Defund the Police: What the Heck Does that Mean?

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You’ve heard of Defund the Police but what the heck does it mean? Is it calling for the abolishment of law enforcement? What is wrong with the current Police Services? Who do I call during an emergency? “Re-direct funding”…where would re-allocated funds go?

If these questions have been on your mind in recent days/weeks/months, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) invites you to join us on Wednesday, February 17 to have your questions addressed.

Speakers include:

Robyn Maynard – Canadian Author and Academic

Maynard is an award-winning researcher whose writings are regularly taught in universities across North America and Europe. Her most well-known work “Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present”, a CBC national bestseller, was named “best book of the year” by the Globe and Mail and the Walrus; shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, the Concordia University First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction; and was the winner of the 2017 Annual Errol Morris Book Prize. 

El Jones – Spoken word poet, educator, journalist, and community activist

Jones was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones Human Rights Award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues. 

Sarah Jama – Community organizer and advocate

Jama is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences have fostered interests and a passion for: community engagement, disability justice, and activism. In her spare time, she acts as a consultant, and is currently working with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board to create anti-racism training and peer support-based curriculum for students at the school board. 

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February 17, 2021 at 7pm - 8:30pm
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