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August 3, 2020
Indigenous Joint Action Coalition spokesperson Erica Violet Lee said a more just society means abolishing more than just the police.
She told Global News prisons should also be abolished.
“The whole conception of prisons and police has to do with the idea that people are disposable, that we can lock someone away and somehow solve a problem,” she said.
She specified IJAC is calling for the police and prison system to be abolished, and not just defunded, because “the whole structure, the whole way the system is set up” must be changed to ensure more equality and less police violence against people of colour.
“It’s ultimately about whether or not we want a society where people are re-integrated and have a chance at having a full, fulfilling life.”