Actions You Can Take for Racial Justice - A Working Document

“In a racist society It’s not enough to non-racist, you must be anti-racist” -Angela Davis

This Doc is updated everyday, I am not the author of any of these resources, I am trying my best to gather, share and credit appropriately.

Table Of Contents:



        Links to Other Google Docs

        Anti-Racism in our Education System

        Film Festivals and Organizations Led by Black Women

        Black-Led LGBTQ Organizations

        Black and POC Centred LGBTQ Organizations (Canada)

        A Black Feminist Book List

        GTA Mental Health Resources

Here are some things we can be doing:

1: 75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice:

-The first bullet point is about calling your local police departments to check and see if all their on duty police officers wear a body-worn camera and make SURE that camera is turned on the second those police officers respond to a call. *If they don’t write and call your city government.

2: “But Canada isn’t as racist as the US, we don’t have systemic racist roots” - Click this link to read up on just how deep our systemic racist roots go as a country and empower yourself with knowledge to then go and fight for change:


1: Black Owned Businesses to Support In Canada:

-Desmond Cole writes about the death of Regis Korchiniski-Paquet and the role Toronto Police played in her death:

2: After you’ve read that contact your local city councillor, Mayor Tory and SIU Lead Investigator Monica Hudon and demand justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet and a full investigation into the Toronto Police Force. Contact: John Tory at: 416-397-2489 or Monica Hudon:  You can find who your city councillor is here:     

*Here is an offering of a letter template to get you started:

Here is the latest update on the case from BlogTO:

And the SIU’s Update:

3: Other steps you can take to push for justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet-

        -Call & Email Gord Perks, City Councillor for Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park


        -Contact Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale-High Park

Call and Email Arif Virani, MP for High Park 416-763-5630

        -Urge the SIU for transparency and accountability in handling her case

        1-800-787-8529 or 416-622-0748

        Address concerns to: SIU Director Joseph Martino

        -Call and Email the MPP responsible for the SIU Caroline Mulroney: 416-327-9200


4: Write to the Toronto Police Services Budget Committee and your city councillor to re-evaluate and better allocate money that goes to TP. Here is a letter template to copy, add your name and send. There is a LIST of Councillors, MP’s and MPP’s to write to. It will take you no more than 15 minutes to write to them all.

2020 Toronto Police Budget- Call for Action/Defunding Template

*Read Sandy Hudson’s article in HUFFPOST “Defunding the Police Will Save Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada”:

*Read this excellent article written by Alex S. Vitale, author of “The End of Policing” explaining why the Only Solution is to Defund the Police:

*Listen to this podcast “Sandy & Nora” Abolish the Police-

5: Anyone with a Twitter account should be following Desmond Cole, and seek out other social media accounts that fight for racial justice:

6: This is an essential reading list, that should have been taught in all our schools but we can catch up now:

7:  You can stream this Doc “The Skin We’re In” on CBC Gem:

8: You can also order the book version of it, written by Desmond Cole here:

9: If you’re wondering what you can do in Canada to support radicalized front line workers, CALL your MP today and tell them you support 10 permanent paid sick days for workers *Legislate Immediately* #paidsickdayssavelives  

-Go to this website for more information and a script on what to say, the phone call takes all of 10 minutes and will make a difference:

10: Books that are big in our household are:

"The End of Policing" by: Alex S. Vitale Here is a link to the free e-book made available from Verso Books:

"So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

"Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein

“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

“Women, Race, & Class” by Angela Y. Davis

*All are wildly relevant and give you active ways to more deeply understand the history and your role in the present and future. I would start with “So You Want To Talk About Race”, it is almost like a town hall in the way she breaks things down. Vital reading.

11: Learn about or donate to Communities Against Police Brutality: 

12: This is their FREE Course called Police Brutality 101:

13: Do the research to understand the origin of the police force, both in the US and here in Canada.

14: Get to know and support these Toronto Organizations putting Black Lives at the centre:

        -NIA Centre for the Arts:

-Black Women In Motion- Youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence:

-Black Youth Help Line- focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada:

-Black Legal Action Centre- a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents in Ontario:

-Freedom School Toronto- a youth and parent led initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-black racism in the school system and to create educational alternatives for Black children:

-Showing Up For Racial Justice Toronto: is a local chapter of an international organization committed to moving white people and communities into action to support racial justice movements as part of a broader multi-racial majority.

-Sundance Harvest: a food justice centred Urban Farm located in Toronto ON, you can also follow the creator of Sundance, Cheyenne Sundance,  on Instagram @sundanceharvest

-Carribean African Canadian Social Services:

-TAIBU Community Health Centre: provides primary health care and related services for Black populations across the Greater Toronto Area as its priority population and residents of the local community of Malvern.

