Explainer: what ‘defund the police’ really means

Explainer: what ‘defund the police’ really means
Original Article: The Record  LIZ MONTEIRO JUNE 17, 2020 WATERLOO REGION — Only a few weeks ago the term “defund the police” was mostly reserved for discussion among academics and activists. Few people had heard of the concept until the killing of George Floyd. Now, Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police just over three weeks ago, has galvanized many in the mainstream population and forced them to think about police reform.

Region of Waterloo council actions confirm entrenched anti-Black racism

Region of Waterloo council actions confirm entrenched anti-Black racism
Original Article: The Record  Opinion: ACB Netowrk June 17 2020 In a disappointing pre-emptive move, Region of Waterloo council voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm their commitment to continuing business as usual, by producing more statements about the inequities faced by members of the Black community. Specific demands from the Black community to reduce socio-economic racial inequality through reallocating police funding to community-le

Student-led group calls for their voices to be reflected in review of police in schools

Student-led group calls for their voices to be reflected in review of police in schools
Original Article: The Record LIZ MONTEIRO JUNE 15, 2020 WATERLOO REGION — A group of students is calling on the public school board to include their voices as they review the police in schools program. In an Instagram post, Students 4 Inclusive Schools said students’ voices should be “predominant” as trustees and Waterloo Region District School Board officials look into the program during its 20-year history. “Students across the region do not feel safe

Police board to discuss ‘systemic racism’ at meeting this week

Police board to discuss ‘systemic racism’ at meeting this week
Original Article: The Record LAURA BOOTH JUNE 15, 2020 WATERLOO REGION — The organization that oversees Waterloo Regional Police Service and sets its budget will discuss the issues raised by Black activists at a meeting this week, says the board chair. “It is our intent to hear from the Chief (Bryan Larkin) what actions have been taken and what undertakings are being made within the police service to address systemic racism,” Karen Redman, chair o

‘Four words: Hold corrupt cops accountable’ — community activists weigh in on defunding police

‘Four words: Hold corrupt cops accountable’ — community activists weigh in on defunding police
Original Article: The Record  JOEL RUBINOFF JUNE 16, 2020 If one thing has become clear in the aftermath of George Floyd’s agonizing death when a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, it’s that when it comes to calls for police reform, there is a vast gulf between marginalized Black communities and the privileged white majority. As conciliatory white politicians do their best to appease calls for change with promises of more