Open Forum at York University to address Racial profiling by police and Gender-Based Violence

7 Feb

Open Forum at York University to address Racial profiling by police and Gender-Based Violence
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Open Forum at York University to address Racial profiling by police and Gender-Based Violence

What: People’s Forum on Campus Safety
When: Thursday, February 7th @ 1pm
Who: Students, Staff, Faculty, and Community members at York University
Where: Vari Hall, York University (4700 Keele Street, Toronto)
Visuals: Banners, placards, students, faculty, staff and community members dressed in black

York students, staff and faculty are insisting that police presence has done nothing to solve rates of sexual assault on campus but racist profiling by police has further compromised student safety. Students have called a public forum for this Thursday, February 7th at 1pm, to take place in Vari Hall, York University, one of the most public and open spaces on York’s campus.

At the public forum, York University community members and students will testify about Toronto police officers patrolling the York University campus stopping, questioning and IDing black and brown men, and about all of their safety concerns on the York campus, including sexual assault.

“Students are fed up of listening to university administrators talk about campus safety, but doing nothing about the systemic issues that cause gender-based violence, and racism. We are holding this forum to talk about these systemic issues, and to raise with the university that we will not be silent on this and that they need to do something about it!” says Johannah May Black, member of Cops Off Campus Coalition.

Cops off Campus Coalition is a network of groups on campus and in the community, who are concerned with the safety of York students, and are disturbed about police presence on campus, especially in regards to the police’s profiling and intimidation of students and community members.

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For more information:

Cops Off Campus Coalition: copsoffcampus@gmail.com

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