Black Lives Matter
As a media organization, we have a responsibility to use our platform to amplify Black voices.
We haven’t done that enough in the past. Racism is not separate from finance or economics – in fact, the Canadian economy was built through the exploitation of Black, Indigenous, and non-white bodies.
If our platform can be used to further the racial justice work you are doing in your community, please let us know how we can assist.
If you’re looking to learn, donate, or make change, we hope the resources listed below can help you in this journey.
To Read (books and articles)…
(Some of these articles/books were brought to our attention by this Google Doc put together by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell, others are through Btchcoin contributor recommendations)
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
Amy Cooper Knew Exactly What She Was Doing by Zeba Blay
White Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Cargle (also a great Instagram resource @rachel.cargle)
Discourse and Debate: Is performative activism inherently bad? By Kayla Abrams, Jemima Fregene, and Lana Awadallah
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
The White Space by Elijah Anderson
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
On Racism and Anti-Blackness
Before You Declare Canada is Not a Racist Country, do your Homework by Vanmala Subramaniam
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole.
This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like by Tiana Clark
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
We’re Sick of Racism, Literally by Douglas Jacobs
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Wherever possible, we encourage ordering from local booksellers
To Watch and Listen…
“Racism Cont’d” by What a Day
“YYC Colours: A Documentary About Racism in Calgary” by the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
“The Negro in American Culture” A conversation between James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Emile Capouya, Alfred Kazin in 1961
*For those without the funds to donate: watch this video about how to use Youtube ad revenue*
(Many of these organizations were brought to our attention from this article written by Melanie Woods, or by individual Btchcoin contributors)
Black Lives Matter (Toronto, Vancouver, Waterloo): is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Black Legal Action Centre (Ontario): a non-profit community legal clinic offering free legal services to low income Black residents of Ontario.
The Most Nurtured: (Toronto) A community-based holistic wellness centre created by and for Black womxn.
Black Health Alliance: a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.
Black Youth Helpline (Canada-wide): focuses on education, health and community development for Black youth across Canada.
Black Women In Motion (Toronto): a youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence
The Black Coalition of Quebec: The Coalition serves community groups and individuals in defence of their right to equal justice. While the activities of the Coalition are mostly concentrated in Quebec, it gives services to Canada as a whole.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19 (B.C.): a fundraiser for a low-barrier, emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in B.C., who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hogan’s Alley Society (Vancouver): a non-profit organization which promotes the historical, cultural, societal and economic contributions made by Black Settlers and their descendants.
Black Space Winnipeg (Winnipeg): a grassroots organization that challenges anti-Black racism and discrimination and builds inclusivity across all sectors in Winnipeg for Black people.
The Come Up (Edmonton): a youth collective focused on empowering Black youth through community events and organizing.
Show Up For Racial Justice Toronto: moves money directly to organizations in Toronto doing racial justice work
How to Donate with No Money
– Stream to Donate: a video project to offer people a way to donate to #blacklivesmatter without having any actual money or going out to protest.
To demand justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet:
(These contacts were put together from an infographic by Aklil @akiinozaa on Twitter)
Gord Perks, City Councillor for High Park: 416-392-7919
Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Hyde Park: 416-763-5630
Arif Virani, MP for High Park: 613-992-2936
Monica Hudon, Lead Investigator, SIU:416-622-2342 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2342
General Doug Downey (Ministry of the Attorney General): 1-800-518-7901 or 416-326-2220
Contact your Provincial Premier:
Demand justice and anti-racism legislation and funding
Premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe: Premier@gov.sk.ca
Premier of Quebec, Francois Legault: Premierministre@quebec.ca
Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs: Premier@gnb.ca
Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan: Premier@gov.bc.ca
Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney: email@example.com
Premier of the Northwest Territories, Caroline Cochrane: Premier@gov.nt.ca
Premier of Nunavut, Joe Savikataaq: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford: email@example.com
Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister: email@example.com
Premier of Prince Edward Island, Dennis King: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Bell: email@example.com
Premier of Yukon, Sandy Silver: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your Member of Parliament
A list of demands that are crucial systemic changes that can make life more liveable for Black and Afrikan people of Toronto: