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2021-01-17 08:14:04

    Ontario’s new stay-at-home order could mean more police in some communities than residents are used to seeing, and activists are raising concerns about how that extra enforcement might affect low-income, racialized neighbourhoods.

    Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative physician and health justice activist, said Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities in low income neighbourhoods are more at risk of catching COVID-19 and also more at risk of being targeted and harassed by the police.

    “Public health experts, epidemiologists, infectious disease physicians have spoken. We need a lockdown. And we need a state of emergency that is reflective of these stay-at-home orders,” he said on Wednesday.

    “As we go into the next phase of the pandemic, however, we must be cautious about what this means. This means more police and more enforcement in our communities than we are really used to during this pandemic,” he added.

    “We must especially be cautious of low income, racialized communities where a lot of our essential workers live who have a long and tumultuous history with being overpoliced.”

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    as a person of colour, the power that cops are being given in this situation (and in general) is terrifying

    when I have to go to the pharmacy to get my medication, or the grocery store to get food, I will fear for my safety

    this is dangerous, and racialized communities are going to be the ones paying the price

    Fifty years after Poor People’s Campaign, America’s once-poorest town still struggles

    50 years after Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign, America’s once-poorest town still struggles. The people of Marks, Mississippi, squeak by in creative ways, doing their best to help one another. That’s how it was, too, when Dr. King visited Marks in 1968. Residents say he cried after seeing shoeless black children.


    “If King were alive today, he may very well still be weeping,” says Velma Benson-Wilson, a Marks native.


    The town’s only full-service grocery store shut its doors two years ago. The same year, the only hospital closed. Jobs evaporated when the county’s several factories began closing in the 1980s and ‘90s as work was consolidated or moved overseas. The movie theater was shut down in the 1960s and the public pool was filled with cement by whites after desegregation.


    The extreme poverty of many residents in Marks is not unique to this slice of the Delta. It can be found along South Texas, in the Navajo Nation, and the heart of Appalachia, communities where generations have resisted the pull of big cities.


    In a country that prides itself on having one of the most powerful economies in the world, Marks, like many rural communities, has been left behind.

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