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The Social Planning Council of York Region (SPCYR) has always and will continue to speak out against systemic inequality, racism and all forms of injustice that plague our society. Today we take a stand against the police violence and brutality that has been, and continues to be perpetrated against Black people and protestors here in Canada, the United States and abroad. Although media attention typically focuses on events in the US, Canadians must acknowledge that Canada cannot be absolved from practicing systemic racism, as some of our leaders would suggest. We recognize that police/state/institutional violence is an engrained, long-standing component of structural racism and white supremacy in Canada and elsewhere. Without that acknowledgement and a concerted effort by all of us, it will not change.