We will be attending a community meeting on Thursday February 26th regarding the conditions of the Toronto South Detention Centre.
We of course believe that all forms of detention are cruel and tortuous. There are some local community members who are enraged at the two recent deaths in the detention centre, one from an overdose and the other a suicide. There has also been a recent lockdown of the centre for seven days straight.
The detention centre has been labelled as a state-of-the-art health care unit. We all know that is far from the truth. Local community members want people to know that the two deaths and horrible conditions are not going unnoticed. We fully endorse the commitment of local communities to challenge the Ontario/Canadian prison systems.
Please come out and meet with us and many concerned individuals to talk about what we can all do to support those on the inside.
Thursday February 26th @ 5:30pm
526 Richmond St. E.
(Richmond and Parliament)
Starting this past Sunday, Feb 8th 2015, there is a week of talks, workshops, film viewings, protests, etc. to educate the public about federal US laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which could include nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).
The only events happening in Canada are in Vancouver, and the closest events to Toronto are happening in NYC. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be involved. Earth First! has tons of resources on the AETA for you to read, and you can support Kevin Johnson by writing him a letter. He was targeted by the AETA. For more info on Kevin’s support network check out his site here http://supportkevinandtyler.com/
His mailing address:
KEVIN JOHNSON 47353-424
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
For all of the info on the Global Week of Action Against the AETA visit Earth First! http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2015/02/08/global-week-of-action-against-the-animal-enterprise-terrorism-act/
Claire was interviewed by Vic on Rotating Radio Radicals.
She had a lot to say! She talked about organizing in Toronto, her roots in the animal rights community, prisoner support work, the projects ABC are currently working on, and how much she hates talking to the public.
Date: Sunday February 1st
Where: Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)
We’re switching this up a little bit. Due to some conflicts with schedules we will be hosting our next letter writing night on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1st 2015. This is the first Sunday of February. That means there will be no event in January.
We will be learning about and writing to The Cleveland 4.
They are four Occupy Cleveland activists— Brandon, Skelly, Connor, and Doug, who were accused of plotting a series of bombings. However, the real story is that FBI informants and undercover agents had a heavy hand in creating the alleged plot, produced the explosives, and coerced the four into participating. For more information, visit http://cleveland4solidarity.org/
Accessibility: This child-friendly event is FREE and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs. If you have any questions about the space, or if you have a safety concern please email us – torontoblackcross (at) gmail.com
Thanks as always to Beit Zatoun for their generous support in letting us host letter nights in their space!
We are so happy!! Sending so much love to Eric and his loved ones.
It is with bursting hearts that we write to tell you some amazing news. Today, January 8, Eric was ordered released from prison. It has been almost 9 years exactly since he was arrested in Auburn, CA, on January 13,2006.
Eric’s projected release date - until today - was February of 2023.
Get the full scoop from Sacramento Prisoner Support site.
Eric McDavid was released today!.
We cant’ find the correct words to express the anger we feel towards the police, specifically related to their treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada, and even more so, indigenous women. No wonder there has been no inquiry for the murdered and missing indigenous women. RAGE.
“The senior officer in the detachment first said “it wasn’t right” for Theriault to take the woman out of custody but finally said: “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f–k you want to do.”
Read more here:
Send some love through the walls this season! Join us for a night of conversation, tasty vegan snacks and card-writing for dozens of prisoners across North America.
We will be sending cards to a lot of people. For a list of who we’re writing to, check out NYC ABC’s excellent Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War: http://nycabc.wordpress.com/guide/
Date and time:
Sunday November 30th, 6pm-9pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St near Bathurst and Bloor
Accessibility info: The entrance into Beit Zatoun has two steps, a small landing, and one step up to the front door. Once inside, there are two steps to get up to the main space. A fold out ramp can be provided. The bathroom is in the basement, which requires navigation of a steep staircase – with a handrail.
Vegan food, and refreshments provided. Child care will be available, advanced notice for childcare is not required, but will help us to provide age appropriate activities.
During the event, if you are at all uncomfortable in the space, organizers will be around to talk with you, if needed.
If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org