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THE KING IS DEAD BUT THE MESSAGE LIVES…

Celebrating a renowned global civil rights icon The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was ubiquitous last Wednesday, April 4, as peace-loving people of various stripes converged on Union United Church to commemorate and celebrate his life and legacy. More profoundly it was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the internationally-renowned activist, advocate, anti-war critic, social justice and human rights advocate, Nobel Peace Prize recipient… He was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, that evening—perhaps for a respite from another hectic day of Civil Rights activity, just “doing God’s work” as he …

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What If…?

The other day I was thinking, what would my life look like if I did everything that I really wanted to do? Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself  “what if?” What if you really took the time to get to know yourself and discover what you really want out of life? What if you allowed yourself to love and be loved? What if you embraced the present moment and enjoyed your life now? What if you were truly honest with yourself? What if you were more vulnerable? What if you trusted God with your whole heart? What …

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Keeping it real as we remember

He would be shocked if not stunned at how little has changed in terms of Blacks’ encounters with the criminal justice system and law enforcement community.   Even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our despair against our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. Aeschylus On April 4, the United States marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. On the day that King was assassinated he was in Memphis fighting for fair wages …

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Prayer moves God

Now more than ever Christians and churches must get back to the old fashion art of daily prayers. We thank God for our grandparent and great grandparents who have left us the legacy of daily prayers. That generation knew the importance of prayer. They knew just who is in charge of the universe. They knew that this world is a spiritual world and that it’s being controlled by a spiritual God who we cannot see with our natural eyes, but yet believe that He exists. Prayers never die; they will always outlive the people who utter them. The lips that …

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The National Federation of Canadian Blacks Montreal Town Hall

Avoiding fragmentation, opportunism, and collective death. By Clarence S. Bayne Montreal and Quebec Blacks have a tradition of deciding for themselves and engaging in innovative activism. Montreal is the home of Marie-Joseph Angélique (1774), the Black Writers Congress (1968). It  gave birth to, and nurtured, the National Black Coalition of Canada (October 1968); its leadership  negotiated Black Canadian participation in the Second World Conference on Black and African Arts and Culture, Lagos Nigeria (Dr. Dorothy Wills, Principal negotiator, and  Dr. C. Bayne, 1978). Montreal English-speaking Blacks lead in the anti-racism rebellions of the sixties and seventies: the struggle against the …

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About the City’s Diversity Panel

Racism and the access to opportunities For decades, the Black community has been on the frontlines in an all-out war against the systemic racism practiced by various institutions in Montreal that has kept us marginalized and in some instances having our basic rights abused. That struggle, reaching back hundreds of years and including the inhumane exploitation of our ancestors who were slaves, followed by extended periods of alienation and exclusion helped shape today’s society in which Blacks and other visible minorities remain grasping for access to opportunities in all sectors. For much of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s efforts …

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Images Of The Real World

SOME GOODNESS, SADNESS, EVIL AND BADNESS Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou is still missing, but his parents and extended family and friends, other good parents and thousands of concerned citizens are keeping collective hopes alive. Whatever that nameless white woman wrote on social media that caused such consternation among so many people of goodwill who were listening to CJAD radio a few days after the story of the young boy’s disappearance hit the news was no surprise. It was another occasion for [some] people with questionable intentions and skewed thinking to crawl out of the crevices of anonymity and wallow in their …

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Easter is a time of HOPE

He is not here; He has risen [Matthew 28:6] I love the newness of this time of year; it reminds me of fresh new beginnings, new growth and new opportunities. We all have those broken places in our lives that keep us stuck and stagnant; some might call it our winter season. We try to ignore it or minimize it, but in order to experience a true transformation we have to acknowledge our brokenness so that the healing process can begin. Sometimes we are so blinded by our past hurts that we miss the blessings all around us. We have …

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Ongoing failures at the Quebec Human Rights Commission

In the face of the sexual assault probe— Should there have been a Ministry of Detection to ensure proper Youth Protection? Just a few days after Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard, announced that he was sending reinforcements to the already beleaguered Human Rights Commission, Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced the resignation of Camile Picard, the interim head of the Commission following a report of his involvement in a police investigation regarding sexual relations with an underage teenager whom he later paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit in 2010. Quebec’s French newspaper La Presse reported that in 1983 Picard, while working …

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ARE THEY LISTENING?

We are waiting to see whether the Provincial Liberals are treating this demand for recognition and fairness as seriously as the federal government has done so far By Clarence Bayne When species fragment into large numbers of small groups they put constraints on the system of which they are an organic and, dynamic part that make adaptation very difficult. This will result in the specie clustering around low levels of life and subsistence. The renowned biologist Kauffman referred to this phenomena as “complexity catastrophe.” It is a condition that social scientist have observed also exist in human social systems. Cultural …

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