Police violence in the United States and Canada has dominated the news over the past year. This violence typically focuses on abuse and excessive force by officers against the public. Recent revelations of police violence against indigenous women in Val d’Or, Quebec, only illustrate the immediacy and severity of this issue. CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke to Alex Roslin about another aspect of police violence: domestic abuse. Roslin is co-author of “Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence,” an investigative report that explores why officers are 15 times more likely than the general public to be domestic abusers, and why they consistently get away with it.
Émission spéciale autour d’un atelier intitulé L’ABC de l’antiracisme, longue entrevue avec Thérèse Namahoro diffusée sur En Profondeur le lundi 4 juillet entre 17h et 18h sur CKUT (ckut.ca et sur le 90.3fm à
Jeudi 7 juillet 2016
à 15:30 au Pavillon Jean-Brillant à la salle B-4225, Thérèse
Namahoro et Lourdenie Jean présenteront un ABC de l’anti-racisme:
une conférence sur les luttes anti-racistes et comment elles
s’inscrivent spécifiquement dans la démarche féministe.
Lundi 4 juillet, nous avons dédié l’émission complète à cet abc de l’antiracisme selon
Les thèmes abordés ont été :
– racisme systémique et au quotidien
– histoire du racisme au soi-disant «Québec» et au soi-disant «Canada»
et plusieurs autres
Pour plus d’info
concernant leur présentation à l’Université de Montréal :
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) mediated a meeting between some members of independent media and the Montreal Police on September 21st, to bridge existing disputes between the two groups. At Montreal demonstrations and rallies, the police have often been acting aggressively towards the protesters, kettling and using force on them. The journalists have been victims of attacks as well if they happened to be indistinguishable from the protesters and looked unconvincing to police.
Although members of the police portray violent accidents as simple misunderstandings, their forceful acts restrict journalists’ rights for free expression and oftentimes result in physical damage. CJFE brought the two groups together for a possibility of establishing ground rules of conduct lest further instances of brutality occur. CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with Tom Henheffer to find out more.
On Monday 27 July, the Black Lives Matter Toronto coalition held a “day of action”. The goal: call for an end to police brutality and to seek justice after the death of two black men – Jermaine Carby was shot at a traffic stop and Andrew Loky was killed in an apartment building- in the past year.
Desmond Cole, a black Toronto writer and activist, says: “This is not about people inconvenienced for one night in the highway. It’s about almost 30 years of police brutality against one community. That’s how people should view this”.
Alexandria Williams is one of the co-fondators of the Black Lives Matters Toronto coalition. We asked her about the action, and the coalition and its motivations.
On Friday May 1st the Baltimore City State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced publicly the charges against 6 police officers involved with the murder of Freddie Gray. This comes as the first step towards justice for Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal injuries in police custody, and died a week after he was was chased and arrested by officers on Baltimore’s west side.
In light of the recent protests Ellen Payne Smith, from CKUT’s News Collective, connected on April 30th with Pastor Heber Brown the 3rd, a justice advocate, activist and community leader on the ground in Baltimore, to hear a grassroots perspective.
The coalition that Pastor Brown mentions in the interview is Baltimore United at bmoreunited.org and you can follow Pastor Brown on twitter @heberbrown.
On September 26th 2014, police forces in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, attacked a busload of students from a rural teacher training school in Ayotzinapa. This attack resulted in the death of six people, and the forced disappearance of 43 students. On April 20th 2015, a caravan from Ayotzinapa travelled to Montreal. In this interview, Hilda Legideño Vargas, the mother of one of the disappeared students, and Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a student from the teacher training school, explain why they have travelled to Canada in their struggle to find the 43 students. Brought to you by Simone Lucas from CKUT’s News Collective.