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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 (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 ( | 416.902.6226)
Chairperson & Head of Advocacy Committee, CCNCTO
Chase Lo ( | 416.596.0833 ext 1)
Executive Director, CCNCTO

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。



•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
•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。


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 電傳到問題:what is this for?答案:tentcity);

Alvis Choi( | 416.902.6226)
Chase Lo( |416.596.0833轉線1)
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