The Elimination of Racial Discrimination where does it start?

  #BlackLivesMatterTo   December 13 2014


  THE MARCH 21 is a special day, proclaimed by the General Assembly in October 1966 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 


When the United Nations was formed to help countries work together to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world, a cornerstone of its Charter declared that all people are entitled to the same human rights and freedom, regardless of their color, sex, language or religion. Our global community has come a long way in helping to eliminate discrimination, but we still have far to go.
End Racism Day, officially known as The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, is a perfect opportunity to help our communities celebrate human unity and the diversity of the human race rather than allow our differences to become an excuse for racial separation. It's a chance to recognize prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in our society, and how each of us may have our own prejudices that may be making people feel excluded without  even realizing it. It's also a chance to reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination and help create communities and societies where all citizens can live in dignity, equality and peace.

We fight racism everywhere, every day – throughout the year.  But I strongly feel that in order to help fight it we have to be educated about it.  This Blog was originally posted in December 2014 when I had the honor of being a mentor to some 200 students.  As we opened up the conversation  about knowing your rights. Firstly, we have to know our right as adults so we can teach our Children how to be positive role models in society. Discrimination is  everywhere but rules are also.

Too many lives have been taken, affected and bruised by the very same people that are responsible for protecting us. The word justice speaks volumes.   I was involved in an event called Know Your rights, find the #hashtag on twitter  #Kyr2014  this event powered by Officer Rod, Read2Rap  200 students got a chance to ask The Chief Bill Blair the very same questions that brought out so many people today to Yonge and Dundas square.  

What really is our rights?  Good question right? Who should enforce and what is the role of the Parent in instilling social norms into their children?

Thank you, Officer Rod, for making this Possible


If U had the Chance to Ask "Chief Blair"about your Rights, what would U ask? #KYR2014?
feel free to leave your question? the event has passed but if you have a question I can try to get it answered.

Here are some of the questions asked To The Chief 

Q  Do I need to  show   ID as a pasenger in a car?  
A: Chief Says  you "DO Not Have to show your ID if you are A Passenger in  a Car"  #KYR2014

Q: Does the police monitor Toronto Housing cameras?
A: No we don't. We don't have access to the cameras and we don't monitor. #KYR2014

Q: If a police stops you do they have the right to stop search or ask for ID
A: In the  ABSENT of #EVIDENCE you have the right to say No to being searched  or showing your Id #KYR2014 this is what the Chief said.......

Q Do you have the right to use your cell phone to tape your interaction with an officer? 
A: Yes you do

I'm glad that these answers have been answered but yet the city and the community at large still feel as if these rights are not being Honored by many officers in Toronto.

We have been informed that brutality isn't in the Rulebooks 
but thousands stood  and lied in the streets of #Toronto #today to show  that many are being affected by Racial Profiling, public shootings and of course the lack of Justice. 

Unity is the only way to show we have Power  When we stop hating one another and stop killing one another then, they may Stop killing Us because we will be showing that  Blacks Respect Blacks

The OHRC works to build respect for human rights into all aspects of life in Ontario. To do that, we look at the roots of discrimination, develop a policy for preventing different forms of discrimination and work to raise awareness of human rights issues. The OHRC intervenes, as needed, at tribunals and all levels of court on human rights issues with broad public interest or concern. We work with different sectors and groups, including the Government of Ontario, to promote organizational change and to break down barriers to equity and success.

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If you would like information on the OHRC’s public education services please read Public education: Developing a culture of human rights.
You may write to us at:
Ontario Human Rights Commission
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Toronto Ontario
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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario deals directly with all claims of discrimination filed under the Human Rights Code. The Tribunal resolves applications using mediation or adjudication. The Tribunal can be contacted at 416-326-1312 or 1-866-598-0322.
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers legal services to people in Ontario who have experienced discrimination. The Centre can be contacted at 416-597-4900 or 1-866-625-5179. TTY Toll Free: 1-866 612-8627 or 416-597-4903
The Legal Support Centre cannot assist employers, landlords, service providers or business operators who have questions about how the Human Rights Code applies to them.
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If you believe you have experienced discrimination, the Human Rights Legal Support Centre can help you determine if what you experienced is protected under the Code. If you want to take legal steps to address an incident, the deadline is generally one year from the last discriminatory event.
The Ontario Human Rights System is made up of three separate agencies:
  1. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (that’s us) works to promote, protect and advance human rights through research, education, targeted legal action and policy development.
  2. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre gives legal help to people who have experienced discrimination under the Code.
  3. The Human Rights Tribunal is where human rights applications are filed and decided.
Human Rights 101 will help guide you through Ontario’s Human Rights System.
The OIPRD accepts complaints  about sworn police officers in Ontario. This includes municipal and regional police services and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Check out  Justice for Mike blog

Read a story of how racism has affected  the life of one man  forever (True Story)  

The Human Rights Office

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Toronto, Ontario
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Tel: 416-392-8383
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