UARR Welcomes OHRC’s Interim Report, A Collective Impact, on anti-Black racism in Toronto policing

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations commends the Ontario Human Rights Commission for its work on presenting the findings in their interim report, A Collective Impact — data that reveals deeply disturbing acts of racial profiling and anti-Black racism by the Toronto Police. The UARR calls on the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Services Board, the City of Toronto, and the Government of Ontario to acknowledge the racial disparities and community experiences outlined in the interim report, and to act immediately.

Thirty years of reports tell us that anti-Black racism is at the core of the disproportionately deadly interactions of Toronto police with the Black community. The UARR stands with community to demand that the TPS hold itself to a higher standard.

Interactions between Black people and the Toronto Police Service have resulted in fear, trauma, and mistrust. The over-policing of Black communities and the aggressive use of police force does not help to foster the positive relationship needed for a safer city; rather, it further contributes to the growing inequities and racial divide that continue to plague the city of Toronto.

Furthermore, the UARR is concerned by the provincial government’s rollback of Bill 175, which included necessary reforms to strengthen police oversight; the recent cuts to Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate, a body doing crucial work toward racial justice; and the appointment of a long-time friend of the Premier to the role of Commissioner to the Ontario Provincial Police. These recent decisions have led the UARR to remain sceptical that the Government of Ontario will implement the recommendations outlined in the report.

Lastly, the City of Toronto must also use its powers to implement the recommendations in the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, the first of its kind in the country, having great potential to improve the lives of Black people across the city.

The interim report is disheartening, but unsurprising. We hope the TPS and TPSB will continue to support the OHRC’s inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination against Black persons.

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Health, Not Hate: Exploring the Health-Related Impacts of Hate on Targeted Communities and Sharing Strategies for Resistance and Resilience

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Please join us on December 10th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the North York Civic Centre Council Chamber as we mark the International Human Rights Day with a forum bringing together human rights, health equity and social determinants of health perspectives –
A panel of human rights advocates, educators and researchers will explore:
  • The impact of the rising hate and white nationalism on the health and wellbeing of our communities.
  • Research on the impact of discrimination, marginalization and exclusion as Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). What are the unique issues and perspectives?
  • What are the ways in which we rise up, resist and build resilience? What does self-care look like and what strategies can we share?
  • What is the responsibility of our elected leaders, public institutions and organizations in opposing fascist rhetoric and intervening to stop the spread of hate in our city?
AGENDA
6:30 pm – Doors Open and Registration
7:00-9:00 pm – Panel and Discussion with Audience Questions and Comments
PANEL
  • Berkha Gupta, executive director of LGBT Youthline focused on increasing services/programming for LGBTQ people, especially youth and people of colour
  • Sol Mamakwa, Co-chair of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and lead health advisor for the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation
  • Karen Mock, human rights consultant, former executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and president of JSpace Canada
  • Siham Rayale, scholar, researcher, anti-racism educator, and former coordinator of UARR Roots Project engaging Tamil and Somali Youth
  • Anjum Sultana, health equity advocate, founder of Racial Health Equity Network and Manager of Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada
  • Moderated by Bernie Farber, writer, commentator and chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
  • Performance by the Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE)  
LOCATION
North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto
TTC: North York Centre
This is a free event open to the public.
Please RSVP: www.healthnothate.eventbrite.ca 
Suggested donation to help cover our costs: $5-10
INFO AND ACCESSIBILITY:
The North York Civic Centre and Council Chambers are wheelchair accessible.
This station is accessible North York Centre is an accessible TTC stop. For additional TTC accessibility info

For information and accommodation requests* contact: info@urbanalliance.ca or 416-703-6607

*Please send any accommodation requests by December 1st to allow for sufficient time to arrange the necessary services/supports.

UARR would like to thank our event partners and sponsors:

To the Directors of the Aurea Foundation and the Advisors of the Munk Debates: Steve Bannon is not welcome in Toronto

October 10, 2018

 

Open letter to:

Naylor and Associates
400 Logan Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 2N9
By email: info@naylorandassociates.com

To the Directors of the Aurea Foundation and the Advisors of the Munk Debates:

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, together with our supporters at the Toronto Labour Council, Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario, Canadian Anti-Hate Network, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, JSpaceCanada, The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom–Toronto, and the East End United Regional Ministry, are contacting the Directors of the Munk Debates and the Aurea Foundation to express our grave concerns regarding the upcoming Munk Debate. On November 2, Steve Bannon and David Frum will be debating the rise of populism: “Be it resolved, the future of western politics is populist, not liberal…” As beneficiaries of a liberal society, we encourage all public debate including those on controversial topics. Such dialogues are a welcome indicator of a democratic society. However, we believe that Mr. Bannon’s participation is inconsistent with the purpose of such debates and indeed, that it diverges from the principles of democratic and civil society.

