Today's News
ELAL 800×100
Peerles 800×100
S&P 600×100
Community Sports 800×100
Israel Bond RRSP Jan 2017
S&P 600×100
ELAL 600×100
Shlomo
Photo: CIJnews

BLM-TO demands not to suspend Black students until Black advisory board is formed

Activists with Black Lives Matter – Toronto (BLM-TO) met on Monday, May 1, 2017 with John Malloy, the director of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), “ to discuss the anti-black climate of our schools.”

BLM–TO posted on its Facebook page the following demands from Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board and Toronto District Catholic School Board:

  • Public apologies issues to children and families of children who have experienced abuse or violence from police officers on school property.
  • Divestment,defunding and immediate cessation of the Youth Education Officers Program and of the protocol of having police officers on duty in public schools, to ensure an environment safe from intimidation, harassment and violence.
  • The implementation of anti-racist training to be mandated at all levels.
  • The creation of community healing space for Black identified students who have experienced anti-Black racist violence in the school board through harassment by staff and administration.
  • Implementing a strategy to support Black students who have been pushed out of secondary school gain access to postsecondary education.
  • Appropriate allocation of material and human resources to the Africentric Alternative School, the Leonard Braithwaithe Program at Winston Churchill Collegiate and the Africentric Program at Downsview Secondary School.
  • The creation of representative district level advisory boards comprised of Black parents, Black students, Black community members, and Black community organizers. Without the approval of these advisory boards, no Black student in the Peel District School Board or Toronto District School Board should face suspensions, expulsions, or placement in a behavioural or Section 23 program.
  • Adequate support (including financial support) of community-determined educational programs created to address the achievement gap for Black students.
  • Adequate support for community-determined educational programs prioritizing the emotional well-being of Black students, prioritizing programs with an intersectional lens addressing anti-Black racism in conjunction with colonialism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and other systemic oppressions that contribute to the violence inflicted on Black communities.

TO read the full list of BLM-TO’s demands click HERE.

We are here with the director of the TDSB John Malloy to discuss the anti-black climate of our schools! There are a lot of issues targeting black student in education. Parents and educators are here to talk about it so, let's talk about it. #blackkidsmatter #nomoresrosOur Demands; Public apologies issues to children and families of children who have experienced abuse or violence from police officers on school property within the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and Peel District School Board (PDSB).Divestment,defunding and immediate cessation of the Youth Education Officers Program in Peel, the School Resource Officer program in Toronto, and of the protocol of having police officers on duty in public schools, to ensure an environment safe from intimidation, harassment and violence. The implementation of anti-racist training to be mandated at all levels of the Peel District School Board, Toronto Catholic School Board and Toronto District School Board.The creation of community healing space for Black identified students in PDSB, TDSB, and TCDSB schools who have experienced anti-Black racist violence in the school board through harassment by staff and administration. Financial prioritization by the province of community-determined initiatives such to address high push-out rates of Black students within the school board. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development consult with the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto to create and implement a strategy to support Black students who have been pushed out of secondary school gain access to postsecondary education.Appropriate allocation of material and human resources to the Africentric Alternative School, the Leonard Braithwaithe Program at Winston Churchill Collegiate and the Africentric Program at Downsview Secondary School. The creation of representative district level advisory boards comprised of Black parents, Black students, Black community members, and Black community organizers. Without the approval of these advisory boards, no Black student in the Peel District School Board or Toronto District School Board should face suspensions, expulsions, or placement in a behavioural or Section 23 program.Adequate support (including financial support) of community-determined educational programs created to address the achievement gap for Black students in the PDSB/TDSB/TCDSB.Adequate support for community-determined educational programs prioritizing the emotional well-being of Black students, prioritizing programs with an intersectional lens addressing anti-Black racism in conjunction with colonialism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and other systemic oppressions that contribute to the violence inflicted on Black communities.Commitment from Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board and Toronto District Catholic School Board directors to a town hall meeting with BlackLivesMatter – Toronto and community to discuss the fulfillment of above said demands. #BlackLivesMatter­ Toronto: through Blackcentric organizing, community mobilizing, and art, BLMTO works to revolutionize social services, eliminate policing and incarceration, and decolonize our communities. Through coalition building, solidarity work, and a Black­centric network, we work to destroy/dismantle antiblack racism and encourage the creation of new models of social organization. BLMTO is here to support healing justice, the liberation of our communities, families, and the freedom to love and self­ determine.

