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Ajamu Nangwaya

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.
11 Essential Elements of the Anti-Carding

11 Essential Elements of the Anti-Carding Campaign

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.
06/05/2015 12:19 EDT
Dump Carding Into the Cesspool of History by Refusing to Talk to the

Dump Carding Into the Cesspool of History by Refusing to Talk to the Police

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
Having a African-Canadian Police Chief Won't Solve Institutional

Having a African-Canadian Police Chief Won't Solve Institutional Racism

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
What Will It Take To End Police

What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

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