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Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva Activists and concerned residents in the Durham region rallied outside the Oshawa Courthouse in the early morning of September 27 to protest the brutal, racially motivated attack on Dafonte Miller by an off-duty Toronto police officer and his brother. Two dozen protestors gathered and chanted just before the latest hearing in

The Failed Cover-Up of Scarborough Cop’s Vicious Attack on Teen: The Case of Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva It’s sometimes known as the ‘Blue Wall of Silence’. Sometimes the ‘Blue Code’. It’s that unwritten rule amongst cops that you don’t report on a fellow officer, even if doing so is in breach of the law, even when this means covering up heinous acts.  If you’ve never heard these expressions

Ontario Prisoner Punished on False Grounds

*After the publication of this article, BASICS learned that Nathanael Williams has been transferred to a prison in Quebec, where he is currently continuing his sentence. by Sara Jaffri Nathanael Williams, a 34-year old prison inmate in Kingston, Ontario, is currently under solitary confinement. He will be forcibly relocated across the country to Alberta at

Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

The TPS Carding Debate: Confusion and Misinformation is the Point

By Nooria Alam On June 24th, the Toronto Baha’i Centre hosted a public forum called “Conversation on Carding”,  where community members came together to discuss the Toronto Police Service’s’ policy on carding, lately a hot topic in Toronto media. Conversation focused on recent appearances by new TPS Chief Mark Saunders, who has defended carding as

The Housing Crisis and Colonialism in Mishkeegogamang: New BASICS doc reveals colonial living in Ontario’s north

In December 2014, BASICS people’s journalists Shafiq Aziz and Steve da Silva travelled to Mishkeegogamang First Nation, a remote Ojibway reserve located 7 hours  north of Thunder Bay as part of a serve-the-people project launched by the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of union local CUPE 3903.  Through a look at the housing situation on the reserve, BASICS

Justice for Jermaine Protest Locks Down Brampton Intersection on Christmas Eve

by Nathaniel Jote, Shafiqullah Aziz, Steve da Silva Concerned residents and community members gathered at a vigil on Christmas eve for Jermaine Carby, a Brampton man who was shot and killed by Peel Regional Police three months earlier.  The gathering rallied about 50 members at the location of Carby’s murder, near Queen and Kennedy, where

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