This year in review: As Black Lives Matter exploded globally, Vancouverites marched and demanded change

Black Lives Matter supporters rally on June 19, 2020 in downtown Vancouver
Black Lives Matter supporters rally on June 19, 2020 in downtown Vancouver - Photo David P. Ball
Laurence Gatinel - - VancouverBC | 28-12-2020

By David P. Ball
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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.

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