We are requesting that the debate be cancelled just as The New Yorker Magazine rescinded its invitation to Bannon at its annual festival. As reported on CBC (Sept 25, 2018), “Within hours of making the announcement, New Yorker editor David Remnick decided to cancel the interview, saying he did not want Bannon to ‘propel further the ideas of white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism and illiberalism.’ ”

Our objections to Bannon are based on his record a partial list of which includes:

  • The Munk Debate website quotes Bannon as stating, “I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Many critics describe Bannon’s political orientation as consistent with fascism. At the very least, it expedites what we observe as the rise of authoritarian regimes internationally.
  • The Times (May 28, 2018) quotes Bannon: “People only use words like fascist or racist when they can’t debate the facts. I wear it with pride when they call me a racist. I go, ‘You know why you’re doing that? Because you don’t want to talk about economic nationalism.’ ”
  • As former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, he once described Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right.” The Southern Poverty Law Centre describes this movement as “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces…”
  • Breitbart news has featured “violent, sexist, extremist and radical political content,”according to one corporation that joined over 2,000 organizations and companies in pulling its ads off the platform.

 

Bannon’s populism and “economic nationalism” antagonizes divisions between groups and is intended to recruit ultra-right extremists. It confers legitimacy on discriminatory actions against Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ persons, women, trade unionists, and those who support diverse political views. It threatens our sense of belongingness to society, and undermines the mutual trust on which the sharing of public space rests. It threatens the enjoyment of our Charter rights to freedom of religion, speech, assembly and association.

While the Munk Debates and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy share only a funding agency, it is important to note that Bannon contradicts the activities of the latter institution. The Munk School’s 2017-18 Strategic Plan describes public engagement in areas such as “rising threats to open society”: “Suspicion of outsiders. Resentment of elites. Intolerance of differentness. Silencing of dissent. Around the world, populist leaders and authoritarian regimes magnify supposed threats while promising a better future—or a return to a mythical past. There’s a willingness to abandon long-held givens of the social contract, to break presumed ‘rules’ that are in fact mere conventions. Groups who feel forgotten want order imposed on uncertainty, often at the expense of tolerance and due process. Others fear for the future of open society, and even for their lives.” p. 20). In his current work as advisor to ultra-conservative parties and governments in Europe, Steve Bannon clearly and publicly embraces populist leadership and support for authoritarianism. Fear of its consequences are real.

The line between respectful debate representing diverse views and providing a platform for views that are violent in their intent can be a fine one. Bannon seeks to dismantle the very principles that enabled his participation in this debate. By offering him the space to articulate his outlook, the Munk Debates imply their legitimacy. It confers respectability on them. Bannon’s remarks and influence have real consequences for us, for all Torontonians, and for the majority of people around the world. Indeed, these consequences are concrete for countless groups and individuals every day.

Whether directly or indirectly, Bannon encourages extremist groups like the Canadian Combat Coalition, La Meute, Soldiers of Odin, and the Proud Boys that we are hearing all

too much about. Followers of these groups are responsible for far more terrorism than any fabricated racialized enemy that they wish to blame for these acts. In Toronto, three far-right leaders—all of whom have publicly called for white nationalism and all of whom romanticize Nazism—are so emboldened that they came forward as Toronto mayoral candidates. Suddenly, what was inconceivable is not only possible, but normal.

We will be contacting the media in our urgent request that you intervene to stop this debate as a director of the Aurea Foundation and an advisor to the Munk Debates. We hope you agree with us that the November 2 Munk Debate in which Steve Bannon appears is an offense to these organizations, to democratic principles, and to all Canadians.

Signed,

Nigel Barriffe, President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Bernie M. Farber, Chair, Canadian Anti-Hate Network
John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council
Nour Alideeb, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario
Nuzhat Jafri, Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women
Dr. Karen Mock, C.M., President, J-SpaceCanada
Rev. Sarah Miller, East End United Regional Ministry
Dr. Cynthia Levine-Rasky and Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, Coordinators, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom–Toronto

Faith Goldy prominent figure with hate groups & neo-Nazi movement buying ads on @CP24; We must #Unitetostophate

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Greetings UARR community,

As you may know, Faith Goldy is buying TV ads on CP24 which will start running this week (according to a post she made on Reddit). 

