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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 of 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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BLAC is hiring a Research and Policy Coordinator

BLAC is hiring a Research and Policy Coordinator. See the job description here. Closing Date: September 21, 2020. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Évaluation de l’impact sur la communauté: sondage sur l’impact de la COVID-19 sur les Ontariens noirs / Community Impact Assessment: Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Black Ontarians (in English and French)

(Version française) BLAC a développé un sondage pour mieux comprendre l’impact des mesures d’urgence liées à laCOVID-19 sur les communautés noires en Ontario. Les questions sont conçues pour saisir les expériences des Ontariens noirs à partir du 17 mars 2020. Ce sondage durera environ 15 minutes. Veuillez cliquer ici pour répondre au sondage.

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Ruth Goba Steps Down as Executive Director of BLAC

Read Ruth Goba’s Statement on her Resignation here. Read the Board of Directors’ Statement on Ruth Goba’s Resignation here. BLAC says thank you to our supporters, read our statement here.

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OHRC releases report on racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service

The Ontario Human Rights Commission today released A Disparate Impact, the second interim report in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The report confirms that Black people are more likely than others to be arrested,

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Demand for Independent Investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) demand an independent investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Of significant concern is the disproportionate violence, discrimination, and death that persons with mental health disabilities are subjected to at the hands of police across Ontario. Read our letter here.

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Statement on Ontario Provincial Police decision to not lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri

On December 15, 2016, Mr. Faqiri, a 30 year old man with schizophrenia, who was caged in a segregation unit, died after being brutally restrained, beaten, shackled and pepper sprayed by at least six armed guards. A coroner’s report revealed more than 50 signs of “blunt impact trauma” on Mr. Faqiri’s body,

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BLAC Statement on Protests of Statues

BLAC has written a statement on the recent protests of statues in Toronto and around the world. “The ugly truth is that Canada was built on racism and discrimination… It is this history and its current manifestations of violence, exclusion and “othering” that should be the concern of the state, including the police.

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