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Black Lives Matter TO co-founder calls for abolishing police

Janaya khan, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM-TO), is “a Black, queer, gender non-conforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social justice educator and boxer based in Toronto” who “is committed to Black liberation, transformative justice, and indigenous sovereignty.”

Janaya Khan. Photo: CIJnews

In a new video published on YouTube on April 4, 2017, , Janaya khan accuses police of deliberately manufacturing criminals and calls for demilitarizing and eventually abolishing police. On February 10, 2017, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders announced that the Toronto Police Service will not participate in this year’s Pride parade after Pride Toronto accepted BLM-TO’s demand and voted to ban uniformed officers from the event. Toronto police officers will continue to provide security for the Pride Parade, but will not participate in side kiosks or parade floats.

The following is the transcription of the Janaya khan’s message:

It’s not just one bad apple. The whole damn tree is rotten. How do we ABOLISH the police? I think when people hear that we’re anti-police, they think it’s going to be chaos. The new abolitionist movement is – it’s about transformative justice. Non-prison, non-police strategies for dealing with violence and crisis in our communities. Who hasn’t had a bad day? Who hasn’t felt anxious or depressed? The question is should anybody deserve to die because of it? The police’s sole responsibility is to manufacture criminals. So here you have for-profit prisons. When you create space you create a demand that means that bodies have to fill those prisons. And we have seen that it’s largely transgender people. It’s black people. It is native people. It’s Latinx people. When you have that demand, then you also have to create incentives. That trickles down to police who also now has the incentive of creating criminals. It’s not about justice anymore. It’s about profit I think we start with the demilitarization the police. Police don’t need assault weapons to protect people. The second thing that we can do is really look at police budgets and create models and economies for that divestment from institution of policing and the reinvestment in community models. That means taking money out of police budgets and slowly phasing out police because we don’t actually need them in our communities. They don’t keep people safe. You know, when you’re looking at it from the lens of race in this country it’s absolutely easier to manufacture criminals around that. When people’s skin becomes weaponized, particularly black skin, a book becomes a gun, a cellphone becomes a gun, a bag of Skittles becomes a gun. We don’t have some personal war with individual police officers. What we do have is deep concern and a fight against the institution of policing. Undocumented communities know that they can’t call the police in the event that crisis happens. A lot of black communities know that too. And so entire mosques, churches, communities – they have agreements where they won’t call the police should something happen. And in its place, we’ve seen such a wonderful and diverse response when it comes to intervention in our communities. We’ve seen people rise up with trainings around mental health crisis, intimate partner violence crisis. We’ve seen rapid response justice teams, and I think that’s really what we need to be building. Revolution isn’t just the ending of something. It’s the beginning of something new.

In an interview with Democracy Now during Anti Trump Protest in California Janaya Khan said the following:

My name is Janaya Khan and I’m representing the movement from Black Lives [Matter] here from Toronto but in California. What we’re seeing is people actively voicing their dissent in light of a horrible truth that is Donald Trump. He has used racism, bigotry, suggested Muslim registry, uses Islamophobia. He has used and acted any system of oppression in order to gain power and this is 2017. He [Trump] is an illegitimate President and we do not respect him as such.

Analyzing the challenges black people are facing following the Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the President of the US in a lecture in Amsterdam (December 20, 2016), Janaya Khan implicitly suggested that the “regular people” and “white people” are “racists” because they voted Trump in. in this regard Khan said the following:

My name is Janaya Khan and I’m representing the movement from Black Lives [Matter] here from Toronto but in California. What we’re seeing is people actively voicing their dissent in light of a horrible truth that is Donald Trump. He has used racism, bigotry, suggested Muslim registry, uses Islamophobia. He has used and acted any system of oppression in order to gain power and this is 2017. He [Trump] is an illegitimate President and we do not respect him as such.

Analyzing the challenges black people are facing following the Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the President of the US in a lecture in Amsterdam (December 20, 2016), Janaya Khan implicitly suggested that the “regular people” and “white people” are “racists” because they voted Trump in. in this regard Khan said the following:

We need to stop making the distinction between racists and regular people. Because here’s the reality. Those people at administrative power they might be the open and active racists, but it is the inactive people who made them in power. It’s now the people who are waving Confederate flags and wearing KKK [Ku Klux Klan] uniforms. Now, it was regular people with public white people just deserve a chance, who just needed a fair shake, because white people never get a fair shake, and it’s really hard for white folks, you know, all that privilege. [crowd laughing] Where does one even start? you know… we fight for freedom we fight for liberation.

