The Urban Alliance on Race Relations Invites You to Attend Our Annual
Race Matters 2014
Public Forum to Recognize
The United Nations’ Designated International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD)
Date: March 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 -7.30pm
Venue: 2 Carlton St. Suite 1001,Toronto, Ontario
Topic: Creating an Equitable City
Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Hispanic Development Council, Social Planning Toronto, Labour Community Services
Light Refreshments Will be Served
Info/RSVP: Yumei Lin at 416-703-6607 ex. 5
Successful RAD W2014 Session (shared post from Humber College’s Department of Public Safety)
On February 25 and 27, 2014, the Department of Public Safety hosted the R.A.D. Self-Defense course at the Lakeshore Campus.
Thanks to Making Noise @ Humber, Humber Athletics and the Department of Public Safety for providing participants with lots of giveaways.
Some of the comments included:
“Awesome! I feel safer now. Thank you!” – T.S.
“It is an amazing program. I’ve learned useful techniques. Thank you!” – S.K.
“I feel confident knowing I can defend myself.” – Making Noise @ Humber.
Keep an eye out for the next set of self-defense classes! The instructors are looking forward to the next session.
(This post is shared from Humber College’s Department of Public Safety https://www.humber.ca/publicsafety/content/successful-rad-w2014-session)
THE UPRISING: Journeys of Resistance in our communities included a workshop ‘Know Your Rights Against Police Brutality’ that was presented by Gary Pieters, President of Urban Alliance on Race Relations, at the UTSC Black History Month Conference on Saturday, March 1st, 2014, 10:30 am.
is the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Student Union (SCSU) Racialized Student Collective Black History Month Conference with a keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author and public commentator for his first appearance in Canada!
The purpose of the Conference, presented by the SCSU’s Racialized Students Collective, is to provide a safe, positive and inclusive space in which UTSC students and community members can engage in important and critical conversations about race and how it intersects which systems of oppression such as class, sexuality, gender, ability etc. This space will interrogate the ways in which institutions, systems/structures and everyday practices situate, race through an intersectional framework in dynamics that inform power and privilege contextualized by colonial history in Western Society and the impacts this has on racialized communities.
The conference will be featuring workshops and expert facilitated discussions from members of UARR, Lost Lyrics, METRAC, Stolen from Africa and many more on topics such as “Know Your Rights against police brutality”; “Being LGBTQ in Black Communities”; “Hip-Hop as Resistance: The Political Voice of the Marginalized Sector”; “Disabilities in Black Communities”; Controlling Images of Black Womanhood.
9:00-9:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast (AA Building Foyer)
9:45 – 10:15 AM: Opening Remarks IC 130
10:30 – 12:00 PM: 1st Round of Workshops: The Shadiest Truth About You, Know Your Rights Against Police Brutality, Fight the Power: Tracing Black Activism in history (IC Building Classrooms)
12:00 – 12:45 PM: Lunch & Networking (IC ATRIUM)
1:00 – 2:30 PM: 2nd Round of Workshops:Disabilities in Black Communities, Controlling Images of Black Womanhood , Being LGBT in Black Communities (IC Building Classrooms)
2:30 – 2:45 PM : Transition Break (IC ATRIUM)
3:00 – 4:30 PM: 3rd Round of Workshops: Hip Hop as Resistance: The Political Voice of the Marginalized Sector, Politics of Livelihood in the hood: Drugs, Money and Prison Industrial Complex, Eyo Ma let me Holla at you IC Building Classrooms)
Black History Month Related Articles, Events, Articles, News, Commentary and Features
- Being Black in Canada
- Black History Month | Life | Toronto Star
- Being Black in Canada
- Black History Month profile: Beverley Salmon | CityNews
- City of Toronto: Black History Month – Events Links
- CIC – Black History Month Website
- Black History Month: CBC – Inspiring Black Canadian Series
- Historic communities featured on stamps for Black History Month
- The NFB Celebrates Black History Month
- Time is Now for Bigger Role for Blacks
- Black History Month profile: Che Emmanuel | CityNews
- Character, not Colour, Matters
- Diversity in the Black Diaspora
- Slavery’s Long Destructive Legacy
- Helping Boys Learn to Be Men
- If Youth Learn Violence, They Will Live Violently
- Hip Hop Culture’s Identity Crisis
- Local Solutions to Local Issues
This project will undertake a review of the current needs, challenges and opportunities to effectively address racism in the City of Toronto. This review will help to identify and plan the required advocacy structure and model to effectively respond to issues of access, equity and inclusion issues confronting equity- seeking groups.
