ADVISORY : Community Groups Demand an End to Racist Policing in Jane-Finch

MEDIA ADVISORY
DATE: Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina “Butterfly” Gopaul | CONTACT NUMBER: 416-567-2705 | EMAIL:sabrinabflygopaul@gmail.com

Community Groups Demand an End to Racist Policing in Jane-FinchTORONTO, ON – Jane Finch Action Against Poverty and allied organizations are demanding an end to police violence, intimidation and abuse against residents in the Jane-Finch community, especially African-Canadian young men and women and other racialized people. Police violence against our community will stop when we organize and give concrete form to the declaration that “we are sick and tired of being sick and tired” of police brutality and the violation of our rights and dignity!

WHO: Jane-Finch Action Against Poverty, Network for the Elimination of Police Violence and other grassroots organizations
WHAT: Demanding an end to police violence, carding and racial profiling in the Jane-Finch community; commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
WHERE: 31 Division, 40 Norfinch Drive
In November 2014, the Toronto Police Services Board-commissioned Community Assessment of Police Practices research report revealed the Jane-Finch residents’ experience with the police from 31 Division:
“We also learned that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the way that police interact with members of the community. In general, the level of trust in the police is low and many participants expressed negative views regarding the police. For example, a large number of respondents believe that police regularly abuse their power. In addition, there is a view that police racially profile members of the community. Compellingly, this belief was identified among both racialized and non-racialized groups.”
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty is a grassroots group in the Jane Finch community. It consists of community residents and members from different organizations in the area. The group was formed in October of 2008 following a rally at the intersection of Jane Street and Finch Avenue to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
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For more information, contact Sabrina “Butterfly” Gopaul – 416-567-2705
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