-Black Artists Union-

-Women Of Color in the Arts:

15: Donate to these Canadian Organizations:

Solidarity for Santina: Legal Fees Fundraiser:

        Black Lives Matter Toronto:

        Regis Korchinski-Paquet Memorial Fund:

        Toronto Bail Out Fund:

        Black Health Alliance:

        Unist’ot’en 2020 Legal Fund:
        Black Artists Network Dialogue:

Healing Collective- Black Led Mental Health Fund:

Ocama Collective:

Black Artists Union Toronto- Covid-19 Global Emergency Relief Fund for high risk Black folks:

15.2: For anyone with limited financial resources here is a FREE way you can donate. Turn off your ad blocker and stream this YouTube link. It is a stream of incredible art by Black artists and all the revenue from the ad play goes directly to Black Lives Matter.

16: Hold our National Broadcasters(CBC, Corus, eOne etc.)  to their commitments to diversity and make sure our country has representational programming by signing this petition here. The Revolution is Being Televised, Let Our Television Programming Reflect the Revolution:

17: Read this article and seek out their work, “31 Black Canadian Female Playwrights You Need to Know” written by Amanda Parris:

18: Anti-Racism Resources for Kids 101: Starting to Talk to Your Kids About Race:

19: Listen to NPR Fresh Air with Michelle Alexander- Author of “The New Jim Crow”

20: Read this article: “No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” :

21: Check out this website, Canadian Heritage in the Third Millennium, created by Gary Pieters. This website contributes to a deeper understanding of the Black Canadian diaspora and promotes online resources for diverse Canadians to learn about Black history from a Canadian perspective.”

22: Black Owned Restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area:

23: Keep up to date on what our leaders are saying:

June 2nd 2020: “Ford Says Canada doesn’t have the same ‘systemic, deep roots’ of racism as U.S”

24: Watch this youtube playlist of Black History and Culture Videos, curated by @nobodyknowsclub:

25: Watch Cineplex made 45 movies by Black Creators Free to stream in Canada:

25: Read “The Schomburg Shop- Black Liberation Reading List”, “Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences, featuring diverse programming and collections spanning over 10 million items that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts, and culture.”

Black Owned Bookstores in Toronto

A Different Book List (Toronto):

Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton):

26: Watch “10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You”:


1: Local Black American Businesses to Support:

    Local Black American Owned Bookstores to Support:

2: Also in Minneapolis call Mayor Jacob Frey and ask for him to defund the police. Just this year he pushed city council to approve an 8 million dollar budget increase for MPD. Personal: 612-968-4443

Office: 612-678-2100  *follow @blackvisioncollective on Instagram as well.

3: Take a look at the stark differences between the way the “Anti Lockdown” Protests were treated vs. The Justice for George Floyd protests are.

4: Make a donation, get on mailing lists, stay connected with:


        National Bailout Fund:

        Mutual Aid NYC:

        Black Visions Collective:

        Reclaim the Block:

        Minnesota Freedom Fund-

        Official George Floyd Memorial Fund:

        Northstar Health Collective:

        Save Money Save Life:

NAACP Legal Defense Fund:

The American Civil Liberties Union:

Fair Fight (fighting Voter suppression):

Know Your Rights Camp:

6: : WATCH Rachel Cargle “Public Address On Revolution: Revolution Now”

7: The Colour Of Change, “an organization creating campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold black people back”:

Links to other Google Docs With Resources:

1:Anti-Racism Resources for White People by (Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein - May 2020):

2: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources by ( Anna Stamborski,  Nikki Zimmermann, Bailie Gregory) “The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work”*3sFRWnsmFLlFBMUijJTCPA

3:Resources for Accountability and Action for Black Lives:

4:Abolition Study:

Anti-Racism in our Education System  

1: How to Be An Anti-Racist Educator by Dina Simmons:

2: There is No Apolitical Classroom- Resources for Teachers from the National Council of Teachers:

3: Sign this petition calling for Black History to be apart of the curriculum in all Ontario schools:

Film Festivals and Organizations Led by Black Women to Follow & Support

Sourced From @womensweekendfilmchallenge on Instagram

Reel Sisters Film Fest:

Urbanworld Film Fest:

African Diaspora Film Festival:

Black Women in Comedy Film Festival:,allies%20slaying%20on%20our%20stages.

Black Women In Comedy Film Festival NYC:

Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest:

Columbus Black International Film Festival:

Seattle Black Film Festival:

Array Now:

Made in Her Image:

Black Girl Film School:

The JTC List/Women of Color Unite:

Black Women Film Network:

Black Women Film Canada:

Black TV & Film Collective:

African American Women In Cinema:

Brown Girls Doc Mafia:

Black Women Directors:

Black-Led LGBTQ Organizations

Sourced from a list created by @raquel_willis & @pfpicardi on Instagram

SNaPCo- “Builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support.”

