No Peace Until Justice (NPUJ)
I wanted to thank all of you who have supported, followed and volunteered for this important demonstration. We would not have been able to do this without your continued support and contributions.
My name is Sameha, I’m a black Canadian Muslim woman living in Ottawa and I started No Peace Until Justice Ottawa. I witnessed several minority groups who were being senselessly murdered, attacked or harassed solely due to the colour of their skin. Like many of you, this has weighed heavily on my heart. I haven’t been able to sleep at night while thinking about all of the social injustices faced by our marginalized communities. These injustices continue to happen solely due to the colour of our skin, forgetting the integrity and the composition of our characters.
Therefore, in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, I created No Peace Until Justice Ottawa and picked a place and time for a peaceful demonstration. I wanted to do anything I could do to provide a space for healing and support for my brothers and sisters. Enough was Enough.
I’ve come to realize that people in Canada think that social injustices never happen here, in Canada, but they do. Similarly, I wanted to show our support for our brothers and sisters in the United States.
Since the launch of this demonstration, I’ve received countless messages from supporters, followers, advocates and community leaders. This has been a wonderful exhibition of community coming together to stand shoulder to shoulder no matter the circumstance.
Once more, I thank each and every one of you for the support, comments, and offers to help. It’s in these times that we need to uphold, support and help each other. I’m truly proud of my community here in Ottawa and I look forward to seeing all of you on Friday.
If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com
Your sister, Sameha
No Peace Until Justice at a Glance
Anti-Black racism is a violent reality Black people are subject to on Algonquin Territory (Ottawa) and on Turtle Island (so-called Canada). Black people face systemic racism, discrimination and bias every single day—“in healthcare, education, the "criminal" injustice, police, and prison systems. Anti-Black racism festers the fabric of our communities and societies. Believing otherwise only allows it to flourish.
No Peace Until Justice demands an end to anti-Black racism and all forms of oppression in what is known as Canada. We strive to dismantle the harmful structures and institutions that perpetuate and bolster anti-Blackness.
We demand the defunding of the police and an end police brutality and racism in this country. The money allocated to oppress our communities by state actors should be instead redirected and invested into community-based alternatives to punishment and state-sanctioned violence, and into Black-led community organizations and initiatives that empower Black lives and voices and provide desperately needed services.