What do you remember about August 7, 2010?

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Dear Friend,

Al Wright will never forget August 7, 2010. That was the day his 22-year old son, Alvin, was shot and killed by the Langley RCMP.

For 10 years, Al Wright has been seeking justice. As the ten-year anniversary of his son’s death approached, I spoke with him on the phone.

“I am angered and horrified that police killings are still rampant and nothing is being done about it,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

When I hear stories like Al’s I feel so enraged that this is still the nature of the relationship between police forces and many people.

Hundreds of other families across Canada are also seeking justice for their family members who have been victims of violence, often fatal, at the hands of police forces. In particular, Black, Indigenous, and low-income people encounter grave injustices every day in their dealings with police. And, more often than not, they don’t find the justice they are looking for.

The BCCLA is committed to... holding police accountable and demanding change. Will you donate today and support our work to transform the systemic harms of policing?

How many more grieving family members will we have to hear from before governments take meaningful action? We cannot allow this state violence to continue. Victims, survivors, families and communities deserve better.

At the BCCLA, we are using a diverse range of tactics to push back against a broken policing system.

Alongside partner organizations, we are resolute in our ongoing campaign for a complete ban on the racist and illegal practice of street checks. We are also challenging a broken RCMP complaints system, and calling for an end to illegal spying and data collection by law enforcement. We’re advocating for democratic and civilian police governance, and confronting systemic racism in policing.

We are also winning, with two important legal victories limiting policing powers and punitive bail conditions at the Supreme Court of Canada.

It can take a long time to see changes happen. But we’re in it for the long haul. We want to see these systems changed. We want to see justice served.

We can’t do this work alone.

Join us in re-imagining our world. Together we can transform the systemic harms of policing.

Will you make a donation of $50 to join us in this fight for systemic change?

Your gift will support a wide range of work on policing. In the coming months, we’ll be taking the government to court, lobbying for different policies and laws, and doing public legal education.

As we do all of this work, my colleagues and I always remember one thing about our broken policing systems: people deserve better.

Al’s son Alvin Wright, died on August 7, 2010. He deserved better.

I hope you will join us in creating a better future. Together, we can get there. Please make a donation today.


Harsha Walia (she/her/hers)
Executive Director

P.S. – We need to transform systems of policing. Will you join us in this work by making a donation of $30?

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