Addressing Racism in Toronto’’ is a one-year project to be conducted by Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR). The aim of this community-based research venture is to identify issues of access, equity and inclusion for two highly vulnerable and marginalized groups in Toronto: the Somali Canadian community and racialized LGBTQ persons who are homeless. Specifically, we will be hoping to uncover the barriers and challenges these communities face in relation to the following key areas:
- and any other areas derived during the research process
We hope that by identifying the key social problems faced by the diverse communities that make up the Greater Toronto area, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations will be able to maximize its role and give voice to some of the most pertinent issues as related to race relations, access and human rights. The proposed research model, which will depend on the collaboration of the research group with various community stake holders, hopes to identify and review the current opportunities, needs, and challenges faced by the aforementioned communities.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 marks the end of the Policing Literacy Initiative campaign and they have already surpassed their goal of $7500. PLI expressed thanks to all who ensured that their vision was achieved through the financial contributions to the campaign, sharing it with your networks, or simply showing an encouraging interest in our work.
Looking ahead, in March the PLI will be filming their documentary about the effects of the practice of ‘carding’ on trust between police and communities in Toronto. They will screen and discuss their documentary at the Policing Literacy Initiative forum on the afternoon of April 26 at Toronto City Hall.
CUPE Ontario Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference – Standing Up for Fairness for Racialized Workers – February 10-13, 2014
CUPE Ontario Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference convened from February 10th to February 13th 2014. Over 100 conference participants from CUPE locals across Ontario participated at the conference centre at the Sheraton in Richmond Hill, Ontario. On the first day of the conference, a panel which included Urban Alliance on Race Relations President Gary Pieters, YWCA CEO Paulette Senior and Colour of Poverty Organizer Michael Kerr addressed many issues of equity, diversity and inclusion under the theme Standing Up for Fairness for Racialized Workers.
CUPE Ontario’s Racial Justice & Human Rights Conference February 10-13, 2014
Criminalizing of Blacks through Police Carding Criticized pdf file of article
Criminalizing of Blacks through Police Carding Criticized
By TOM GODFREY
Young members of the community are being criminalized every day by the alleged racial profiling and carding being carried out by Toronto Police and the practice has to be stopped, says a long-time human rights worker.
The controversial practice violates the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, said Gary Pieters, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, which has been fighting against the issue for years.
“We feel that this is a significant human rights issue,” Pieters said. “We believe this is also a violation of international law and treaties.”
Pieters and University of Toronto professor Dr. Scot Wortley were keynote speakers at a Justice in Toronto Lecture Series last weekend at the FitzGerald Building on College St. The well-attended event examined injustice in Toronto and ways to make things better.
Pieters says he is concerned that racial profiling can lead to distrust against police by young people who are singled out for police checks.
“Young people are getting criminalized by the practice,” Pieters told Share “Bias policing must end and it is up to community groups to raise public awareness.”
He claims Black community members have been racially profiled by police for decades.
“We have to make this a public interest issue,” he said. “We have to make people aware of what is going on around them.”
- Toronto Activists Move Forward with Human Rights Challenge to Police Carding
- Respected Community Elder/Former Metro Toronto Councillor, Bev Salmon, Called for Toronto Police to End the practice of Racial Profiling
- Rights Complaint Alleges Toronto Police Racial Bias
- Cop Watch App Records Police-Citizen Interactions
- Paying the price: The human cost of racial profiling
- Policing Racial Profiling by Police