronto School Board approves funding for Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

Toronto School Board approves funding for Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has  approved funding to create a Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement.  It wil be the first of its kind in public education in Canada, according to a TDSB news release last week. Stating that anti-Black racism is deeply entrenched in Canadian institutions, including TDBS schools, the  the  […]

Brock President Gervan Fearon receives Vice-Chancellor’s Award from University of the West Indies

Brock President Gervan Fearon receives Vice-Chancellor’s Award from University of the West Indies

By Michelle Pressé Brock University President Gervan Fearon has received the University of West Indies (UWI) 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Award. The 11th annual University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala was originally to be held in early April, but was instead postponed and held virtually on Saturday, June 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fearon’s […]

Support the Equal Justice Initiative

Support the Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and best-selling author of Just […]

‘Defunding’ police and funding mental health resources will save lives, experts say

‘Defunding’ police and funding mental health resources  will save lives, experts say

The recent death of a Toronto woman who fell from her 24th-floor balcony while police were in her home has renewed calls for an overhaul of how society deals with people in mental health crises. Some experts believe “defunding” police – taking some of the taxpayer money going to law enforcement and putting it towards […]

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