What I do know is that Cindy Gladue was not killed by an Indian man. Bradley Barton is a white man. I suppose, however, that Cindy Gladue’s case wouldn’t even be factored into this type of statistical analysis since, according to the courts, she wasn’t murdered at all.
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The most visible change during my tenure as Correctional Investigator has been the growth in the overall size, complexity and diversity of the offender population. It is not a new observation that some of Canada’s minority, vulnerable or disadvantaged groups are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system. These trends are accelerating within federal prisons. Since March 2005, the federal inmate population has increased by 17.5%. Over the same period, the Aboriginal population grew by 47.4% and Black offenders by over 75%. These groups now comprise 22 8% and 9 8% of the total incarcerated population respectively. The federally sentenced ...........READ MORE
Police violence is everywhere. It is visible not just in police killings, but also in everyday practices of surveillance, profiling, harassment, and coercion. In all of this, racism and colonialism are close by – though not always in the same way.
This event focuses on the connections between racism, colonialism, and police violence. Panelists – all of them active in the fight against police violence – will talk about how violence appears in the policing of migrants; in indigenous communities; and in places like Montréal-Nord, ...........READ MORE
Things i found interesting this week:
- The ‘N’ word through the ages: The madness of HP Lovecraft by Phenderson Djeli Clark (Media Diversified, May 24, 2014)
- Criminalization, Crisis and Care: Tennessee’s S.B. 1391 and Attacks on Reproduction by the Florence Johnston Collective July 12, 2014
- Slavok Zizek Accused on Plagiarizing White Supremacist Magazine by Eugene Wolters (Critical Theory, July 11, 2014)
- ‘Christ of nations’ in London by Maciej Zurowski (Weekly Worker July 3, 2014)
- The genocide test: Canada’s destruction of indigenous culture was systematic and deliberate — but was it genocidal? by Mary Agnes Welch (Winnipeg Free Press July 12,
Monday, April 8, 2013
Contact: Kali Akuno
For Immediate Release: New Annual Report reveals that 313 Black People were killed in 2012, averaging one every 28 hours.
Every 28 hours in 2012 someone employed or protected by the US government killed a Black man, woman, or child! This startling fact is revealed in Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 313 Black People by Police, Security Guards, and Vigilantes.
“When we started this investigation in early 2012, we knew a serious human rights crisis was confronting the Black community”, says ...........READ MORE
The following text was written by Will Prosper, a community organizer in Montreal North has been posted on CMAQ. He brings up some important points for people to consider, so i am reposting it here with permission:
Before I begin: this is strictly based on my own observations, I will scratch the surface but this is not an in depth look.
My first thought when the student strike started was to look for the involvement of blacks and the different ethnic groups from Montreal in the strike. Because, of course, for me it was easy to see the need ...........READ MORE
In the following report, Rashid details a vicious racist attack on his person by guards at Red Onion State Prison, which occurred on December 12, 2011. Since this report was written, Rashid’s situation has gotten even worse, as earlier this week he was transferred to Wallens Ridge State Prison (Virginia’s other supermax), where he was confined between 2000 and 2003, a period when he was repeatedly singled out for abuse by guards (many of whom are still working there). Already, he has been subjected to death threats from guards, has had his food tampered with (i.e. has found metal in ...........READ MORE
Harsha Walia a Vancouver-activist with No One Is Illegal and other groups, had the following opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun:
From the Komagata Maru carrying 376 Punjabi passengers and the SS St. Louis travelling with 900 Jewish asylum seekers, to the boats with 600 people from China’s Fujian province and the Ocean Lady that docked in B.C. last year with Tamil refugees – there is something about boatloads of migrants that triggers a national hysteria. Perhaps it is the realization that the expanse of ocean is not enough to enforce the divide between the West and the so-called ...........READ MORE
From the youtube site:
In France, rights groups plan to file a complaint about police brutality, after a video surfaced showing officers using excessive force to evict African immigrants from a Paris suburb.
The footage shows police dragging away women with their babies as well as young children.
The group of 60 people had been living in the streets since being evicted from their council homes earlier this month.
The group of mostly women and children had been ordered to move to make way for a new housing project.
The footage shows a screaming woman with a baby wrapped ...........READ MORE