Posted by Black Lives Matter – Toronto on Monday, May 1, 2017

Violence in schools

The Black Liberation Collective (BLC), a group representing Black students in universities in North America and strives for “freedom and liberation for all Black people”, presented in 2016 a list of demands “to address widespread institutional inequity” that serves as “a catalyst to dismantle institutions that promote and engage in anti-Blackness.”

Yusra Khogali, co-founder of BLM-TO, wrote in this regard the following (November 1, 2016):

Black Liberation Collective – University of Toronto has created the first ever Black Contingent for this rally! We are challenging anti-black racism in Education on all levels and linking up with our fam across the city, from #YorkU , #RyersonU, #OCAD and #GBC. We are here to nuance the ongoing conversations on education as right as we steady fight for decolonial FREE education from the position of the black experience – we believe that we are not alone, students are rising across the world. Students are the forefront of all social change – we are who are behind social movements of resistance from time.

The following are excerpts from BLC’s demands in the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and University of Ottawa.

University of Toronto

  • Address the underrepresentation of Black administrators, faculty and teaching staff with the goal to increase the percentage of black faculty and staff members to at least 8.5 per cent (proportional to the population of Black people in Toronto) by 2017-18.
  • Intentionally address the underrepresentation of Black students, especially in professional programs and graduate programs.
  • Develop a two year plan to establish, adequately fund and support a standalone African & Caribbean Studies Department.
  • Establish mandatory equity training for all faculty, students, governors, and all other administrative bodies. This entails mandatory anti-oppression training for all persons employed by the University, and an equity breadth requirement for all students.
  • Solicit and increase the number of scholarships and funding resources available to Black students and Black students only, especially in professional, graduate, and Phd Programs.
  • Establish counseling and mental health services on the U of T campus that are culturally appropriate and representative for addressing the mental emotional, and psychological needs of Black students.
  • Divest from the American for-profit prison industry… Black people are disproportionately targeted and incarcerated throughout North America in a racist policing and incarceration system.
  • Implement free education for Black and Indigenous students… As a result of years of colonization of Black and Indigenous people, the University of Toronto is a beneficiary of the twin project of dispossessing Indigenous people of their land; and the slave labor of the Americas, responsible for enriching Britain and its colonies.

Ryerson University

  • Rename the university and remove the statue of Egerton Ryerson… often overlooked is the role that he played in the creation of the residential school system.
  • We demand that the university administration introduce more targeted grants, bursaries and scholarships to support access to education for Black students.
  • We demand that Ryerson University create and enforce a comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff and administration.
  • We demand that by the academic year 2017-2018 Ryerson University increase the percentage of Black tenured faculty, upper administration and full-time staff by ten percent.
  • We demand that Ryerson University expand the number of core courses offered that speak to the histories, experiences and realities of Black and Racialised communities to be taught by tenured Black and Racialised faculty.
  • We demand that Ryerson University stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter-TorontoWe demand that Ryerson University provide a donation to the coalition to support their ongoing organizing efforts.
  • We demand that the university administration restructure the Ryerson Black History Awareness Committee to be comprised solely of Black faculty, staff and students.

University of Ottawa

  • Equity Training for all staff, support staff, central administration.
  • Therapist of Color to be hired at the human Right Centre.
  • The creation of a Black studies department.
  • Reserved space for a racialized students Centre.
  • Divestment from prisons and investment in communities.
  • Free tuition for all black and indigenous students.


ELAL 600×100
Buzaker 600×100
S&P 600×100
Israel Bond RRSP Jan 2017

About CIJnews Staff

CIJnews Staff
CIJnews is an independent, dynamic and reliable online news source that serves the Canadian Jewish and Israeli communities and provides an uncensored platform for the spectrum of voices.

Send this to friend