Category: Anti-Racism

  • The Scarlet Standard: Episode 1 – The Christie Pits Riot

    In this inaugural episode we discuss the legacy of the Christie Pits Riot of August 1933. As the largest riot in Toronto’s history, this event stands as a watershed moment in Canadian-Jewish history, and should be regarded as a great act of anti-fascist resistance. Today, echoes of this history can be seen in rising tides of fascist violence, the bizarre relationship between Canadian police and Nazism, and the courageous efforts of protesters in the Black Lives Matter Movement. Listen to audio »

  • Racism, Palestine and the IHRA: Letter to Barrie City Council

    Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) applauds Barrie, Ontario, Mayor Jeff Lehman for withdrawing a motion to adopt the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism on August 10, 2020. Motion 8.2, Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism was due to be voted on by Barrie City Council … Keep reading »

  • Systemic Racism in the US and Israel: Analogies and Differences

    A most relevant analogy between the US and Israel lies in the principal rationale for the force of their establishment as settler-colonial states. Imperialism, which is the driving force of the settler colonial project, is inherently racist and racializing. With the establishment of the state, racialized capital becomes structural and institutional; it becomes systemic. The … Keep reading »

  • Debating the IHRA and Anti-Semitism: Why the CIJA Lost

    For more than five years, and on numerous occasions, the Jewish anti-racist social justice organization Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) invited the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) – Canada’s pro-Israel advocacy group – to a public debate. But the latter rebuffed each of IJV’s overtures. In recoiling consistently before the prospect of a … Keep reading »

  • Racism, COVID-19, and the Fight for Economic Justice

    While the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests sweeping the United States were triggered by recent police murders of unarmed African Americans, they are also helping to encourage popular recognition that racism has a long history of punishing consequences for black people that extend beyond policing. Among these are the enormous disparities between black and white … Keep reading »

  • The Real Masters of ‘Cancel Culture’ – The Pro-Israel Lobby

    When hockey broadcaster Sportsnet fired Canadian media personality Don Cherry in November 2019 for his bigoted remarks on “Coach’s Corner,” we heard the usual right-wing complaint chorus about the suppression of free speech by the liberal/left. A favoured method of censor/censure nowadays is said to be “de-platforming,” i.e., denying those you disagree with a platform … Keep reading »

  • Next Steps in the Anti-Racist Struggle?

    We have the good fortune to be living in one of those moments when we have a chance to accelerate history. The uncertainty is whether we can actually make it happen. The culture of protest that has taken such a firm hold among the racialized, young people, and women especially, over the last five years … Keep reading »

  • Three Measures Against Racist Policing

    As protests against police brutality and racism drive policy shifts around the nation, which changes can actually bring sustained long-term improvements? Keep reading »

  • Justice Is Indivisible

    The UofT’s Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement and CUPE 3902’s Racialized Caucus are deeply honoured to have hosted legendary freedom fighter Dr. Angela Davis, for the opening keynote of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020. Watch video »

  • Public Transit, Fares and Policing in Toronto: Riders Groups Respond

    Oppose the Return to Fare Enforcement on the TTC Free Transit Toronto In Toronto, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) has long made the link between transit fare enforcement and racism. TTCriders also connect transit advocacy and anti-racism, emphasizing that transit underfunding and transit enforcement has especially negative consequences for Black people. They reiterate their longstanding demand … Keep reading »

  • All Out: Policing, Racism and Our Collective Response

    The recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is the latest in a series of criminal acts by police departments against black people in the US, and it echoes the similar recent crime against the medical technician Breonna Tayler in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the racist hate crime against the unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery, … Keep reading »

  • Police Violence and Liberal Politicians’ Spending

    George Floyd’s death proves again why America needs to defund bloated and militarized police departments. Keep reading »