Friday, April 1, 2016

Occupy-style tactics mark shift for Black Lives Matter Toronto

Black Lives Matter Toronto organizer Pascale Diverlus poses in front of the group's encampment outside
police headquarters Thursday.
The decision to stage a sit-in outside police headquarters has transformed Black Lives Matter Toronto from a moment into movement, observers say.

The Toronto branch of Black Lives Matter formed in 2014.They’ve staged a “die-in” at Yonge-Dundas Square, crashed a Toronto Police Services board meeting and marched across the Allen.

However, it’s only taken a few days of staying put outside police headquarters for the group to finally get traction at City Hall.

The sit-in was instrumental in getting Afrofest’s two-day music permit reinstated and on Friday, city council will consider the group’s call to reform the Ontario Special Investigations Unit, which investigates cases like that of Andrew Loku, a 45-year-old black man shot to death by police last July.  (more...)


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