Progress Report Newsletter #224: Powerful institutions keep trying to stop us from holding them to account

A brief Jim update. He's still in the hospital. He has responded to treatment but he has also had some setbacks so you get me again for this newsletter. 

A quick thank you to all the lovely folks who sent Jim a message or who donated from the last email as well. We picked up 23 new monthly donors as well as several generous one-time donors Thank you so much. Like a lot of organizations we are concerned about our finances and this goes a long way. 

And if you wanted to become a monthly donor but for whatever reason you didn't get around to it last week here's the link to donate. Even $5 a month goes a long way. 

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Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex denies that statue they have of a Nazi collaborator war criminal is a Nazi collaborator war criminal

As statues of Christopher Columbus and Confederate generals are pulled down all over the United States in the aftermath of the uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism, Edmonton, Alberta has its own monuments to deal with. 

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POD: Calgary/Edmonton Municipal Roundtable

The UCP have dramatically changed the rules around municipal elections in Alberta making it easier for conservatives to win and for big money to sway elections. We dissect the rule changes and the upcoming municipal horse races in Edmonton and Calgary with Romy Garrido. 

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Progress Report Newsletter #223: Trickle down disaster capitalism

Hey hey, so this is Duncan here writing this message from Jim’s account. Jim is in the hospital and while he is responding well to treatment for his colitis I think he would definitely appreciate some get-well messages. You can reach him at [email protected] and given all the time he’s spending in a hospital bed Jim is also spending a lot of time on Twitter, so please send him a message on there as well

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POD: Abolish the police (in Calgary too)

We discuss the the organizing and struggle to end police brutality in Calgary and rural Alberta with comedian, public speaker and organizer Adora Nwofor. 

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EPSB votes to review SRO program but not suspend it. Trustee Cheryl Johner makes racist remarks about refugee students

The Edmonton Public School Board voted to thoroughly review and research the school resource officer (SRO) program, but in a tie vote it did not suspend the program while the review is underway. 

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School board trustee, Black Lives Matter call for armed police to be taken out of Edmonton public schools

The Edmonton Public School Board and the Edmonton Catholic School district spent $1.67 million combined on armed police in schools for their school resource officer (SRO) program in the 2018-2019 school year. 

In the 2019-2020 school year there were 29 police officers in 36 different schools in Edmonton. 

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Progress Report Newsletter #222: Referendum theatre

After months of ‘work’--and then weeks of being kept out of the hands of the public--Alberta’s ‘Fair Deal’ Panel report was finally released by the UCP government last week.

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The people inflicting the most violence on the people of Edmonton are the cops

Police violence and brutality happens with great and terrifying regularity here in Canada. This is not just an American problem.  

The proof of this brutality is in the Edmonton Police Service’s own reporting.

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While citizens call for change, UCP double down on policing

Inspired by the protests against the murder of George Floyd, and inflamed by numerous reports of police brutality in Canada against Black and Indigenous people, the movement to radically change the nature of policing in Canada continues to grow.

Most of our coverage to date has been about how this movement is fighting tor change at the municipal level. But what about the provincial government?

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