Working Together for Community Safety
TORONTO, IT’S TIME: REINVEST IN COMMUNITIES – NOT POLICING
Over policing of people facing barriers happens far too often in Toronto. The need for change and alternatives to traditional policing is evident. It's time to ReThink Policing.
Together we will:
- Find solutions to protect overpoliced and stigmatized people
- Engage your community and make our neighbourhoods safe
- Ask City Councillors to reallocate resources to broaden community-based supports and send the right people to respond in a crisis
In January 2021, the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
and community partners released their Reimagining Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto
report. It shined a light on the over-policing of Black, racialized and Indigenous people as well as youth, those experiencing homelessness, people facing gender-based violence and the LGBTQ2S+ community. The recommendations propose concrete, proven alternatives that keep communities safer, at a far lower cost (as pointed out by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association). This shift mirrors the feeling shared by many who envision a new way of protecting those who are vulnerable. Being homeless or dealing with mental health challenges is not a crime.
On July 28, 2021, ReThink Policing hosted a bold, insightful discussion with community leaders including Nicki Casseres, Coordinator of Training and Education, Gerstein Crisis Centre, Nadine Casemore, The 519 Coordinator, Anti-Violence Initiatives, Monica Samuel, Founder & Executive Director of Black Women in Motion and Lemme Shafi, Post Graduate Student and Youth Program Volunteer. Check out a video
of the event, and a Spoken Word piece called "What's New"
, by Jonathan Arefaine.
On July 18, 2022, The Neighbourhood Group Community Services was honoured to team up with Peacebuilders Canada
to present the op-ed City hall needs to make real progress on community safety and policing in Toronto by Bill Sinclair and Marlon Merraro
in The Toronto Star.
How you can help
And if you want to organize, facilitate and support community discussions around safety, alternatives to policing and civic engagement, contact Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
ReThink Policing Toolkit
More Reports and Background
For more information, contact:
Director of Community Programs
The Neighbourhood Group Community Services
416.676.9793 or firstname.lastname@example.org