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The Durham Police killing of Michael MacIsaac, One Year After With Sister Joanne

The Durham Police killing of Michael MacIsaac, One Year After With Sister Joanne

Michael MacIsaac was killed by Durham Region Police last year on December 2nd, 2013. His sister Joanne MacIsaac was in the studio with Radio Basics on December 1, 2014 to talk about the blatant lies, disrespect and cover ups that the province’s Special Investigations Unit and the Durham Police took part in to ensure that

VANDU fights criminalizing Street Vending Bylaw

Provincial Judge upholds constitutionality of bylaw that criminalizes the poor. By: Aiyanas Ormond  “Don’t kick us when we’re down,” said Susan Aleck, standing in front of the provincial courthouse in Vancouver. “Let us get up and make ourselves better. Give us some space.” Aleck is one of four members of the Vancouver Area Network of

Radio BASICS – Interview with inmate Ryan Jordan

Radio BASICS August 25/2014 In this feature interview we talk to inmate Ryan Jordan about systemic racism, racial discrimination, racial divides between administration and inmates and a racial division between who gets privileges and who gets punishments within Canada’s “Correctional Institutions”. Incarcerated since 2003, Jordan speaks from his experiences as a grievance clerk for other

If the cops kick down your door

Your rights, the reality, and building a struggle against police terror in our communities By an anonymous contributor The following contribution comes from someone who BASICS knows to be quite  knowledgeable about how police raids are conducted.  This person asked to remain anonymous. Please note that this article, though it touches on issues relating to

The emergence of the neoliberal containment state in Canada

by Aiyanas Ormond Reproduced with permission from author and The Mainlander: Vancouver’s Place for Progressive Politics AUTHOR’S NOTE | This article emerges from 5 years of working as a community organizer for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Thank you to the VANDU Board for allowing me to lean on their community organizing work and

Killer Cop Back to Work

Police Chief Reassigns James Forcillo to Crime Stoppers Unit by Shafiqullah Aziz After a seven month suspension with pay, Constable James Forcillo, who killed Sammy Yatim on July 27, 2013,  returned to work with the Toronto Police Services (TPS). Forcillo has now been assigned to the Crime Stoppers unit, and has been on the job

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