Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com Released Saturday, August 1, Respectively 2020 9:54PM EDT Last Updated Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:26PM EDT
Hundreds of protesters have gathered downtown Toronto Saturday Evening to Get a march calling for the abolition of the prison system.
Called”A March to Prison Abolition,” it began in Bellevue Square Park in 8 pm
Protesters carried signs and chanted”no justice, no peace,””abolish law enforcement,” and”Black lifestyles that they issue ” as they flew along Dundas Street.
The march was organized by Another Black Life. In a short times before the deadline, the team stated,”emancipation is not real before the systems which oppress us are ”
“our ancestors resisted slavery, we’ll abolish the prison industrial complex.”
August 1 is Emancipation Day, which marks the conclusion of captivity in Canada. The group is calling for the national government to state Emancipation Day as a federal holiday.
Earlier in the afternoon, another bunch of protesters filled the streets of downtown Toronto to recall Emancipation Day.
They called for the end to systemic racism in schooling, the justice system, child welfare, education and health care.
“we would like to make sure that the systemic, institutionalized racism in Canada is dismantled so all people can live ,” Bishop Ransford Jones of Destiny Gospel Centre stated. “We have to use our liberty to make sure our liberty.”
The team made many stops, such as in the Children’s Aid Society and the Toronto Police Headquarters.
“We will need to appear structurally to the frameworks of discrimination and racism which are influencing us round the board,” said Yvette Blackburn of this worldwide Jamaican Diaspora Council.
The team Recall the 400 also held a rally at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, calling for the month of August to become formally acknowledged as Freedom Month.
– along with files from CTV Toronto’s Mike Walker