Kitchener Black Lives Matter rally helped raise $17,000 for local Black and Indigenous community programs

Kitchener Black Lives Matter rally helped raise $17,000 for local Black and Indigenous community programs
Original Article: The Record  JAMES JACKSON JUNE 22, 2020 KITCHENER — Organizers of a peaceful rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in downtown Kitchener earlier this month have raised thousands of dollars for local grassroots initiatives. They initially launched a fundraiser to help cover costs associated with the June 3 event but managed to collect $17,000 after expenses were paid. The money will support programming for Black and Indigenous you

Local activist skeptical of WRPS anti-racism initiatives

Local activist skeptical of WRPS anti-racism initiatives
Original Article: CBC News  Posted: Jun 18, 2020 6:26 AM ET An internal advisory committee tasked with supporting equity and diversity and "challenging privilege internally" is in the works for the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Chief Bryan Larkin announced at a police services board meeting Wednesday. Toward the end of the meeting, Larkin spoke for more than 15 minutes about the police service's plans to address systemic racism. It was the fir

The African, Caribbean and Black Network say region and police have yet to reach out for meeting

The African, Caribbean and Black Network say region and police have yet to reach out for meeting
Original Article: The Record ANAM LATIF JUNE 18, 2020 WATERLOO REGION — Black activists say they have yet to hear from regional politicians and police about a meeting to discuss their demands to defund police and invest in community-based social programs instead. It has been two weeks since thousands of people marched to protest systemic anti-Black racism and, as of Thursday, neither regional council nor Waterloo Regional Police Services had reach

Waterloo Regional Police making changes to address systemic racism

Waterloo Regional Police making changes to address systemic racism
Original Article: CTV Kitchener  KRISTA SIMPSON JUNE 18, 2020 KITCHENER -- Waterloo Region’s Police Chief says he’s prepared to listen and learn, as his organization takes steps to address systemic racism. Bryan Larkin was emotional at Wednesday’s Police Services Board meeting, as he acknowledged the concerns raised about policing over the last few weeks. He says he’s disappointed when he hears that people fear the police, but he recognizes that fo