This #BlackLivesMTL syllabus was inspired by the Black Writing Matters essay I wrote for the Montreal Review of Books, and by all the bad-ass Black mamas, activists and writers that we have in this place. Special thanks to Sara Spike, Oliver Fugler, Desirée Rochat, and the staff at les Éditions du CIDIHCA! Non-fiction Georges Anglad, […]

Let death of Abdirahman Abdi be last of its kind

The bloody and violent death of Abdirahman Abdi at the hands of the Ottawa police last week is emblematic of a Canada-wide crisis surrounding race, mental health and policing. Law enforcement bodies remain a danger to the vulnerable, rife with anti-black racism and a penchant for the escalation of mental health crises. It’s unacceptable and time actions are taken to stop this pattern of abuse.

Montreal Noir and families of persons killed by police reject the Bureau d’enquete independente (BEI)

A joint communique by Montreal Noir and Justice for Victims of Police Killings on how Quebec’s new ‘independent’ police investigations bureau, made up of 14/18 ex-Montreal Police employees; is more of the same. No justice for victims of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous police violence; nor for other victims of racial and social profiling.

Dommages collatéraux d’une guerre à la drogue dépassée : une autre personne noire perd la vie aux mains de la police de Montréal

Jean-Pierre Bony, un homme noir de 47 ans, a été atteint par une balle de plastique tirée par le Groupe tactique d’intervention du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) à Montréal-Nord. Il est décédé à l’hôpital le dimanche 3 avril 2. L’incident s’est produit pendant une opération antidrogue mineure et de nombreux témoins racontent que la victime n’était pas armée et ne posait pas une menace à l’intégrité physique des agents de police.

Another Black life taken by the Montreal police: Collateral damage in a racist ‘war on drugs’

Bony Jean-Pierre, a 47-year-old Black man, was shot in the head by a rubber bullet by the tactical squad of the Service de la police de Montréal (SPVM) in Montréal-Nord over the weekend. He died this morning in the hospital. It occurred during a minor drug-bust, and numerous witnesses report he was un-armed and posed no physical threat to law enforcement.