Opinion: Police solidarity wristbands are disrespectful

It’s no secret that we live in times of heightened tension. It seems nearly all sides of the socio-political landscape nowadays have some form of unwavering opinion bubbling just below the surface, just waiting for the right moment for outrage. One of the more perplexing and complicated conflicts in recent memory has pitted civilians against law enforcement. Unfortunately, thanks to numerous high-profile shootings and deaths of racial minorities at the hands of the police, public confidence in police has swayed. In response to public opinion turning against them, the police have created their own activist movement, Blue Lives Matter, after two NYPD officers were targeted and killed on-duty. Closer to home, Toronto cops are no longer welcome in uniform at […]

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Carleton groups organize conference for Abdirahman Abdi

Over 100 people gathered at the Hintonburg Community Centre in Ottawa on Oct. 2 for the Justice for Abdirahman Community Conference, which discussed mental health and racism in Canada’s justice system. The conference was organized by several groups from Carleton, including the Carleton Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), Carleton’s Student Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH), and Carleton’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). The event included six panels with speakers who addressed issues surrounding anti-blackness, mental illness, and the criminalization of Indigenous people. “We wanted our speakers to be people in Ottawa who are doing great work and don’t really have a platform to showcase it,” said Muna Mohamed, one of the event organizers. The conference was held in response to the death […]

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Carleton student unions react to death of man after arrest by Ottawa police

Both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) released statements expressing their condolences regarding the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi following an altercation with Ottawa police. The GSA statement, released jointly with the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), calls on Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and other local politicians to take action against racism within the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). “This violence by Ottawa police is another brutal example of the racism, anti-blackness, and ableism embedded in the ranks of our city’s law enforcement,” the statement reads. CUSA, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said the Association was “heartbroken to learn about the passing of Abdirahman Abdi on July 24.” “This terrible tragedy is a […]

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