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BLAC is hiring an Executive Director

BLAC is hiring an Executive Director and General Counsel. Click here to read the job posting. Click here to read the job description. Interested individuals may submit an application by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021.

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BLAC and CABL jointly intervening in R. v. Morris

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), along with the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), are jointly intervening in a case (R. v. Morris) before the Court of Appeal for Ontario on February 11, 2021. In R. v. Morris, the Court of Appeal for Ontario will consider the appropriate manner in which systemic and background factors should be treated when sentencing a Black person.

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Black History Month

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) honours our ancestors, elders and those who have come before us on Black History Month. Read the full statement here.

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Join BLAC: Become a Member

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) welcomes current and new eligible members to become involved and share their ideas. Read more about our new Membership Drive here. To become a member, click here.

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The School to Prison Pipeline: A Province-wide Research and Advocacy Initiative

BLAC’s new province-wide initiative will focus on the school-to-prison pipeline; working with Black families, Black-led & Black-serving organizations, and justice and education stakeholders across Ontario to coordinate advocacy and policy reform within our educational and justice systems. Click here to read more. For more information or to get involved,

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COVID-19: Statement on Ontario’s Second Provincial Emergency Order

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second state of emergency. The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is concerned that these extraordinary measures will disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities. Read the full statement here.

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BLAC Board of Directors’ Statement to Members and the Community

The Board of Directors of the Black Legal Action Centre have prepared a statement with regard to the resignation of two of its members. Read more here.

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Statement on the acquittal of Constable Daniel Montsion in the death of Abdirahman Abdi

We are deeply disappointed that yet another police officer has eluded conviction for killing a Black man. Justice Robert Kelly’s recent verdict that found Constable Daniel Montsion not guilty of all charges in the killing of Abdirahman Abdi, causes angst and pain for many Somali, Black and other communities across Canada still reeling from a pandemic and a summer of police violence against Black people.

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Stop Unsafe Evictions

Today, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has joined over 60 organizations in Ontario alongside sponsoring partners, the Ontario Alliance to End Homelessness and the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), to call on Premier Ford and the Ontario government to STOP UNSAFE EVICTIONS during this pandemic crisis. Read the letter here.

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In Conversation with BLAC: Back to School

On Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, BLAC is hosting a webinar on the transition Black families, parents, guardians and students are experiencing as Ontario schools re-open during COVID-19. Join us in conversation with educators, lawyers and community members, including a panel discussion and Q&A session. Register for the event here.

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