TORONTO, IT’S TIME:
REINVEST IN COMMUNITIES – NOT POLICING
The Neighbourhood Group’s Advocacy Committee focuses on expanding the reach of the key messages put forward in Reimagining Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto, a collaboration of like-minded leaders across the city, led by Toronto Neighbourhood Centres.
This report, released in January, 2021, shines a light on the over-policing of Black, racialized and Indigenous people as well as youth, those experiencing homelessness, people facing gender-based violence and the LGBTQ2S+ community. The recommendations propose concrete, proven alternatives that keep communities safer, at a far lower cost (as pointed out by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association). This shift mirrors the feeling shared by many who envision a new way of protecting those who are vulnerable. Being homeless or dealing with mental health challenges is not a crime.
We are asking you to stand up with us, share your lived experience and lend your support to this growing movement.
Together we will:
- Find solutions to protect overpoliced and stigmatized people
- Engage your community and make our neighbourhoods safe
- Ask City Councillors to reallocate resources to broaden community-based supports and send the right people to respond in a crisis
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STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
STEP ONE: Get familiar and read Rethinking Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto
STEP TWO: Understand the immediate timetable – we are focusing on the upcoming Council vote in January and February.
RETHINK POLICING TOOLKIT
Watch these impactful videos produced by photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Allen Agostino.
Launch of Rethink Policing Event – July 28, 2021
A bold, insightful discussion with community leaders including Nicki Casseres, Coordinator of Training and Education, Gerstein Crisis Centre, Nadine Casemore, The 519 Coordinator, Anti-Violence Initiatives, Monica Samuel, Founder & Executive Director of Black Women in Motion and Lemme Shafi, Post Graduate Student and Youth Program Volunteer.
Moderated by A. Gregory Frankson, Voice Share founder with youth participation led by Delina Efrem
Land acknowledgement: Janie Cooper-Wilson
Video produced by photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Allen Agostino
Call to Action from Sean Meagher, Coordinator of ConveneToronto
Remarks from Shannon McCauley, The Neighbourhood Group Board member and Ingrid Palmer, Director of Networks and Relationships at Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
Spoken Word ‘What’s New’ by Jonathan Arefaine
Watch the Launch of Rethink Policing Event and click here for the transcript
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR INPUT
This Rethink Policing Toolkit will be constantly reviewed and refreshed.
Stay in touch and share your ideas so we can add them to the toolkit. We look forward to your input.
Serena Nudel (she/her)
Director of Community Programs
The Neighbourhood Group Community Services
91 Bellevue Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2N8
416.676.9793 | firstname.lastname@example.org