“I can't breathe” …yet again are the words heard around the world. Words which bellowed out of the mouths of George Floyd and Eric Garner, both of whom were Black victims of extrajudicial killing at the hands of police. Words that originate deep in the soul of the Black experience. “I can't breathe” is the response uttered far too often by those who live at the intersection of being Black and being policed, or being Black and policed while suffering from a mental health crisis. In the case of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police while sleeping in her bed, she never had the chance to even utter the words.
Dear CBTU Members,
Please see the attached Notice of Passing information regarding Sister Megan Whitfield.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Annual Region 1 Conference will be held August 15-18, 2019 at The Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, Toronto, Canada. Our theme is “United for a Better Tomorrow”.
Please join our Chapter on August 13, 2019 for our 5th Annual Golf Tournament. There are spaces left for you to book your foursome.
Attached is the CBTU Annual Golf Tournament Package.
For your reading pleasure, please review our latest CBTU Canada Chapter Report to learn about some of the positive activities this Chapter has undertaken. This annual report will be presented at the CBTU International Convention in Atlanta later this month. We hope to see you there in great numbers.
It is with broken hearts and extreme dismay that once again the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canadian Chapter stands with those affected by the recent mass shootings of Muslim women, children and men in Christchurch, New Zealand. These victims were targeted by white supremacist terrorists as they prayed in their mosques. Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the families and to those affected by this most recent terrorist action. Far too often, Canadian Society has been forced to shed collective tears resulting from the manifestation of this form of hate throughout the world. The Islamic Center in Quebec City, Quebec, Mother Emanuel AME Church in in Charleston, South Carolina and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are a few examples of some of history's darkest hours.
Greetings CBTU Ontario Canada Chapter Members,
Our next Chapter GMM will be held Thursday February 28 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the IBEW, 1377 Lawrence Ave. East in Toronto. Please see below the CBTU General Membership Meeting Agenda – Celebrating Black History Month, and please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend in person:
- Presidents Report
- 2019 Events
- Presentation: Dinner and Politics
- Presentation: Albert Jackson, First Black Postal Worker (Reading from the book)
- Spoken Word
- Dance Performance
- Reception to follow
Prizes to be won!
Please take a moment to review the updated Scholarship Directory from the Black Foundation of Community Networks (BFCN). This is a scholarship directory for students who are pursuing post-secondary undergraduate education in Canada. Although the deadline dates listed are for 2018, many of these are annual scholarships. The contact information for the organizations are contained within. Thank you.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canada stands with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in their struggle to achieve a fair collective agreement. The outstanding issue of pay equity between the predominantly female rural suburban mail carriers (RSMC) and the predominantly male letter carriers is an issue that is close to the heart of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Whereas the gender wage gap for racialized women in Canada is more than 37%. CBTU Canada believes that it is the duty of Canada's Labour movement to work towards bridging the gap. It is for that reason that we stand side by side with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in their struggle to level the playing field as they work towards gender equity in the workplace.