Faith Goldy is a prominent figure in the alt-right neo-Nazi movement in Canada which is supporting her candidacy for Mayor – and volunteering for her. She has said the infamous Fourteen Words on air, appeared on neo-Nazi podcasts, and called for Canada to return to being a 96% white, European country. The evidence that she’s deep in the alt-right neo-Nazi movement is extensive and I’m happy to provide sources to demonstrate any of the points in this paragraph or the below letter.

We would really appreciate any efforts to contact Bell Media to let them know that running ads from Faith Goldy is unacceptable to the Jewish community. It’s my hope we can help them make the right decision quickly before her ads air and spark outrage and a much wider controversy.

The Bell Media contact information is as follows:

AdvertiseWithUs@bellmedia.ca

Phone: 416.924.6664

Below is a very rough draft of a letter the Canadian Anti-Hate Network will be editing and sending to Bell Media / CP 24.

I’m very happy to answer any questions you may have and I hope we can count on your support.

Best,

Nigel Barriffe

Board Chair, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Evan Balgord

Executive Director

Canadian Anti-Hate Network

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I am writing you today as the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization which monitors hate groups and their activities in Canada. We deliver information to the public and media and we provide information and evidence to law enforcement, and have done so on several criminal investigations across Canada.

Our advisory group is made up of Canada’s leading experts on hate groups and hate crimes, including human rights lawyers, academics, journalists, court-recognized experts, and leaders in targeted communities.

We are very concerned to learn that Faith Goldy has purchased ad space on CP24 and we urge you not to air her ads and provide her with a platform to whitewash and recruit for the hateful alt-right neo-Nazi ideology.

Faith Goldy is a prominent figure in Canada’s alt-right movement who associates with neo-Nazis. She shares neo-Nazi talking points and slogans such as the infamous Fourteen Words coined by the leader of the neo-Nazi group The Order, which was responsible for the murder of radio host Alan Berg.

Immediately following the Charlottesville rally, which saw the murder of Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi, Goldy appeared on a neo-Nazi podcast associated with the Daily Stormer, which featured headlines such as “Legendary Shitlord James Sears Prosecuted for Hurting the Feelings of Useless Whores and Hooknosed Kikes.” She said that the Charlottesville manifesto, including its position on the JQ (Jewish Question; that Jews don’t count as white people to the alt-right neo-Nazi movement), were well thought out.

Goldy has been kicked off fundraising platforms, like Patreon, which cited her sincere recital of the Fourteen Words in its explanation. She retweets anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jewish people control finance and the media: “As shown by the deplatforming of @FaithGoldy, the financial system is run by a nasty group of people that has controlled the will of the people for far too long.”

Her activism also targets Muslims and other non-white Canadians and she has called for another crusade in the Middle East. She has called for Canada to return “to pre state Multiculturalism demographics (96% euro Canadian).”

In their semi-private spaces her volunteers complain that they are canvassing in non-white areas, writing “at least these people self-segregate.” She has been endorsed by the neo-Nazi podcasts This Hour Has 88 Minutes and The Ensign Hour, and the host of The Ensign Hour was photographed with her at Ford Fest this past weekend.

We could go on. The evidence of her position within, and support for, the alt-right neo-Nazi movement is extensive. They are using her campaign to network and get organized on the ground.

The alt-right neo-Nazi movement is responsible for over 100 murders and injuries as of January, 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It wants to create a white ethnostate by any means necessary including discriminatory policies, deportations, and extermination. They discus whitewashing their views and making them palatable (as Goldy is trying to do) to gain mainstream legitimacy and power.

It’s not the content of the Fourteen Words that’s troublesome (eg. We must protect a future for white children), but it’s meaning. It was coined by a group that went on to murder a Jewish radio host. It’s been used to self-identify as a Nazi for decades. That’s why it’s a hate symbol. Similarly, Faith Goldy’s ads may have acceptable, if radical right-wing content. That’s not the problem. The problem is that she’s trying to whitewash the hate movement she is a part of and get legitimacy to advance its goals which endanger the safety of all Canadians and particularly our diverse neighbours.

Running ads by Goldy will incense a number of communities and trigger a controversy that will be damaging to Bell Media and CP24. If you decide not to run the ads and face any backlash from Goldy’s supporters, we will stand by and support your decision publicly. Again, we urge you not to run her ads, we are prepared to answer any questions you have, and we look forward to your response.