With everything that’s going on in the world, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed, and wishing that there was something that I could do to help right some of the wrongness that I see in the world.
It just so happens that right now, we actually have an opportunity to do something, and I’m really surprised that nobody’s talking about it.
The RCMP’s brand new police union is presently in contract negotiations with the Ministry of Public Safety and the Treasury Board, negotiating its first ever collective bargaining agreement.
We have a unique opportunity right now to tell the Minster that the public wants to see accountability for police violence built into that contract from day 1. We have the opportunity to tell them that we’re watching them, and that we care what this outcome is.
Write or email your MP (https://openparliament.ca/), and also send a copy to https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/bt/cntct-frm-en.aspx… and tell them that effective civilian oversight needs to be a strong feature of the new RCMP contract.
Campaign Zero is a good resource for specific provisions that can be written into or kept out of police contracts to help ensure accountability. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/contracts
Politicans don’t initiate change, they see a parade and jump out in front of it. Well there’s a big parade on right now, and we have a great opportunity to give them a push. Tell them that this matters, and that we’re watching them. Let’s help them to help the good cops to be good cops.
Edit: I’m currently writing my letter, and when I’m done I’m going to post it here if you’d like to copy-pasta to start yours.