We need you in this fight to end police street checks

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Dear BCCLA Supporter,

In just 3 days, over 4500 people have signed the petition calling for an immediate ban on police street checks across BC.

This makes something clear: communities want radical change to stop the harms of policing and radically shift policing powers, and they want it now.

If you haven’t already, add your voice to the call now. Sign the petition today.

The injustice of racist, harmful and illegal police street checks has gone on for too long. The BC Civil Liberties Association, Black Lives Matter-Vancouver, Hogan’s Alley Society, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, WISH Drop-In Centre Society, and our 68 partner organizations and over 4500 individuals are calling for an immediate end to police harm in the form of street checks.

For many years, we have been pointing to the arbitrary and targeted impacts of police street checks. Indigenous and Black people, particularly Indigenous women, are overrepresented in street checks data for all eleven municipal police forces... in BC. Street checks are also often done under the guise of “wellness checks,” an inappropriate means of providing care. Wellness checks disproportionately affect homeless people, sex workers, people who use drugs, and people in mental health distress.

The Province of BC and the Vancouver Police Board have made statements about the need to address systemic racism, but they have yet to take meaningful action.

Now is the time for action. It is not enough that recent municipal policing policies and provincial policing standards are regulating illegal street checks. We need this practice to be banned in Vancouver by the Vancouver Police Board and across BC by the Director of Police Services.

You can add your voice to the call to ban street checks. Sign the petition today.

If you’ve already signed, will you forward this email to 5 people and invite them to sign?

Thank you for standing up for change,

Harsha Walia (she/her/hers)
Executive Director

P.S. We need you in this fight for change. Together, we can end police street checks once and for all. Sign our petition now.

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