AMERICAN SINGER-ACTIVIST DAVID ROVICS AND JOEL DEBELLEFEUILLE SPECIAL GUESTS AT MARCH 21 EVENT ON RACIAL PROFILING
Montreal, March 20, 2016 — With a panel discussion to be held next Monday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) and the start of the Quebec Action Week against Racism, CRARR will launch a series of public interventions on challenges faced by victims of racial profiling and discrimination when they turn to the Quebec justice system for protection.
The panel discussion is hosted by the Concordia Student Union and will take place on Monday, March 21, 2016, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, in the Hall Building, located at 1455 De Maisonneuve West, Montreal.
The event will feature American indie singer-songwriter and activist David Rovics; Black businessman Joel Debellefeuille, who has taken legal actions in 2010, 2012 and 2015 against racial profiling by the Longueuil police in the South Shore, and Fo Niemi, CRARR's Executive Director.
CRARR's public interventions aim to highlight the increasingly noticeable systemic barriers faced by racialized people, especially Black English-speakers, youths and people with disabilities, when they file complaints of racial profiling and discrimination. They also seek to mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission's public consultation report on racial profiling in Spring 2011.
In the last five years, there have only been four Human Rights Tribunal decisions that address the substantive issue of racial profiling, two of which were positive and two negative (in January 2016, the Tribunal dismissed two cases brought before it by the Commission).