Announcements & Notices


Black Girls Chatter is now live! Again! You can stream it on Anchor, Spotify and Apple music. Their newest episode discusses internalized racism and how that has impacted the lives of the hosts and the lives of an array of different minority citizens. BGC says, "Thanks so much for all of the support it really means the world to us." Make sure you tune in and keep the conversation going.


Check them out on the Trent Arthur news website (www.trentarthur.ca) or at the following link: https://anchor.fm/black.../episodes/BGC-1-Were-Back-epp91t




BLM Nogojiwanong wants to invite YOU to help create content for the upcoming Black History Month (February 2021). To honour this month we want to support your art, creativity, and passion to memorialize this time and your experiences. As we honour and remember our past, we create and change the future. We are looking for Black and Indigenous creators and artists to participate or collaborate with us!


Honorariums will be provided to all eligible participants. To be eligible, the submission must be created by a Black or Indigenous person, must not harass or display violence, must not discriminate against any group, and must match the values of BLM Nogojiwanong. The value of the honorariums will be determined by the number of applicants.


Performer Callout: Black History Blowout 2021

Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform poetry, have a short story to share, or have some other talent? Then this opportunity is for you. All performers are asked to pre-record their performance as an MP4 and email it (or a link to a drive or uploaded video - ie. YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion - can be attached if the file is too large to email) to blmnogojiwanong@gmail.com with the subject line “BHM Submission”. The recording should be no more than 10 minutes but can be as short as 30 seconds. The email should also have your performance name(s), a description of who you are, and a description of the art/work you do.

Artist Callout: BHM ArtZine 2021

We are also creating a digital zine of artwork (or written art) created by Black and Indigenous artists, with a focus on amplifying work with the themes of BIPOC lived experiences. Digital work or photographs should be submitted as a 300ppi PNG (or a link to a drive can be attached if the file is too large to email) via email to saidj.graphics@gmail.com with the subject line “BHM ArtZine Submission”. Traditional art pieces should be submitted as high quality (300ppi) photographs or scans. The email should also have the name you would like printed alongside your piece and any other relevant information. An artist’s bio and art blurb are recommended but not mandatory. Printed versions of the final zine will be created and sent back to the submitters chosen.


All submissions are open until February 15th, 2021.

We acknowledge that while the hardships felt by the Black and Indigenous people might overlap, they do not equate. We have chosen to make these opportunities available to both Black and Indigenous people because we are aware that the needs of both groups have been unmet/ignored/exploited by current and past administrations and groups of Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. We want to make an actionable change and show our integrity and accountability because land acknowledgements made by allies without action are meaningless gestures that perpetuate and enable white supremacy to have power.

Defund the Police. 

Demilitarize the Police. 

Disarm the Police. 

Dismantle the Police. 


DEFUND THE POLICE

  1. Immediately redirect a minimum of 50 percent of the $26.4 million PPS budget towards investing in secure, long-term housing for street-involved and unhoused communities, food sovereignty programs, public transit, public health, public libraries, and community-led anti-violence programs.

DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE

  1. Make the information about the anonymous donor of the Osh Kosh Sandcat, a light armoured vehicle that is designed for military use, available to the public and agrees never to accept anonymous donations in the future.

  2. Remove the Osh Kosh Sandcat from the police force, remove all weapons from police and other law enforcement, including tasers, batons, firearms, and weapons that target the respiratory system.

  3. End the mass surveillance of our communities through the use of technology.

  4. End the surveillance of citizens through information collected by community partners.


REMOVE COPS FROM SCHOOLS

  1. Remove school police and resource officers (SROs) in all schools (Public, Catholic, Private, and Post-Secondary) in Peterborough.


DECRIMINALIZE POVERTY, DRUGS, HIV AND SEX WORK

  1. Release and expunge record for all poverty-related charges (including bylaw infractions, solicitation, sleeping outside, public urination, loitering, solicitation).

  2. Decriminalize drugs, sex work, and HIV status.

  3. Release and expunge records of all drug-related and sex work charges.


REDUCE SCOPE OF POLICE

  1. End the expansion of the Peterborough Police Services into the downtown Peterborough Bus Terminal.

  2. End the practice of carding, street checks, and patrolling.

  3. End all special constable programs and all policing on all campuses.

  4. End the policing of minor by-law infractions and noise complaints.

  5. End paid-duty policing programs (officers for hire by developers, street festivals, etc.).

  6. End any police collaboration with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

  7. End all stealth police cars and plain-clothes operations.

  8. End the police response to landlord-tenant disputes.

  9. End all police involvement in Pride events.


DOCUMENT POLICE VIOLENCE

  1. Mandate the public election of data regarding police killings and police brutality incidents for all local, regional, provincial, and federal police or law enforcement agencies disaggregated by race, gender, age, and citizenship.

  2. Where and when relevant, grant media and family immediate access to all body-cam and dash-cam video evidence.


BAN UNION CONTRACTS FROM INTERFERING WITH POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Eliminate the ability for officers to review evidence before submitting it to an investigation.

  2. Allow for the investigation of all civilian complaints regardless of when they were filed.

  3. Prohibit the destruction of personnel files and complaints.

  4. End arbitration after internal disciplines.

  5. End indemnification for police abuse.


CREATE COMMUNITY-LED ALTERNATIVES

  1. Provide permanent secure housing options for all people who need housing.

  2. Create Crisis Intervention and community co-led support teams; work with communities to develop models that work for them.

  3. Create police-free, community-led, trauma-informed emergency service for mental health/psychiatric distress and other forms of crisis.

  4. Invest in community support for shelters, drop-ins, and after school programming in low-income neighbourhoods.

  5. Create restorative services, mental health services, and community-run health centres.

  6. Invest in harm reduction, including safe supply, safe injection/inhalation sites, and harm reduction outreach workers.

  7. Establish a community-based and trauma-informed emergency service for people who have experienced gender-based violence.

  8. Implement a civilian transportation safety service and better/safer road infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit.

  9. Create a civilian conflict resolution service to replace policing of minor by-law infractions/noise complaints.


WE CAN DEFUND THE POLICE, DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE, REMOVE POLICE FROM OUR SCHOOLS, AND INVEST IN ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO CREATING SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR ALL OF US.


FIND OUT MORE AT DEFUNDTHEPOLICE.ORG.

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