ANTI-BLACK RACISM RESOURCES

Anti-Black Racism

As a union of artists and story tellers, we believe storytelling is at its most powerful when it includes and connects people. We will continue to support, promote and celebrate the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) creators. We will continue to advocate, to listen and fight for justice equality, inclusion, and lasting change in our society.

Excerpted from ACTRA Toronto Statement on Racism and Discrimination

 

1: Black Owned Businesses to Support In Canadahttps://www.afrobiz.ca/

-Desmond Cole writes about the death of Regis Korchiniski-Paquet and the role Toronto Police played in her death: https://thatsatruestory.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/regis-korchinski-paquet-fell-to-her-death-last-night-her-family-says-the-police-killed-her/

 

2: After you’ve read that contact your local city councillor, Mayor Tory and SIU Lead Investigator Monica Hudon and demand justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet and a full investigation into the Toronto Police Force. Contact: John Tory at: 416-397-2489 or mayor_tory@toronto.ca Monica Hudon: monica.hudon@ontario.ca  You can find who your city councillor is here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/council/members-of-council/     

*Here is an offering of a letter template to get you started: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13A98ib-oLX2usRzd64PGNuXML8axmwE0GnXvFjv4lEU/edit?usp=sharing

Here is the latest update on the case from BlogTO: https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/06/latest-update-regis-korchinski-paquet/

And the SIU’s Update: https://www.siu.on.ca/en/news_template.php?nrid=5724

 

3: Other steps you can take to push for justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet-

        -Call & Email Gord Perks, City Councillor for Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park

        416-392-7919, councillor_perks@toronto.ca

        -Contact Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale-High Park

        416-763-5630
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Call and Email Arif Virani, MP for High Park 416-763-5630

        -Urge the SIU for transparency and accountability in handling her case

        1-800-787-8529 or 416-622-0748

        https://www.siu.on.ca/en/contact.php

        Address concerns to: SIU Director Joseph Martino

        -Call and Email the MPP responsible for the SIU Caroline Mulroney: 416-327-9200

        

4: Write to the Toronto Police Services Budget Committee and your city councillor to re-evaluate and better allocate money that goes to TP. Here is a letter template to copy, add your name and send. There is a LIST of Councillors, MP’s and MPP’s to write to. It will take you no more than 15 minutes to write to them all.

 

2020 Toronto Police Budget- Call for Action/Defunding Template

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1roduncOZ_y0C_oWIMIQ6yV-13fZqck0i54RZoPSwYBw/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1cLx9rvMPPoNEmc995H6eCfpRK53eRQ0Om72ayP3uJwGStWY4klHzHwdk

 

*Read Sandy Hudson’s article in HUFFPOST “Defunding the Police Will Save Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada”https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/defund-police-canada-black-indigenous-lives_ca_5ed65eb2c5b6ccd7c56bdf7d

 

*Read this excellent article written by Alex S. Vitale, author of “The End of Policing” explaining why the Only Solution is to Defund the Policehttps://www.thenation.com/article/activism/defund-police-protest/

 

*Listen to this podcast “Sandy & Nora” Abolish the Policehttps://sandyandnora.com/episode-103-abolish-the-police/?fbclid=IwAR16ZQR2IxLWyplbJto47H4nT8rLDHt7b42IsH8j6NEI1JY6EYzAn91bt5A

 

5: Anyone with a Twitter account should be following Desmond Cole, and seek out other social media accounts that fight for racial justice: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 

6: This is an essential reading list, that should have been taught in all our schools but we can catch up now: https://www.elle.com/culture/books/g32687973/black-history-books-reading-list/

 

7:  You can stream this Doc “The Skin We’re In” on CBC Gem:  https://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/m_episodes/the-skin-were-in

 

8: You can also order the book version of it, written by Desmond Cole here: https://bookmanager.com/queenbk/?searchtype=keyword&qs=The+Skin+we%27re+in&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword

 

9: If you’re wondering what you can do in Canada to support radicalized front line workers, CALL your MP today and tell them you support 10 permanent paid sick days for workers *Legislate Immediately* #paidsickdayssavelives  

 

-Go to this website for more information and a script on what to say, the phone call takes all of 10 minutes and will make a difference: https://www.15andfairness.org/keepfightingforsickdays

 

10: Books that are big in our household are:

"The End of Policing" by: Alex S. Vitale Here is a link to the free e-book made available from Verso Books: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2426-the-end-of-policing?fbclid=IwAR3TVK1yy2MLLMskRBhjOVvk6DXevrTRHHmmBrxEjvgiGfiBszgZ0mhdKtc

 

"So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

"Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein

“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

“Women, Race, & Class” by Angela Y. Davis

 

*All are wildly relevant and give you active ways to more deeply understand the history and your role in the present and future. I would start with “So You Want To Talk About Race”, it is almost like a town hall in the way she breaks things down. Vital reading.

 

11: Learn about or donate to Communities Against Police Brutalityhttps://www.cuapb.org/ 

 

12: This is their FREE Course called Police Brutality 101https://www.cuapb.org/pb101

 

13: Do the research to understand the origin of the police force, both in the US and here in Canada.

 

14: Get to know and support these Toronto Organizations putting Black Lives at the centre:

        -NIA Centre for the Artshttps://niacentre.org/

-Black Women In Motion- Youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence: https://blackwomeninmotion.org/

-Black Youth Help Line- focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada: https://blackyouth.ca/

-Black Legal Action Centre- a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents in Ontario: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

-Freedom School Toronto- a youth and parent led initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-black racism in the school system and to create educational alternatives for Black children: https://freedomschooltoronto.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1bZRG9V3LRTlm1A4k6cjGuoNE0YBXGFMz_1A-PfqguNkDB3KDobhmOdf4

-Showing Up For Racial Justice Torontois a local chapter of an international organization committed to moving white people and communities into action to support racial justice movements as part of a broader multi-racial majority. https://surjtoronto.com/?fbclid=IwAR3G8hMDRntmfUnpE4zAPqvKotP-uezLoJbVwARX7uQCYdIm5cHa_ToOnx4

-Sundance Harvest: a food justice centred Urban Farm located in Toronto ON, you can also follow the creator of Sundance, Cheyenne Sundance,  on Instagram @sundanceharvest https://www.sundanceharvestfarm.com/

-Carribean African Canadian Social Services: https://cafcan.org/

-TAIBU Community Health Centre: provides primary health care and related services for Black populations across the Greater Toronto Area as its priority population and residents of the local community of Malvern.

http://taibuchc.ca/en/home/

-Black Artists Union- https://www.baucollective.ca/

-Women Of Color in the Arts: http://www.womenofcolorinthearts.org/