TORONTO, ONTARIO–(March 30, 2016) – We, the members of the York University and Ryerson University Graduate Student Association of the Communication and Culture graduate program (“ComCult GSA”) would like to voice our support for Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) as a whole and specifically, The Toronto Chapter of Black Lives Matter in its ongoing demonstrations occupying Toronto Police Headquarters.
BLM Toronto has already achieved results in the restoration of Afrofest to a two-day festival. But our GSA calls on Mayor John Tory, Police Chief Mark Saunders, and Premier Kathleen Wynne to respond and take immediate action to implement Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter’s other vital demands:
- The release of the name(s) of the officer(s) who killed Andrew Loku.
- Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Andrew Loku.
- The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex of Andrew Loku on the night he was murdered.
- An apology to the family of Andrew Loku and monetary compensation.
- An overhaul of the Special Investigations Unit, with adequate consultation from families victimized by police violence, the Black community, and the community-at-large.
The ComCult GSA supports the work of Black Lives Matter as a movement that is motivated to combat racism, anti-black racism and seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence in 3 ways: this solidarity statement, a donation of supplies and a $250 donation. As members of the Toronto academic community we feel as though this is especially important considering that many of our members’ research intersects with the mission of BLM.
Equity Officer at York University of the Communication and Culture Program GSA
We are pleased to announce that the Communication and Culture Graduate Student Association has been presented the Graduate Course Union of the Year award! Thank you to everyone who has worked to make the GSA and the program in general great this past year.
This year’s Intersections | Cross-sections conference has officially come to a close. We would like to thank all students, instructors, speakers, and volunteers who lent their time to make the event a success. It was definitely our largest and most ambitious conference yet.
The Intersections | Cross Sections conference is fast approaching, and we are currently looking for volunteers. There are a variety of different volunteer roles, including registration table, book table, tech support, art installation, and catering support.
For more information, please read the full release here.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Emma Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the desired role, the day you prefer, and whether you’d like a morning or afternoon shift.
Just reminding everyone that the Intersections | Cross-sections conference is only a month away!
Intersections | Cross-sections is a yearly graduate student conference in the joint Communication and Culture program of Ryerson and York Universities currently in its 14th year. The conference is run by a dedicated team of graduate students in the program and the graduate students’ association in collaboration with senior academics and administrators.
This year’s conference will take place March 13-14, in Toronto on the Ryerson and York campuses.
See you there!