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Black Lives Matter makes appearance at Toronto Pride Parade

Black Lives Matter makes appearance at Toronto Pride Parade”

The group staged a somber artistic demonstration mourning the deaths of Philando Castile, Andrew Loku, Amleset Haile, Sumaya Dalmar and other Black Lives lost to police violence and systemic white supremacy.

The Vancouver Pride Society reached an agreement with local police earlier this year that will allow officers to walk in the August 6 parade alongside other city staff members and fire officials.

Black Lives Matter- Toronto returned to the Toronto Pride Parade Sunday, making their presence known but without halting the event.

"Pride is political; pride is anti-police; pride is a protest".

"Police represent histories of violence and brutality towards black people and indigenous people and different people of colour both in Canada and the USA and across the globe", Blain said. "We attended last year and this year and in the year in between, we're still talking about the same very issues - anti-Black racism, police violence, the need to address and to see Black Queer and Trans communities".

"This event is open to everyone except institutions that criminalize, brutalize and kill Black people and other marginalized groups. They are for all of us and have made Pride 2017 more inclusive for everybody." said Syrus Marcus Ware of Black Lives Matter - Toronto.

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Self-determination for all community spaces at Pride, allowing community groups full control over hiring, content and structure of their stages.

Doubling of funding for Blockorama to $13,000.

Prioritising of the hiring of Black transwomen, Indigenous people and others from vulnerable communities at Pride Toronto.

Black Lives Matter said it had launched its objection to hold Pride answerable for its "anti-blackness".

More Black deaf and hearing sign language interpreters for the festival. LGBTQ+ police officers and their allies can march in the parade with community groups, with the City of Toronto, or even create their own group. No marked police vehicles will be in the parade.

"We welcome and encourage their participation to add to Pride this year as members of our community".

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