Who we are

About blac

Established in 2017, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is an independent not-for-profit community legal clinic that combats individual and systemic anti-Black racism by providing free legal services, conducting research, developing public legal education materials, and engaging in test case litigation and law reform.

 

ANTI-BLACK RACISM

We define anti-Black racism as policies and practices embedded within Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination that is directed at people of Black-African descent and is rooted in the unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization in Canada.

(Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario; Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto).

ANTI-BLACK RACISM

We define anti-Black racism as policies and practices embedded within Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination that is directed at people of Black-African descent and is rooted in the unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization in Canada.

(Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario; Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto).

VISION

A society where anti-Black racism is named and meaningfully addressed; where the humanity and dignity of Black people are centred; where the laws and the legal system are just and fair; and where racial equity and full participation of all Black people in society is achieved.

MISSION

To combat and eradicate individual and systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario through education, advocacy, and litigation.

VALUES

Community

Abolition

Intersectionality

Anti-Discrimination

Inclusion

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STRATEGIC PLAN

BLAC’s Strategic Plan provides the framework for 2022 – 2027. This Strategic Plan will form the basis on which we develop a focused list of valid, necessary and measurable actions and outcomes. Internally, it provides the basis for more detailed operational plans to make sure that all BLAC’s organizational activities connect to results.

Over the next five (5) years, we will concentrate our efforts on three (3) strategic focus areas:

  1. Decarceration is aimed at reducing the number of Black people held in custody or custodial supervision.
  2. Full participation is aimed at addressing the social determinants of health and justice by fighting anti-Black racism with respect to such things as income, employment, housing, education, health.
  3. Poverty relief is aimed at permanently lifting Black people out of poverty in all its forms and improving the living conditions of Black people with low or no income.

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Bylaws

As an incorporated organization, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) must have bylaws. Our bylaws explain things who can become a member of BLAC, when and how we conduct meetings, the voting rights of our members, and the responsibilities of our directors, officers, and members.

2021/2022 Annual Report

Our annual report highlights some of our work over from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It also includes information about how much money we received and how we spent it.

2020/2021 Annual Report

Our annual report highlights some of our work over from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. It also includes information about how much money we received and how we spent it.

2018/19 and 2019/20 Annual Report

Our annual report highlights some of our work over from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020. It also includes information about how much money we received and how we spent it.

Complaints Policy

Any member of the public may file a complaint. This Policy outlines your rights and responsibilities and our commitment to dealing with all complaints in a fair, respectful, and timely manner. 

Complaint Form

If you want to file a complaint, please fill out and submit our complaints form.

General Brochure

This document provides general information about who we are, what we do, and how people can reach us. You can download, print, and share it.