On Monday, we hosted our first ever PHONE ZAP. We maxed out at 100 participants, placed 313 phone calls, and sent 555 emails in under an hour. Incredible work!
Due to the overwhelming interest in joining this action, we are hosting another Phone Zap this FRIDAY at noon! See you there!
Last week, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and her family called the police to their High Park apartment for help. As the family waited outside her apartment door, Regis was alone in the apartment with police as they were supposedly helping her. Suddenly, the family could hear Regis screaming out, "Mom help! Mom help! Mom help!" Tragically, moments later, Regis fell 24 stories to her death. The police were called to help and Regis, a young Afro-Indigenous woman, ended up dead instead. Although many details remain unknown, we know for sure that a fully public, transparent, and independent investigation is needed into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.
Tragically, this was not an isolated incident. We know that there is a violent and often deadly history between the police and Black and Indigenous people in the GTA. This becomes even more deadly when the person interacting with the police requires mental health support. This must end.
How does a Phone Zap work?
You will need a telephone and computer to participate in this. You will join us by Zoom for a quick training (15-20 mins) - we will give you all the tools (contact info, scripts/templates, etc) you need! We will then collectively all make calls and send emails for the remaining time (30-40 mins). At the end we will tell you how many calls have been made and discuss next steps, ways to keep up the pressure. Make sure you have access to Zoom and Google Docs (you will be sent everything you need by the facilitators!).