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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29th, 2016


In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter - Toronto Coalition and
Call for City Councillors to support the motion drafted by Councillor Mike Layton, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Councillor Gord Perks to ensure police services and investigations are fair and transparent

 
Black Lives Matter TO (BLMTO) is a coalition of Black Torontonians working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence. As a social justice organization, CCNCTO is in full support of BLMTO’s peaceful protest that began on Monday, March 21st, 2016 at the Toronto Police Headquarters (40 College Street) and is continuing at the time of this statement release. We recognize that fighting against anti-Black racism is at the core of racial justice advocacy. To advocate against racism requires all allies and communities to stand in solidarity together against racial injustice. Torontonians, including the Chinese Canadian community, have been witnessing the lack of justice and accountability in the work of Toronto Police Services and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). We condemn any excessive use of force and violence by the Toronto Police Service, including and not limited to the use of force on the evening of Monday, March 21st, 2016, where Toronto Police ambushed the BLMTO peaceful rally. There were children, young women and men, trans people, and disabled people who were shoved, punched and pushed on to the ground. Protesters’ tents and personal belongings were taken, and a barrel of fire (approved by the Toronto Fire Services so that protesters could keep warm) was extinguished by force. Three men in hazardous materials suits poured an unknown chemical substance on the remaining firewood. Protesters have reported that such chemical substance was spilled onto protesters’ skin during the ambush.

We, at CCNCTO, recognize the ongoing occurrence of anti-Black racism, which has resulted in many premature deaths of Black community members by the Toronto Police Services. The Toronto Police Service and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) must provide better justice, transparency and accountability to marginalized communities.  On March 26th, 2016, hundreds of Toronto residents, labour unions, Indigenous people, Asian, Sikh, Jewish allies among others joined the BLM-TO rally in support and solidarity of these demands. We urge the Chinese Canadian community, who has a long history of experiencing racial injustice and discrimination, to unite and stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto and to join CCNCTO in echoing the following demands listed by BLMTO:

• The immediate release of the name(s) of the officer(s) who killed Andrew Loku and charges to be laid accordingly.
• The immediate release of the name(s) of the officer who killed Alex Wettlaufer, and charges to be laid accordingly.
• The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
• The adoption of the African Canadian Legal Clinic’s demand for a coroner’s inquest into the death of Andrew Loku.
• A condemnation of Toronto Police’s excessive use of force and ongoing intimidation tactics against Black Lives Matter Toronto protesters.
• An overhaul of the province’s Special Investigations Unit, in consultation with families of victims of Police violence, the Black and Indigenous communities, and the community at large.
• A commitment to the full elimination of carding, including: the deletion of all previously recorded data, reframing of regulations to prohibitions, consistent implementation policy amongst different police boards, and concrete disciplinary measures for officers who continue to card.


CCNCTO also urges all City Councillors to support the urgent motion, drafted by Councillor Mike Layton, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Councillor Gord Perks, to ensure police services and investigations are fair and transparent, at the Thursday March 31, 2016 City Council meeting.


CCNCTO urges members of the Chinese Canadian community and beyond to participate in the following ways to advocate for racial justice:
 
  1. Contact (Email, Call, Tweet) your city councillor before Thursday March 31st, 2016 and urge them to support the motion to ensure police services and investigations are fair and transparent;
  2. Sign this petition created by Black Lives Matter Toronto;
  3. Follow #BLMTOtentcity on social media for up-to-date information regarding the protest including updated lists of needs of supplies;
  4. Fill out the Ministry’s ‘Police, police services and community safety survey to express your concerns on the public service of the Toronto police;
  5. Donate supplies or provide financial support to BLMTO. E-transfer donations to blm.to.solidarity@gmail.com (Question: What is this for? Answer: tentcity);
  6. Learn about the protest by visiting the communities peacefully gathered at the Toronto Police Headquarters (40 College Street).
 
