“What the city needs now is to understand that violence is a public health issue, social issue and economic issue. Our communities need mental health supports, social and economic programs that create healthy communities and ease economic hardship.” Members of Toronto’s Black community have shared an open letter to John Tory and Doug Ford on responses to gun violence
Vallum Magazine are hosting a poetry contest, but it closes soon – check it out here.
Abdoul Abdi will not be deported, and this is in large part thanks to the activism of his family and many other organizers and supporters. However, as Melayna Williams writes, structural changes are crucial in order to upend anti-Black child welfare, immigration and criminal justice systems in Canada.
As Masuma Khan writes: Reintegration for Muslim children is just a nicer word for assimiliation
Kate McInturff, the feminist activist, researcher, media spokesperson and advocate who worked with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, died this week. She wrote a beautiful piece on her decision to pursue data-driven work in the effort to create change – you can read it here. We at GUTS were grateful for her support and for her work on gender inequality in Canada, and are sending condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Finally, would you be great at writing these links? If so, please check out our posting for a communications and engagement manager – we’re looking for an enthusiastic and skilled communicator to join our volunteer team! Applications are due by August 10th.