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Calling all allies: Black activists in Nova Scotia seek support

Game Changers 902 is forming a working group of white allies
Black Lives Matter Rally in Spryfield June 17th, 2020
A Black Lives Matter rally in Spryfield June 17th, 2020. (Chris Halef/Halifaxtoday.ca)

A new local group is trying to put white privilege to good use.

Game Changers 902 is a new group formed by Kate Macdonald, DeRico Symonds, and Trayvon Clayton.

Ever since an incident of racism while they were invited to visit Parliament Hill, the three young black activists have been working behind, and in front of the scenes, calling out racism.

More recently, they’ve been at the front line of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests in Nova Scotia. 

They formed Game Changers 902 to develop an online presence, and make themselves more visible, and easier to contact. 

Now they’re looking for help from white allies in Nova Scotia.

They started a form on Google Docs where white allies, who support improving the societal and institutional conditions for Black Nova Scotians, can sign up. 

The idea is to create a working group of white allies. 

Clayton tells The Sheldon MacLeod Show, it’s an opportunity for white people to put white privilege to use.

“We can come together with the white community, the privileged community as well, and share our thoughts and ideas and make them all happen. Now it’s not just Blacks working with Blacks or whites working with whites. It’s a collab of both,” he says.

Symonds says people can look at the document and indicate where their strengths lie, and where they can help. 

“Looking for support in particular areas around education, justice, legislation, and different policies that are particularly affecting the African Nova Scotian community.”

They say they’ve received hundreds of responses so far but the document will only be up until the end of today. 

“It’s a way to try to organize and mobilize so it’s really impressive that we’ve seen such an uptick in energy in the city. That’s something that’s really special,” says MacDonald.

You can find the form at their Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook accounts.

 


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