This isn’t about optics, or even representation for its own sake. Making sure that people with deep roots in Black community are in decision-making spaces is how we ensure that the substance, shape and details of what government does reflects Black experiences. It also builds connections between Black communities and institutions — the kind that let Black people know there is someone they can trust and call who will have their back in rooms they might not get to be in.
"This is just putting more deadly weapons in the hands of police," said Nigel Barriffe, chair of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, adding that he believes money spent on Tasers — about $1 million to date — could be better used elsewhere.
"Brittany Andrew-Amofah, of the Toronto-based Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said the increase in hate crimes is making communities feel less safe.
"It's time for political leaders to unequivocally speak out against hate and intolerance and in support of a multicultural society where everyone feels safe to participate and contribute," she said in a news release."
“These attitudes remain prevalent in our society and this is unacceptable,” Brittany Andrew-Amofah, a board member with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said in a statement. “It’s time for political leaders to unequivocally speak out against hate and intolerance and in support of a multicultural society where everyone feels safe to participate and contribute.”
“However, considering that Canadian members of the JDL have been charged with hate crimes towards Muslims, we expect police in Toronto to be paying close attention to this,” said Mohammed Hashim of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
"In 2017, Unifor, the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations filed a complaint against Rogers Media for using Mandarin and Cantonese newscasts produced by Fairchild TV, an outside contractor."
“[Bannon] hates Jews. He hates Blacks. He hates you because of the person you live with, whether you are a lesbian or gay,” Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said into a microphone. “He should be ashamed and he should never have platform in our great city.”
Le défenseur des droits et président du groupe Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Nigel Barriffe, considère que l'argent utilisé pour équiper les policiers de ces armes devrait plutôt être mis dans la formation.
“It just feels like 1995 all over again, where we take two steps forward only to go three or four steps backwards,” said Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. “What we see is a very hard, right-wing government that I don’t believe has any intention of honouring the commitment that the previous government has made towards the anti-racism directorate’s strategy.”
Organizations and groups represented at the Sunday afternoon community event at Alexander the Great Parkette on the Danforth included Urban Alliance on Race Relations, the United Jewish Peoples’ Order and Eastminster United Church.