Media Contact:
Alvis Choi (alvischoi@gmail.com | 416.902.6226)
Chairperson & Head of Advocacy Committee, CCNCTO
Chase Lo (executivedirector@ccnctoronto.ca | 416.596.0833 ext 1)
Executive Director, CCNCTO
即時發布
2016年3月29日

聲援黑人的命也是命-多倫多聯盟Black Lives Matter – Toronto Chapter, BLMTO,以及要求全體市議員支持通過議員邁克•雷頓(Mike Layton),市議員黃慧文(Kristyn Wong-Tam)和市議員白克斯(Gord Perks)起草的議案,以確保警察服務和調查公正和透明。

黑人的命也是命多倫多聯盟(簡稱BLMTO)是一群多倫多黑人發起並與各個社區團結合作的一個反政府包庇暴力、尋求正義的民權運動團體。作為倡導社會公義的一個組織,平權會全力支持BLMTO從3月21日在多倫多警察總部(學院街40號)開始並在本聲明發佈時還在持續的和平抗議。對抗反黑人的種族主義是倡導種族平等的核心,而倡導反種族歧視需要社會的各個社區攜手協力去對抗與種族有關的不平等對待。多倫多居民,包括華裔華人社區,見證了多倫多警察局和特別調查組(SIU)的工作缺乏公正和問責制。我們譴責多倫多警察局的任何過度使用武力和暴力,包括但不限於,在2016年3月21日,在多倫多警方突袭了一個黑人的命也是命多倫多聯盟的和平集會,當中有兒童、年輕人、跨性別人士、殘疾人等被警務人員推倒、拳打、和衝撞到地上。和平抗議者的帳篷和個人物品被拿走,保暖用的火桶(經多倫多消防局同意)被強行熄滅了,剩下的木柴被穿上危險品保護衣及安全面罩的人員淋上一種未知的化學品,有報告指該化學品在警方暴力行動期間濺到示威者的皮膚上。

平權會認識到因持續的反黑人種族歧視,多倫多警察局於近年造成了黑人社區的多次人命傷亡及早逝。多倫多警察局和特別調查組(SIU)的工作必須對各個邊緣化的群體提供更好的公正,透明度和問責制。在2016年3月26日,數百名多倫多居民,工會,原住民,亞裔,錫克裔,猶太族以及其他盟友,一起參加了黑人的命也是命多倫多聯盟集會以支持這些訴求。我們敦促加拿大華裔華人社區,作為一個有著長久的種族不平等歷史和有經驗歧視的社區,團結起來,跟平權會一起,聲援和呼應BLMTO列出的以下要求(清單以英文版本為準):

•立即發布殺害了 Andrew Loku的警察的名字以及依法檢控
•立即發布殺害了 Alex Wettlaufer的警察的名字以及依法檢控
•立即對公眾發布與Andrew Loku被謀殺有關的任何大廈錄像
•響應加拿大非裔法律援助中心的要求,進行對Andrew Loku的死因調查
•譴責多倫多警方的過度使用武力,以及持續的對BLMTO示威者進行恐嚇
•諮詢警方暴力的受害者家屬,黑人和原著民社區,以及廣大社會成員,以對特別調查小組SIU進行全面的審查。
•承諾完全廢除在街上隨機截查市民的做法(carding), 包括: 刪除所有以前的記錄數據,修改法規變成禁止此做法,並在各個警察局實施同一政策,以及對持續這此行為的警官應有的具體懲戒方法

平權會亦在此敦促全體市議員在3月31日的市議會會議中支持通過議員邁克•雷頓(Mike Layton),市議員黃慧文(Kristyn Wong-Tam)和市議員白克斯(Gord Perks)起草的緊急議案,以確保警察服務和調查是公正和透明的。

平權會敦促華裔及其他社區成員用以下的方式參與倡導種族平等及公義:

1.在周四2016年3月31日之前聯繫(電郵,電話,tweet)
你的市議員,並敦促他們支持這項議案,以確保警察服務和調查是公平和透明;
2.在這份黑人的命也是命-多倫多聯盟的
請願書上簽名;
3.在社交媒體上查看#BLMTOtentcity有關和平抗議,包括對物資的需求最新信息;
4.填寫這份“
警察,民警服務和社區安全調查”,以表達對多倫多警察的公共服務的關注;
5.為黑人的命也是命-多倫多聯盟捐贈物資或提供資金支持。 E-transfer 電傳到blm.to.solidarity@gmail.com(問題:what is this for?答案:tentcity);
6.到多倫多警察總部(學院街40號)和平聚集地去看看,並了解示威的更多信息。

媒體聯繫人:
Alvis Choi(alvischoi@gmail.com | 416.902.6226)
平權會主席和倡導委員會負責人
Chase Lo(executivedirector@ccnctoronto.ca |416.596.0833轉線1)
平權會執行董事
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