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 ====== Black. Lives. Matter. ====== ====== Black. Lives. Matter. ======
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 +====== We must end this struggle together ======
 +
 +====== Anti-Black Racism On-line Teletown Hall: July 7 ======
 +
 +
 +====== For OPSEU Staff And Member ======
 +
 +Anti-Black racism is not new. 
 + 
 +The brutality of current events, heightened by social media’s incredible power to share and motivate, has shifted the world into action. Systemic racism is deadly real. It is deeply rooted in a painful history that has disproportionately affected Black communities for generations.  ​
 +
 +OPSEU recognizes this and will be a leader in effecting change. We are inviting all staff and members to take part in this important conversation.  ​
 +
 +Together we will create real, meaningful change – change that does not leave anyone behind.
 +
 +The town hall will be hosted by well-known personality and anti-Black racism activist Farley Flex, and will feature a panel of OPSEU members – including President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and First Vice-President/​Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida – and OPSEU staff.
 +
 +To accommodate different schedules, the town hall will take part in two sessions:
 +
 +• Noon to 1:30 pm EST on Tuesday, July 7
 +• 7 to 8:30 pm EST on Tuesday, July 7
 +
 +All members and staff are welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions.
 +  ​
 +====== How to participate ======
 +
 +
 +There are a variety of ways to participate in either English or French.
 +
 +If you’re an OPSEU member and OPSEU has your up-to-date phone number, all you have to do is pick up the phone. We’ll call you around 10 to 15 minutes before the session starts – just stay on the line and you’ll be connected to the call. (To ensure OPSEU has your most up-to-date number, please call 1-800-268-7376.)
 +
 +Please note: OPSEU staff members will NOT receive one of these calls.
 +
 +OPSEU members and staff can also participate by dialing in directly or over the web. Here’s how:
 +
 +====== English ======
 +
 +
 +• 877-229-8493 (ENGLISH)
 +o ID code: 112847
 +• Web streaming (English, audio-only, closed-captioning is available)
 +o https://​video.teleforumonline.com/​video/​streaming.php?​client=12847
 +
 +====== French ======
 +
 +
 +• 877-255-5810 (FRENCH)
 +o ID code: 117019
 +• Web streaming (French, audio-only)*
 +o https://​video.teleforumonline.com/​video/​streaming.php?​client=17019
 +
 +*Please note that closed-captioning is not available in French. ​
 +
 +====== Panelists ======
 +
 +
 +====== Shauna-Kay Cassell ======
 +
 + ​Shauna-Kay graduated with a MBA in General Management, a graduate certificate in Public Administration,​ and an Honours B.A in Criminology and Political Science. Currently, she works as a Court and Client Representative at the Toronto Superior Court of Justice, writes for online magazines, and serves in community organizations.
 + 
 +====== Carlotta Ewing ======
 +
 +Carlotta is a member from OPSEU Local 228 and currently works as a Court Clerk and Registrar for the Ministry of the Attorney General. She strives to create opportunities through education that enlighten and empower others about the importance of tolerance and compassion in the workplace so that things such as homophobia, islamophobia,​ and systematic racism become unbeknownst to places as diverse as the OPS and OPSEU.
 +
 +====== Peter Thompson ======
 +
 + Peter has worked as a Property Valuation Specialist for 30 years for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. He is the current Chair of OPSEU’s Coalition of Racialized Workers (CoRW) and he has been active within OPSEU in various capacities since 1992.  ​
 + 
 +====== Evan Wickham ======
 +
 + Evan is a Customer Service Representative for the LCBO, President of OPSEU Local 376, and the Region 3 Representative on OPSEU’s Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC). He is a strong believer of Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and has applied it to his union activist life for the past five years. ​    
 + 
 +====== Andrea McCormack ======
 +
 + ​Andrea McCormack is a longtime OPSEU staff member. She is a staff rep in the Hamilton office and is currently temporarily reassigned as an Employment Equity Lead. Andrea also sits on the board of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, representing Canada and the Eastern U.S.
 + 
 +====== Joscelyn Ross ======
 +  ​
 + ​Joscelyn came to OPSEU’s Health and Safety unit as a full-time staff member in 2016. Before that, he’d been an active OPSEU member since 1990. He has served as the local Vice-President at the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre, Vice-chair to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Divisional Health and Safety Committee, and he also proudly represented the members on the Anti-Discrimination and Systemic Change Committee (ADSC).
 +
 +====== Farley Flex – moderator ======
 +
 + ​Farley is a community-capacity builder, social activist and entertainment industry entrepreneurial pioneer. He is the co-creator of the very successful Just Think 1st anti-violence/​anti-gun violence awareness campaign, and the SAY IT LOUD national initiative to promote Black Pride and Positive Cultural Identity to Black youth funded by the Canadian Department of Heritage. ​
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 +====== Being Black in Canada is a constant struggle. ======
 +
 + 
 +I don't say this from experience. I say this because of the unspeakably brutal images and news reports we're seeing every day. And I say this because I've always tried my best to be an active listener - and I believe first-person stories and accounts from members, friends, and colleagues.
 + 
 +I now know that many of my own life experiences and successes - no matter how common and achievable I may have thought them to be for everyone - were born out of privilege. ​ A privilege that Black people have never known.
 + 
 +OPSEU has always fought for social justice. It's a big part of why I am so proud to be President of this great union. Our Black members and staff experience racism every day. We are committed to learning from their experiences and stories, and being an active part of the change that is so needed now.
 + 
 +This we know: anti-Black racism is systemic, deadly serious, and all around us. Black people are being killed in the street, but systemic racism is also killing them in health care and the criminal justice system. It is failing them in education, social services, and in the hiring practices and policies of governments and employers.
 +OPSEU will act. But for that action to be meaningful, we must be thoughtful. We must actively listen to all Black voices in order to learn the truth, and most importantly,​ to understand. ​   ​
 +                                                                                                      ​
 +We are very aware that silence is not an option. We will be loud. We see the marches and hear the voices calling for change - many of those voices belong to OPSEU members and staff. As a union, we are taking time for pause and deliberation. We must ensure our next moves benefit Black people and amplify their voices, while educating and mobilizing the masses. We haven'​t always gotten it right. But we want to get this right.
 + 
 +We are committed to being allies with the Black community and creating real change. We also acknowledge that systemic change requires ongoing work and long-term commitment. OPSEU is taking the lead. We will continue to push to ensure that all Black lives matter. And when I say all Black lives matter, I mean ALL Black lives: female, male, trans, and LGBTQ2+.
 + 
 +We will create a space for conversations and make room to hear from the people who know best what is needed: our Black members and staff. ​
 +               
 +In the coming days we promise to provide details for our first initiative and continue the conversation.
 +
 +We stand in solidarity,
 + 
 +Warren (Smokey) Thomas
 +OPSEU President
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 These three words best describe a global community’s feelings of hurt, heartbreak, and frustration in response to the recent police-involved and unnecessary deaths of black people in Canada and in the United States. ​ These three words best describe a global community’s feelings of hurt, heartbreak, and frustration in response to the recent police-involved and unnecessary deaths of black people in Canada and in the United States. ​
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