Toronto Star Op-ed: Let death of Abdirahman Abdi be last of its kind

Op-ed in The Toronto Star by Robyn Maynard

July 31, 2016

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.

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

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.Jean-PierreBony

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

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

by Robyn Maynard.  May be reprinted with permission.

Bony Jean-Pierre, a 47Jean-PierreBony-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

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Interview on CKUT FM’s Black Talk

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.BSN ckut

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Interview With Robyn Maynard Ahead of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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

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Radical Research Week: CURE Concordia

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 ✦
radicalresearchweek 13:30-15:30
 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

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