From Ferguson to New York to Toronto – Disarm the Cops!

SOCIALISM 2015: this changes everything: an International Educational Conference MAY 22-23, 2015 Toronto

- Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, Socialist Action USA

- Ellie Carlson representing the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence.

- Peter D’Gama, paralegal worker, anti-racist activist, and SA member in North Etobicoke.

Watch the presentations here:

NEPV: Organizing Resistance to Toronto Police Violence 19 March 2015

Network to Eliminate Police Violence (NEPV) organizer Ellie Adekur-Carlson joined us for the Premiere of What World Do You Live In? and has earned our undying gratitude by helping to spread the message ever since. On March 19, while several other activists made presentations inside the monthly Toronto Police Services Board meeting, NEPV radicals outside insist that organizing powerful grassroots resistance is the only real way forward.!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg

Ajamu Nangwaya summarizes it this way: “We're here, not begging for justice from the forces behind us, but to serve notice that we are going to start organizing in our communities to fight police violence.”Ellie kicks things off explaining that we're “protesting the rampant use of carding in communities across the city.” Carding, is Toronto Police's euphemism for what's known more widely as stop and frisk practices. “Those who are affected by this the most are afraid to come out,” she continues, noting that illegal police “strip searches take place daily” as a form of intimidation for those targeted by police.

John Clarke from OCAP (critical in our previous week's release SAFE PARK) takes centre stage in solidarity with the 'organize, don't beg' message. In a racist and capitalist society, he insists, police reinforce those values very intentionally. The escalation in police violence matches a particular political need for increased social control in a time of austerity. The result is a “tinder box” that could blow at any moment. This is “not about liberal fuzziness,” he notes to applause. The “answer is for communities to organize resistance.”Ellie takes the mic again. There's a “meeting in there, but we live there and live with those decisions. That's why we are out here.”

Watch the video here:

Police street checks: Valuable investigative tool or racial profiling?

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News

Each year, Edmonton police randomly stop, question and document tens of thousands of citizens who are not under arrest. It's a practice police call street checks, but others know it as carding.!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/li-police-lrt.jpg

Figures provided by Edmonton police show between 2011 and 2014, officers carded an average 26,000-plus people per year, a total of 105,306 over four years.

Police insist street checks help solve and prevent crimes. Acting Staff Sgt. Brent Dahlseide, in charge of downtown foot patrols, said the stops aren't motivated by race.

"It's not who. It's the behaviour," or the location, said Dahlseide.

"I know we don't racially profile. I would be very taken aback if somebody came up and told me that my members who I'm putting out on the street daily were conducting their business in a racial manner. It would really surprise and shock me."

Dahlseide said street checks might be misperceived as racial profiling based on preconceived notions about police, or when more checks are conducted in an area heavily populated by one visible minority group.

Read more here: