Mike Prosserman from Unity Charity, Police Brutality in Toronto sex worker communities & poet Kemar Miller (Part 7 of Artists in Toronto)

Wednesday, August 15th 2013 Edition:

York Connection Report: News Now’s Maggie Reid speaks with York University graduate and founder of student club Unity Charity , Mike Prosserman. Unity has grown to become an organization that offers many artistic programs across Canada and aims to empower youth to channel their artistic expressions into making more positive life choices.

Feature Interview: Disclaimer – Content may contain inappropriate language. News Now Ayushi Sharman interviews Channelle, the communications coordinator from Maggies Toronto Sex Workers Project and Candy, about sex workers in Toronto and police brutality in sex worker communities.

Independent Arts Report: For Part 7 of our series of Artists in Toronto, News Now Hailee Ingleton speaks with York University Student and poet Kemar Miller, about his experience as an immigrant in Western Culture. He uses poetry as an outlet to testify the struggles of immigrants in western society.

[photos via http://libcom.org, unitycharity.com]
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Prison Radio Guelph, FEAT for Children of Incarcerated parents & Rittenhouse

Thursday, August 8th 2013 (Prison Justice Week)

York Connection Report: To talk about prison justice day and prison justice activism, News Now Maggie Reid  joins with Shabina Lafluer Gangji and Carly Forbes, two members of Prison Radio Guelph.

Feature Interview: News Now Christian Deo interviews Jessica Reid, the executive director of program research at FEAT and  Derek Reid, the executive director of operations. FEAT is a local organization which stands for Fostering, Empowering and Advocating Together for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Their goal is to bridge the gap between incarcerated parents and their children.

Independent Arts Report: News Now Rachelle Chau interviews Joan Rusza from Rittenhouse, an organization that is committed to establishing different trains of thought towards the penal system. They promote structural equality, de-colonization, abolitionism, decarceration, decriminalization and transformative justice.

[images via cfru.ca & featforchildren.org]

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Spoken word artist Saeda Reynolds & Kofi Morris from Redemption Reintegration Services (Police Injustice Series)

Wednesday, August 7 2013:

Feature Interview: For the latest instalment of police brutality and racial profiling series, News Now Ayushi Sharman speak to Kofi Morris, reintegration worker and job developer at Redemption Reintegration services. Kofi Morris gives us a critical perspective about the Canadian prison system and the African/Caribbean youth.

Independent Arts Report: News Now Hailee Ingleton interviews Saeda Reynolds, a passionate poet with a love for words and using them to create soul wrenching artistry. Saeda shares her piece describing the emotion turmoil that women abuse victims experience.

[photo credits: facebook.com/Redemption-Reintegration-Services & twitter.com/saeda_]

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YFS’ Education Coalition, Ajamu Nangwaya on shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and Lost Lyrics’ “Live Report Card”

Wednesday, July 31st edition:

 

York Connect: “The main issues are that the post-secondary education system is inaccessible and unaffordable.”

News Now‘s Ayushi Sharman talks to Safiyah Husein, York Federation of Students vice-president equity, about YFS’ Education Coalition and how it seeks to help post-secondary students in Ontario. Husein speaks on the inaccessibility of Ontario’s post-secondary education system with rising tuition fees and reduced government funding for students. Listen to Husein’s thoughts on the student movement, the quality of education in Ontario, and how you can get involved with the Education Coalition.

[Image via yfs.ca]

Feature Interview: “Police historically have targeted people […] whose bodies are read as being a threat to public order.”

In part two of our series on police brutality and racial profiling, News Now‘s Ayushi Sharman speaks with activist and educator Ajamu Nangwaya about the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim by Toronto police. Nangwaya talks about the role of racial profiling and mental health in Yatim’s death and how police forces are inadequately trained in de-escalation tactics and often receive lenient punishment for their use of excessive force. Listen to Nangwaya’s thoughts on the increasing abuse of power by police and how people need to “push back” against a police force that serves the dominant interests.

[Image via www.facebook.com/JusticeForSammyYatim]

Independent Arts and Culture: “The Live Report Card” is an annual event where the students of Lost Lyrics, an alternative education program engaging youth in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, use their talents to creatively portray their struggles, knowledge, and the change that they advocate for in their communities. News Now‘s Hailee Ingleton interviewed Natasha Daniel, co-founder and program director of Lost Lyrics, about the event and Lost Lyric’s vision as “a space between street knowledge and classroom knowledge.” Hear Daniel talk about how Lost Lyrics creates critical thinkers along with excerpts of performances from the event.

[Image via www.facebook.com/events/207736766042753]

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Shimar Stephens, 18, talks about being carded over 15 times in two years by Toronto Police

Wednesday, July 24th edition:

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now‘s Hailee Ingleton interviews Natalie Guimond, co-founder of The Jade Project. The Jade Project is a movement to raise money and awareness for mental health through the sale of beaded bracelets, each containing a single jade bead symbolizing healing, hope, and acceptance. Hailee finds out more about this project and the message founders Natalie and Carissa are trying to spread. [Repeat]

[Image via thejadeproject.com]

Feature Interview: “They’re just stopping you just to give you a hard time. And if you give them an answer that they don’t like or they feel like you’re giving them attitude, that’s when things get even worse for you.”

Shimar Stephens, 18, has been carded by Toronto Police Services over 15 times in the last two years. In part one of our series on police brutality and racial profiling, News Now’s Ayushi Sharman talks to Stephens about his experiences with Toronto Police and the targeting of black and racialized youth. Listen to Stephens speak on dealing with police through community organizing and how youth can speak up for themselves and speak educatedly.

[Image via www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/…e_ask_why_me.html]

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now‘s Christian Deo talks to Geordie Dent from Toronto’s Men and Patriarchy working group. Dent tells us what the group does in educating men on how patriarchy affects their lives and the world around them. Listen to find out about the role that men can play in tackling and disassembling patriarchy. [Repeat]

[Image via toronto.mediacoop.ca/events/17549]

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