Black AIDS Institute- “Working to end the Black HIVE epidemic through policy, advocacy, and high-quality HIV services.”

Trans Cultural District- “The world’s fire-ever legally recognized trans district, which aims to stabilize and economically empower the trans community.”

LGBTQ Freedom Fund- “Posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration.”

House of GG- “Creating safe and transformative spaces for community to heal, and nurturing them into tomorrow’s leaders; focusing on trans women of color in the South.”

Trans Justice Funding Project- “Community-led funding initiative to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.”

The Okra Project- “Collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community.”

Youth Breakout- “Works to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans to build a safer and more just community.”

Black and POC Centred LGBTQ Canadian Organizations

Black Queer Youth- “Are you a Black, Caribbean, African or Black-identified multiracial queer and trans spectrum youth aged 29 or under who lives in Toronto, especially in the downtown core?

Black Queer Youth (BQY) is a weekly drop-in group where we celebrate Black queer and trans spectrum people’s experiences and accomplishments. It is a space dedicated to your creativity and desires. It is a safer space for you express your whole self.”

Salaam Canada- “Salaam Canada is a volunteer-run national organization dedicated to creating space for people who identify as both Muslim and queer and trans.”

ACAS-  “The Shimmer Project is a pilot project at ACAS to create a safe space for Asian Trans Women. Currently there is no similar program for this marginalized group to participate within the community.”

A Black Feminist Book List Sourced From @nicolefdunphy on Instagram

All About Love- Bell Hooks

Women, Race & Class- Angela Y Davis

The Bridge Called My Back- Rosario Morales

The Invention of Women Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses- Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyèwùmí

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roose: A Hip Hop Feminist Breaks It Down- Joan Morgan

Playing in the Dark- Toni Morrison

Sister Outsider- Audre Lorde

The Black Woman, An Anthology- Toni Cade Bambara

Eloquent Rage- Brittney Cooper

Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity- Alexis Pauline Gumbs

THICK and Other Essays- Tressie McMillian Cottom

Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life- Terrion L. Williamson

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South- Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements- Charlene Carruthers

Black. Queer. Southern. Women. An Oral History- E. Patrick Johnson

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code- Ruha Benjamin

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More- Janet Mock

Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism- Ed. Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity- C. Riley Snorton

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth- Dana-Ain Davis

Medical Apartheid- Harriet A. Washington

The Yellow House- Sarah M. Broom

How We Get Free- Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor

The Color Purple- Alice Walker

Sula- Toni Morrison

Parable of the Sower- Octavia Butler

Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston

The Women of Brewster Place- Gloria Naylor

The Salt Eaters- Toni Cade Bambara

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf- Ntozake Shange

Beloved- Toni Morrison

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name- Audre Lorde

Patsy- Nicole Dennis- Benn

An American Marriage- Tayari Jones

Push- Sapphire

Heads of the Colored People- Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Friday Black- Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Training School for Negro Girls- Camille Acker

Americanah- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Freshwater- Akwaeke Emezi

The Mothers- Britt Bennett

GTA Mental Health Resources- Sourced from on Instagram

Stella’s Place- “The place for young adults in Toronto, aged 16-29 who are experiencing mental health challenges to get the support they need. The Stella’s Place ‘menu’ includes peer supports, clinical, online, employment, wellness and recovery services as well as opportunities to explore your creative self through studio programs.” -

BLACKLINE- “Blackline provides a space for peer support & counseling, reporting of mistreatment, affirming the lived experiences to folks who are most impacted by systemic oppression with and LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens.- (Source @afroqueerism) 1-800-604-5841

TAIBU- “TAIBU Serves the Black community across the GTA as it’s priority population. They also serve all residents of the Malvern neighbourhood.”


Black Creek Community Health Centre- “We are a non-profit community-based organization that provides health care services and programs geared to vulnerable populations living in Toronto’s North West communities.”



Across Boundaries- “Provides mental health and addiction services for racialized communities “Across Boundaries provides a dynamic range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks.”

416-787-3007, ext. 222

Access Alliance- “Access Alliance provides services and addresses system inequities to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities.”

Downtown- 416-324-8677

Danforth- 416-693-8677

Jane- 416-760-8677

Good2Talk- “24/7 Anonymous helpline for post-secondary students”


Naseeha- “Naseeha provides our community with the tools needed to address mental health. With our confidential helpline, our youth receives immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone from 12-9pm, 7 days a week.  With our educational programs, we raise awareness within the community of the stigma around mental health.”

Helpline: 1-866-627-3342

Email: if there is anything you would like to add.

Document Compiled by Alice Snaden