In summer 2016, Janaya Khan accused “white supremacy” and “white people” of creating the conditions of a “race war” by systematically oppressing people and using police forces and military to brutalize them.

On July 13, 2016, Janaya Khan posted the following on Facebook:

let’s be clear about some things:when you make every attempt to eradicate entire populations of people and steal their land. When you steal people, place them on ships and enslave them on said stolen land. When the wealth and economy made by stolen land and stolen labour are then used to keep those populations oppressed, ensuring reserves experience some of the harshest conditions and enslavement mutates into the prison industrial complex. When you create internment camps, indentured labourers, exploitative conditions for migrant workers. When you create policies, legislation and institutions that depend on the exploitation of those populations who are denied access on every socio-economic and political level, who are most vulnerable to state sanctioned violence and use police forces and military to brutalize those people and its white supremacy/white people that created, facilitated, directed and benefited from the aforementioned histories and realities… I‘d say those are the conditions of a race war. Not people trying to break free of one.

In an interview to the British NUS (National Union of Students) Black Students, Janaya Khan explained in detail the ideology of Black Lives Matter and its long-run goals.

She is in favour of espousing “non-Police and non-prison base strategies” and working towards “actively demilitarizing the Police.”

Khan’s vision is based on an idea of Black Autonomy and black self-determination and it includes the developing of “our own autonomous communities” which will not need the Police.

She also fended off claims of black on black crime arguing that violence in Black communities is “a result of systemic oppression” by authorities.

Janaya Khan also claimed that the Orlando massacre, in which a ISIS-inspired devout Muslim murdered 44 people in a gay nightclub (June 12, 2016), “is not Islam” but “a result of centuries old hate” that was “constructed by imperialism.”

She warned that “white supremacy will blame Islam” and “it will use this to further justify inflated military response” in order “to kill Muslims all over the world.”

Blaming Islam is “racism”, according to Khan. “I will call out the racism that blames Islam, Muslims and Black and brown people,” she wrote.

Khan’s statement goes in line with the position espoused by Black Lives Matter – Toronto, the self proclaimed “coalition of Black Torontonians resisting anti-Black racism, state-sponsored violence, police brutality.”

Black Lives Matter-Toronto exonerated Islam from responsibility of terrorism following the Orlando massacre and identified white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and militarism as the “enemy” and blame these four forces of responsibility for creating terrorism and homophobia.

The enemy is now and has always been the four threats of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and militarism. These forces and not Islam create terrorism. These forces, and not queerness, create homophobia… Until these systems are defeated, until anti-Blackness no longer fuels anti-Muslim and anti-queer and trans bigotry, exploitation, and exclusion — we can never be truly free,” the posting of Black Lives Matter-Toronto read.

Background information on Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Black students demand free tuition, renaming of Ryerson University (click HERE)

BLM-TO co-founder calls to “stop making distinction between racists, regular people” (click HERE)

John Tory commends Black Lives Matter for promoting race relations (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter TO received award for “race relations” (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter’s co-founder: “white skin is sub-humxn” (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter says tuition fees used to fund wars, enslave blacks (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter accuses West, Canada for death toll in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter sends stern message to “lesbian” Wynne, “supremacist” CBC, U of T (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom” in Canada (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter – TO co-founder: Police commit “genocide” against Black people (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter TO’s leader: Sex workers, marginalized people “are most equipped to lead” click HERE)

Black Lives Matter – TO leader on Nice attack: “White supremacy is the killer”, NOT Islam (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter-TO’s leader warns of a “race war” (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter TO: “Black on Black crime is a myth”, “result of State oppression” (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter TO’s leader: “We’re looking at actively demilitarizing the Police” (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter-TO: “White supremacy” blames Islam for terror to kill Muslims (click HERE)

Black Lives Matter – Toronto: white supremacy, capitalism create terrorism, NOT Islam (click HERE)

Toronto Black Lives Matter co-founder equates Trudeau government to KKK (click HERE)

Black Live Matter protest: Somalis who fled civil war realized that Canada is worse (click HERE)

Black activist doesn’t apologize for her repressed urge to kill white people, “I was vilified” (click HERE)

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