Black Lives Matter Statement on Surrey Police Brutality Incident

Earlier this week in Surrey, two male police officers slammed a 16-year old Black girl to the ground and handcuffed her. The officers (edit: one white, one South Asian) approached her while she was waiting for the bus, assuming she was someone else. When she told them they had the wrong person they threw her … More Black Lives Matter Statement on Surrey Police Brutality Incident

BLM-Vancouver Statement on Vancouver “Women’s March on Washington”

At this moment in history Canada has an incredible opportunity to create a counter-narrative to what is happening in the United States, challenge regressive policies and laws, and champion social inclusion and human rights for all. This can only happen if we work together and if we listen to those who are most marginalized and oppressed. … More BLM-Vancouver Statement on Vancouver “Women’s March on Washington”

On The Birth of a Nation at Vancouver International Film Festival 2016

Living at the intersection of identities should not require a person to choose between their Blackness and their gender.

Black artists should be uplifted, supported and celebrated, however, support for black men and black narratives does not and must not preclude vocal resistance of rape culture and its effect on black women. … More On The Birth of a Nation at Vancouver International Film Festival 2016

Black Lives Matter-Vancouver at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Black Lives Matter at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival This year we are thrilled that the VQFF has recognized the importance of including Black and Indigenous stories in their programming. We are encouraged to see that some organizations are focusing on groups that are often left out within the queer community. There is a profound … More Black Lives Matter-Vancouver at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

A small change but a big victory for Black Lives Matter Vancouver

July 25th. Unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. As Pride Week gets underway in Vancouver, Black Lives Matter – Vancouver, BC and the Vancouver Pride Society have met and plan to continue dialogue aimed at making sure People of Colour and other groups that experience marginalization feel welcome at Pride. We acknowledge … More A small change but a big victory for Black Lives Matter Vancouver

Suggestions on inclusion and support for people of colour presented to Mayor

This list of suggestions was presented to Mayor Gregor Robertson on July 19th, 2016. This is a working document and we welcome suggestions (blacklivesmattervan@gmail.com). Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories 1. Funding, infrastructure and resources for anti-racist and anti-oppression training for the Vancouver Police Department, Fire Department and other frontline services. a. A grant to BLMV … More Suggestions on inclusion and support for people of colour presented to Mayor

Open Letter to the Vancouver Pride Society and the Vancouver Police Department from Black Lives Matter Vancouver

We would first like to acknowledge that we are writing this and doing our organizing work on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations. OPEN LETTER TO THE VANCOUVER PRIDE SOCIETY AND THE VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT Black Lives Matter Vancouver and the Black community have spent the last weeks grieving, healing … More Open Letter to the Vancouver Pride Society and the Vancouver Police Department from Black Lives Matter Vancouver

Black Lives Matter Official Statement on police in pride parades

IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED POLICING OF CIVIC CENTER, GRAND MARSHALS, AWARDEES WITHDRAW FROM PARTICIPATION IN PRIDE PARADE Multiple Pride honorees state that increased policing and militarized security makes LGBTQ communities of color unsafe at Pride Celebration. San Francisco, CA – In light of the recent announcement that PRIDE participants would be subject to increased policing, … More Black Lives Matter Official Statement on police in pride parades

Black Lives Matter Official Statement on Dallas shootings

The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect. In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. As we … More Black Lives Matter Official Statement on Dallas shootings