Bringing the Ottawa - Gatineau Community together

613 - 819 Black hub

Serving Since 2017

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The 613-819 Black Hub regularly brings people of African descent in Ottawa-Gatineau together to coordinate volunteer-led efforts to address anti-Black racism through systemic change primarily in education, justice, employment, business and politics. 

Our goal is Ottawa-Gatineau Black communities that are strong financially, institutionally, politically and socially and working to grow stronger every day.
The Hub has coordinated activities on race-based education data; federal and municipal funding, policy and elections; and hate crimes. The Hub helps unite the Black community by holding its meeting as much as possible in Black controlled spaces. The Hub was founded in December 2017.

Event Schedule

upcoming EVENTS

The 613-819 Black Hub will hold an online meeting Saturday, October 24 to discuss the community reaction, and suggested response to, the Abdi trial verdict acquitting OPS Constable Daniel Montsion of all charges in the death of Abdirahman Abdi.

Date: Saturday, October 24

Time: *** TIME CHANGE *** 12:00pm-2:00pm

How: Online Zoom call

Meeting ID: 921 4778 1321

Passcode: 987424

One tap mobile: +16473744685, 92147781321# Canada, +16475580588, 92147781321# Canada

Dial in: 855 703 8985 Canada Toll-free

PAST EVENTS

Hub freedom school - Saturday, july 18

This class was about hero building, including the debate about taking down statues.

What is hero building? How does it relate to systemic anti-Black racism? What can we do about it? Mayor Jim Watson recently said that statues of Sir John A. MacDonald should stay up because “he was the father or our nation, warts and all.” Do you agree? If not, why not? Should Black people push to have governments erect statues of Black people? If so, who and why them and not others?

613/819 Black Hub meeting with info on how to access federal emergency COVID-19 funds

saturday, june 27: 1pm - 3pm

On Saturday, June 27, Linton Garner gave a presentation on how Black communities can access federal emergency COVID-19 funds through the Red Cross that have been earmarked for non-profit communities. We also host special guests from the Red Cross who answered questions about the process for application for the funding. Our communities only have till July 31 to access these funds.

Red Cross funding application

OCDSB meeting to vote on Donna Blackburn case

monday, June 29: 7 pm

At a special public meeting on Monday, June 29, Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) trustees voted whether to sanction trustee Donna Blackburn for accosting young brother, Styles Lepage, on March 27. On that day, Blackburn confronted Styles playing basketball by himself in a local park, accused him of violating COVID-19 social distancing protocol, interrogated and threatened him, then took, and posted, his picture online without his consent. It was the latest in a long list of transgressions of Board policy by Blackburn.

As neither the Board, the Province nor the City have the power to fire Blackburn, Black community groups, led by the Hub launched a campaign calling on the community to come together to pressure Blackburn to resign. We connected with our sisters who have been battling racism in the York Region and Peel district school boards who got us a meeting with Ontario education minister, Stephen Lecce, in which we asked the minister to urge Blackburn to resign – and on July 8, he did exactly that in the Ontario legislature.

The Board imposed the harshest penalty legally allowed including labelling Blackburn’s actions toward brother Styles “an act of anti-Black racism.”

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The 613-819 Black Hub regularly brings people of African descent in Ottawa-Gatineau together to coordinate volunteer-led efforts to address anti-Black racism through systemic change primarily in education, justice, employment, business and politics.