By David P. Ball
As protests raged against police killings of unarmed Black people last summer, downtown Vancouver saw its own series of massive demonstrations — the largest being on June 19, known as a Juneteenth or Emancipation Day from slavery.
The city's local echoes of the global uprising saw demands grow for defunding the Vancouver police department — culminating to a budget freeze by City Council earlier this month — as well as multiple community members arrested for occupying the Dunsmuir Viaduct over the site of Hogan's Alley, Vancouver's once-thriving Black neighbourhood demolished to make way for the roadway.
On this year-in-review episode of The Pulse on CFRO, we look back at moments in Vancouver's movement for Black lives, and discuss white supremacy's impacts and anti-racist strategies with three Black community leaders: Udokam Iroegbu of Black Lives Matter Vancouver, Angela-Marie MacDougall of Battered Women's Support Services, and Lama Mugabo with the Hogan's Alley Society.
This wide-ranging panel conversation with Vancouver Co-operative Radio originally aired on June 3, 2020.