CUPE 3902 stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter – Toronto (BLMTO) in their ongoing struggle to demand justice for the growing number of Black Lives who have been lost due to the deadly behaviour of the Toronto Police Services. We also stand in solidarity with those members of BLMTO who are currently occupying the plaza outside of Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College St. and have stood tall in the face of police violence and courageously vowed to not move until the following demands are met:
- The immediate release of the name(s) of the officer(s) who killed Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.
- A review of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) with adequate consultation from families victimized by police violence.
- Reversal of all city-mandated changes imposed on Afrofest including its restoration to a 2-day festival.
CUPE 3902 extends its solidarity to Black Lives Matter, Toronto’s Black Community and all of the victims of police violence in the city. CUPE 3902 is committed to working with community groups on the frontlines of the struggle against police brutality which is disproportionately faced by the Black Community and challenges the Toronto Police Services to immediately put a stop to all forms of racial profiling. We also call for immediate reforms to reverse the deadly pattern that has emerged when the Toronto Police Services encounter community members with mental health issues. CUPE 3902 offers help in whatever capacity it can, and encourages its members to provide support in any of the following ways: spreading the word about BLMTO’s action and rally against police brutality; joining BLMTO outside of Toronto Police Headquarters and coming out to the rally on Saturday; donating money, supplies, skills; writing to local politicians and media.