Annual Commemorative Gathering & Vigil (2015)THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 6:30pm
rendez-vous: 480 Gilford, métro Laurier (St-Joseph exit)
in front of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de MontréalFamily-friendly; welcome to all! Rain or shine.
Please get in touch about any accessibility needs.
Organized by the Justice for Victims of Police Killings Coalition comprised of the family, friends and allies of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Jean-François Nadreau, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley & Fredy Villanueva.
Endorsed by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality, la Coalition contre la répression et les abus policiers, Solidarity Across Borders, QPIRG Concordia, Montréal-Nord Républik et plus.
* PICK-UP posters and flyers at QPIRG Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204, Monday–Thursday, 12pm-6pm)
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* ENDORSE this demonstration as an organization (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to send your endorsement).
The families of people killed by the police, along with their friends and their allies, are organizing the 6th annual commemorative vigil to remember those who have lost their lives at the hands of the police. These families, who face an uphill battle in uncovering the truth and obtaining justice for their loved ones, need our support.
The purpose of the march is to:
REMEMBER the victims who lost their lives to police violence and abuse;
SUPPORT their families in any way we can.
We organize together on October 22 to coincide with the National Day of Protest in the United States organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which has been mobilizing every year since 1996 (info:www.october22.org).
We denounce in particular the police killings of Eric Garner (July 17, 2014) in New York City, John Crawford (August 5 ,2014) in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Mike Brown (August 9, 2014) in Ferguson, Missouri, all black men murdered by the police. In solidarity with the demands of grassroots African-American organizations in the USA, we assert that: BLACK LIVES MATTER (for background to #BlackLivesMatter, please read:http://thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/).
The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition remember Anas Bennis (December 1, 2005), Claudio Castagnetta (September 20, 2007), Ben Matson (May 12, 2002), Jean-François Nadreau (February 16, 2012), Quilem Registre (October 18, 2007), Gladys Tolley (October 5, 2001) & Fredy Villanueva (August 9, 2008) and we support their families.
In Montreal, there have been more than 120 people have been killed as a result of the actions of the Montreal police since the killing of 19 year-old black youth Anthony Griffin in NDG in 1987. This includes the more recent killings of Mario Hamel and Patrick Limoges (June 7, 2011), Farshad Mohammadi (January 6, 2012), Robert Hénault (August 8, 2013), Isidore Havis (August 17, 2013) and Alain Magloire (February 4, 2014). We also highlight the death of Guy Blouin in Quebec City on September 3, 2014, after he was hit by a police car while riding a bike, as well as the death of Daniel Satre on September 20, 2014 at Ballston Spa in upstate New York, who was tasered and beaten by police while in a state of crisis.
We remember the death of Nicolas Thorne-Belance, 5 years-old, who was killed on February 13, 2014 when the car his father was driving was hit by an unmarked SQ car driving at 122 km/h in a residential neighborhood of Longueuil. We also remember Georges Martel, Cécile Laroche and their daughter Louiselle Laroche, aged 70 to 90, who lost their lives when an unmarked SQ vehicle hit their car in Dolbeau-Mistassini on July 18, 2015.
This year, we also support all those who have survived police beatings. This includes Didier Berry who was beaten and hospitalized by Montreal police on October 24, 2012; Alexis Vadeboncoeur who was beaten by four officers in Trois-Rivières on February 2, 2013; andNorbert Mestenapeo, a young Innu father who was brutally beaten by Sûreté du Québec police on July 16, 2013 in the community of Unamen Shipu on the North Shore.
Join us in denouncing these and all the other examples of police violence and impunity.
Background Info and Links:
-> Anas Bennis: http://flicsassassins.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/montreal-gazette/
-> Claudio Castagnetta: www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=2ce63b7e-6d43-4757-aa8f-050e20342542&k=42815
-> Jean-François Nadreau: www.ctvnews.ca/man-shot-dead-during-police-operation-in-montreal-1.769489
-> About the killing of Farshad Mohammadi: http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/story/police-killing-farshad-mohammadi-exposing-root-causes/9665
-> About the killings of Mario Hamel and Patrick Limoges: www.lacrap.org/deces-de-mario-hamel-et-patrick-limoges-la-crap-exige-une-enquete-publique
-> About the killing of Robert Hénault: www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/faits-divers/201308/27/01-4683532-la-mort-dun-septuagenaire-souleve-lindignation.php
-> About the killing of Isidore Havis : http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/faits-divers/201409/24/01-4803055-la-coroner-conclut-a-la-mort-naturelle-disidore-havis.php
-> About the killing of Alain Magloire: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/no-charges-laid-in-fatal-montreal-police-shooting-of-alain-magloire-1.2753731
-> About the killing of Guy Blouin:http://tvanouvelles.ca/lcn/infos/faitsdivers/archives/2014/09/20140904-082526.html
-> About the killings of Eric Garner, John Crawford and Mike Brown, :www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/3-unarmed-black-african-american-men-killed-police
-> About the killing of Daniel Satre : http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3567969.shtml
-> About the killing of Nicolas Thorne-Belance : www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/stephanie-thorne-mother-of-5-year-old-boy-killed-in-police-car-crash-wants-justice-1.2856245
-> About the killings of Georges Martel, Cécile et Louiselle Laroche: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-police-limit-use-of-unmarked-cars-after-crash-that-killed-3-1.3168789
-> About the beating of Didier Berry: http://justicedidierberry.com/
-> About the beating of Norbert Mestenapeo: http://globalnews.ca/news/727014/quebec-innu-brutally-assaulted-by-provincial-police-officers/
-> About the beating of Alexis Vadeboncoeur: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5bn0fm_kcY
The Coalition Against Repression and Police Abuse has compiled a comprehensive list of police killings in Quebec and Canada which is linked here: www.lacrap.org/liste-des-noms-des-personnes-decedees-aux-mains-de-la-police-au-canada
About the Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition:
The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition currently involves the family members and friends of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Jean-François Nadreau, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley and Fredy Villanueva, all of whom died as a direct result of police actions and interventions. We continue to reach out to family and friends of other victims of police killings.
This initiative came out of the Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity in 2010, during which the families expressed their desire to come together to remember their loved ones and strengthen their respective struggles for dignity, justice and the truth. The symbolic date ofOctober 22 was subsequently chosen for a family-friendly event to commemorate the victims of police killings to coincide with the National Day of Protest in the United States organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which has been mobilizing every year since 1996.