I recently wrote an essay calling on the people of Toronto to end carding by refusing to share their personal information with the cops. They should meet any question from the cops with "Am I free to go?" The following elements should be used in any neighbourhood-based, grassroots led and organized anti-carding campaign. We must strive to win the active support of neighbourhood residents and people of good conscience across the city to not co-operate with the carding regime.
Educator and community organizer
Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya is an educator in Ontario's post-secondary educator sector and has a doctorate in adult education and community development from the University of Toronto. Ajamu has been active in the Canadian labour movement around equity and class struggle issues and is a former Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Division. He is an organizer with the Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity and engages in journalistic activism in speaking truth to power and the powerless.
In the absence of community support, members of our communities could end up in the prison industrial complex for asserting their right to remain silent and walk away from these non-criminal encounters. The cops are aware of the fact that the people can refuse to speak with them and are free to walk away, if they are not being detained or arrested.
05/15/2015 07:36 EDT
"Give people light and they will find a way." - Ella Baker The May 4, 1992 Yonge Street Uprising was a pivotal moment in the resistance history of Afrikan people in the city of Toronto. ["Afrikan Ca...
05/08/2015 02:47 EDT
To what extent are we realistically expecting an African-Canadian police chief to be more committed to fighting institutional racism than a white one? Furthermore, merely having an African-Canadian person at the helm will not end police brutality or mend the community's relations with the force.
03/12/2015 05:50 EDT
Racialized working-class communities, individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of police violence and containment. We do not need the intervention of civil liberties organizations, critical criminology courses or the exposure of police violence at a G20 Summit to know that police are not protecting us.
08/13/2013 05:16 EDT
Dear Premier Wynne: The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) agrees with the assertion you made in your speech at the Liberal Caucus' Afrikan Liberation Month (a.k.a. Black History Month) annual...
03/17/2013 10:00 EDT
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