If you follow me (and the rest of the S. J. Maas fandom) online, you may have seen some comments flying around about me working on the upcoming ACOTAR colouring book.
WELL! I had to be 100% sure that I could say anything about it - but now I can confirm that yes! I am one of the artists involved. I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT IT.
I wanted to say thanks to everyone for their wonderful support and equal excitement! This is a dream project for me, to be involved in something because of how much I love it. It be might a little TMI but when I was asked to be involved I was reading that email and literally screaming in a toilet. I’m very excited okay. I can’t wait to share it with you all!
Police carding is alive and well — I just witnessed it.
On my way to a Blue Jays game on Tuesday, I saw a young black man standing on the sidewalk in Chinatown, surrounded by Toronto police, his hands held in the air. The man was backed up against a storefront window, wide-eyed and trembling. The fear in this man’s face gripped me and I approached the scene to make sure he was all right.
Toronto Police tell us that carding — the arbitrary stopping and documenting of civilians in Toronto — is over, but I witnessed it yet again this week with my eyes, and through the lens of my cellphone camera. Cops say they care about good community relations, but their treatment of this man, and of me for looking out for him, proves that many officers value intimidation over dialogue. They continue detaining, searching, and documenting innocent people, especially black people, and putting our lives at risk to satisfy their own prejudices.
I couldn’t determine this young man’s name, but we’ll call him Omar. When I arrived at the scene on Spadina Ave. near Dundas St. W., police were clearly running Omar’s name through their databases to determine his identity. As he stood flabbergasted, Omar kept asking police, “Why are you making this about me? I’m the one who called you!”
Police were repeatedly questioning Omar about his middle name, and about his precise address, as if he may have been trying to mislead them. An officer on the scene would later tell me that Omar himself had called 911 to say he’d been stabbed (I heard Omar tell police about being robbed, not stabbed — he produced some cash from a pocket to indicate what he’d lost). But at that moment, Omar was being treated as a suspect, humiliated on a public street after he’d called for help.
The Harvesting Freedom Caravan arrived outside the Ontario Food Terminal on the Queensway Sunday morning, September 25, to mark the 50th year of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – and to call for permanent immigration status and better working conditions for temporary foreign agricultural workers. The caravan had headed out from Leamington September 4 on three-week trip to Ottawa to demand support for workers. Demonstrators carried large signs in the shapes of vegetables. On the yellow bell pepper were the words “You’re eating injustice.”
Tens of thousands of migrant farm workers from the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, The Philippines and Thailand toil in fields across Canada without the possibility of applying for permanent residency, health care or basic labour rights. In Ontario, for example, there is no minimum wage for farm workers. Many are tied into contracts with single employers and can be sent home without cause. NOW spoke with two former migrant farm workers at the rally.
Activists in Halifax are unhappy after the chief of police suggested systematic racism within policing is not as bad in Canada as it is in the United States and claimed that “perception” has been created by social media.
“Racism isn’t imported here,” said El Jones, activist, professor, and the city’s poet laureate. “It’s not an American issue we’re just adopting. It’s organic here.”
She was responding to comments made last week by Chief Jean-Michel Blais who, in a speech before the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, blamed the “Ferguson effect” for changing perceptions of cops in Canada.
“Even when US law enforcement has issues, we, in Canada, even here in Halifax, end up wearing them,” Chief Blais told the crowd, arguing that those perceptions often have “no basis in fact.”
“There are all these concerns that police officers are out there shooting people with the same regularity in Canada as in the States,” he added in an interview with VICE News. “And that’s not the case.”
But according to Jones, that fact alone offers little insight into a “long history” of racism within the city’s police force.
“Police brutality is not an event,” Jones said. “It’s a continuum, it’s a constant presence in people’s lives.
"Poverty is violence, over-policing is violence, mass incarceration is violence, and when you’re a racialized person, you experience that constantly at the hand of the state,” said Jones. “You can’t discount that and say, well, there’s no police shootings, therefore it’s not an issue. We shouldn’t need a large event, like a shooting, to draw attention to it.”
African Nova Scotians make up just two percent of the province’s population, but represent 14 percent of adult inmates in Nova Scotia, with that number climbing to 16 percent for young offenders, according to documents obtained by the province’s NDP caucus.
And although Chief Blais argued the numbers prove the problem is not nearly as bad in Canada, there are no complete nation-wide statistics on deaths at the hands of police.
Last year, a VICE News investigation found it was impossible to determine how many people are shot and killed each year by cops in Canada overall, let alone get a racial breakdown of that data. While some forces publish statistics on use of force, they usually include little information about the number of deaths or injury, or the background of the victims.
I found my autumn aesthetic guys! I am loving the warm colours and coincidentally it seems that today is the day autumn decided to properly kick off. 🍂🍁🍂🍁 And of course, it’s pretty nifty to be able to show some gryffindor house pride at the same time. 🦁🙌🏻