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  • February 16, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Join us for the screening and vivid discussion of the documentary “It Takes a Riot: Race, Rebellion and Reform.”

On May 4, 1992, in Toronto, The Black Action Defense Committee, a civil rights group and police and criminal justice system watchdog, organized a march against anti-Black police violence. That march turned into the Yonge Street Riot.

Now, 30 years later, one of the filmmakers, Simon Black, will join a panel along with Wambui Karanja of African Community Services of Peel, and organizers from ReAllocate Waterloo to discuss the impetus for the film, the power of community organizing, authenticity in storytelling, and movements against police violence. The panel discussion will also touch on the roles of white and non-Black racialized people in working against anti-Black racism, and what it takes for Black communities to get justice.

In partnership with Wilfred Laurier University and U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, attendees will watch the documentary “It Takes a Riot: Race, Rebellion and Reform” together before joining additional panel members for an enriching discussion.