Woodstein Media Podcast Episode Nine: Sam Tecle discusses what the call to Defund the Police means

This episode features a conversation with Sam Tecle about what is meant by the call to defund the police. Tecle works with Success Beyond Limits, a collaborative, youth-led, community-based movement providing youth with holistic support to complete their education and experience success in their lives and Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty, a resident-led grassroots coalition of community residents, activists, workers, organizations working to eliminate poverty. He is also an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and scholarly work span the areas of Black diaspora Studies, Urban Studies, and Sociology of Education.

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Find out more about Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty and Success Beyond Limits.

For more information about the music on this episode, visit https://blacklivesmattertoronto.bandcamp.com/album/blacklivesmatter-toronto-black-city-mixtape-a-love-letter-in-song-to-black-community

Here is some suggested reading related to the topics discussed in this episode. There have been many discussions recently about policing, so a wealth of information can be found. This short list is just a point for those interested in this discussion to leap off from.

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons by Colin Kaepernick

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present Paperback by Robyn Maynard

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada Edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware

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