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.
par Robyn Maynard (ecrit le 4 avril, traduit en français de l’originale)
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.
Les médias ont déjà commencé à justifier l’intervention violente qui s’est conclue par une blessure mortelle en évoquant la marijuana trouvée sur les lieux . Apparemment, au Canada, différentes règles s’appliqueraient aux personnes blanches et à celles dont la peau est noire. Dans le contexte actuel d’acceptation générale de consommation de cannabis, et vu l’accueil favorable reçu par le plan de décriminalisation de la marijuana présenté par le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, les individus qui cultivent et vendent le cannabis se préparent à devenir d’honnêtes entrepreneurs et sont présentés comme tel par les médias. Partout sur l’île de Vancouver, le cannabis est même déjà vendu « à des fins médicales ». Continue reading
by Robyn Maynard. May be reprinted with permission.
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.
Racist double standards surround marijuana
Since the story broke, media outlets have already begun to justify the violent intervention and resulting fatal injury because marijuana was found at the site . Yet it appears there two different sets of rules for white and Black-skinned persons in Canada. Amidst general public acceptance of cannabis use, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s well-received plan to decriminalize marijuana, those who grow and sell cannabis are preparing themselves to be legitimate businesspersons, and are represented as burgeoning entrepreneurs in the media. Cannabis is sold ‘for medical purposes’, in storefronts all over the island of Vancouver.
But Black Canadians are still vilified and represented as dangerous criminals for their perceived or real involvement with the same substance. Black communities continue to be subjected to highly orchestrated, militarized police raids by tactical squads and SWAT teams. Black individuals thought to be involved the distribution of cannabis continue to be seen as deserving of any police violence inflicted upon them, up to and including injury and death. Jean-Pierre Bony is dead because of a bust surrounding a substance used recreationally by large numbers of Canadians, across race and class; yet his tragic and unjustifiable death has so far been represented as a minor detail. Black life, after all, is cheap in Canada, and Montreal is not exempt. Continue reading
Interview on CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal on Black Talk, hosted by the Black Students’ Network and CKUT FM, February 15, 2016. Discussing state violence against Black women, and more. Part of Black History Month.
Robyn Maynard speaks about violence against Black sex workers, the importance of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, and her piece #Blacksexworkerslivesmatter, linked below.
Video linked HERE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 ✦
Research for Social Transformation: a panel discussion on grassroots knowledge work with Ellen Gabriel, Robyn Maynard & Anne Goldenberg.
Organized by the Community University Research Exchange at Concordia University
Facebook event linked HERE
By Robyn Maynard for The Feminist Wire, republished by Truth-out and Incite Women of Colour Against Violence.
excerpt: “But by hijacking the terminology of slavery, even widely referring to themselves as ‘abolitionists’, anti-sex work campaigners have not only (successfully) campaigned for funding and legal reform; but they do so without any tangible connections to historical or current Black political movements against state violence. Indeed in pushing for criminalization, they are often undermining those most harmed by the legacy of slavery. As Blacks persons across the Americas are literally fighting for our lives, it is urgent to examine the actions and goals of any mostly white and conservative movement who deign to be the rightful inheritors of an ‘anti-slavery’ mission which deigns to abolish prostitution but both ignores and indirectly facilitates brutalities waged against Black communities.”
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE