Help Ottawa find a non-police response to mental health calls – support our Compassion not Cops GoFundMe campaign!
People in Ottawa experiencing mental health crises, especially Black and Indigenous people, have been killed instead of being helped. This must stop but the process launched by the Ottawa Police Services Board will take three years just to come with recommendations. That’s too long – and we don’t have time to wait. The COVID-19 pandemic will no doubt push many more people, especially racialized people, into mental health crises and, if the cops keep showing up, more people could die.
So that’s why we’re getting our own study done.
The study will recommend non-police responses to people experiencing mental health crises. This will include examples like Eugene, Oregon’s CAHOOTS program that replaces armed police with 2-person teams consisting of a medic and a crisis worker. In its 31-year history the CAHOOTS program has never had a client or CAHOOTS worker harmed. Programs like CAHOOTS save lives – and money, since they’re far cheaper than sending cops.
Help the 613-819 Black Hub raise the $25,000 for the study by donating to the GoFundMe campaign!
$5000 Black Hub Black History Month fundraiser
This February, Canada celebrates Black History Month and the accomplishments and sacrifices of great Black Canadians like Lincoln Alexander and Viola Desmond who paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy today.
However, as 2020 showed, the struggle isn’t over. We have much more to do and need everyone to do their part to get it done. There are many ways to help, including financially.
The 613-819 Black Hub coordinates volunteer-led efforts to address anti-Black racism through systemic change primarily in education, justice, employment, business and politics.
This month the Hub has set a goal to raise $5000 to help us continue our work advocating for, and with, Ottawa’s Black communities. To maintain our independence, we don’t accept government donations for core funding – so we need your help!
We accept donations from anyone but have a special message for allies looking for a way to contribute to the fight against anti-Black racism and to show that Black lives really do matter. There are many ways that you aren’t able, or qualified, to fight but what you can do is sign up to provide consistent, monthly financial support, to help us continue our work.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Together we grow stronger!
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.