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Winnipeg Police Cause Harm (WPCH) is devoted to sharing articles and personal essays that tell unique stories from across Canada related to defunding and abolishing carceral systems of policing, prisons, and migrant detention.

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On prisons and personal care: Disabled confinement and COVID-19

The pandemic has made clear the connections between sites of confinement and incarceration. Personal care homes, prisons, and institutions for disabled people have disproportionately experienced outbreaks, death, and long-term debilitation of incarcerated people.

5 min read - Published: 2 months ago

Policing Sex Work in Winnipeg: Q&A with SWWAC

For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Sex Workers, WPCH member Paula Ethans sat down with Maxine* - a queer black dream✨ and sex worker in Winnipeg.

11 min read - Published: 2 months ago

Our city is unwell: Inoculation for violent, unmasked Winnipeg Police officers is a 10% budget reduction in 2021

After a year of brazen police violence and historical anti-police activism, Winnipeg’s city council is proposing an increase in funding for the WPS. WPCH is calling on City Council to immediately amend the 2021 preliminary budget to include a 10% reduction to the WPS operating budget.

6 min read - Published: 3 months ago

Through the Kaleidoscope: Building Justice for Survivors

In the case of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), what would real justice look like for Survivors? What practices do we need to build to make it achievable, and what processes for seeking justice already exist under our noses, that are underutilized and undervalued?

9 min read - Published: 3 months ago

The Abolitionist Necessity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Canadian Prison System

In 2012, Julie Bilotta went into labour while in a segregation cell at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Instead of being provided with the necessary assistance to ensure a safe delivery...

4 min read - Published: 3 months ago

Abolition is Necessary to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Contained within the 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is the anniversary of Montreal’s École Polytechnique massacre on December 6, 1989. 31 years ago, 14 women were murdered by the white male terrorist Marc Lépine because they were women.

5 min read - Published: 3 months ago

Winnipeg Police Cause Harm Launches Campaign for 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)

Read more about our campaign for 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

3 min read - Published: 3 months ago

When Winnipeg Police Caused Harm in 2020

All policing is violence—but the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is arguably one of the most violent departments in Canada.

7 min read - Published: 4 months ago

CALL FOR GUEST BLOG POSTS

Learn what kind of content Winnipeg Police Cause Harm (WPCH) is looking for, how to pitch your story, and what compensation we're currently able to offer BIPOC writers.

2 min read - Published: 4 months ago

PRISONS ARE A PANDEMIC. FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WE NEED TO #FreeThemAll - PART 3

The third installment sets the call to #FreeThemAll in action by highlighting how existing community care projects can align with prison abolition to create safer, and more equitable communities.

8 min read - Published: 4 months ago

PRISONS ARE A PANDEMIC. FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WE NEED TO #FreeThemAll - PART 2

Provincial jails are a major threat to our public safety. When provincial jails released inmates as a COVID-19 safety measure, violent and property crime decreased. The second installment in this three-part series illuminates how the prison has never kept us safe from crime.

8 min read - Published: 4 months ago

PRISONS ARE A PANDEMIC. FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WE NEED TO #FreeThemAll - PART 1

Leaving inmates to die of COVID-19 in Headingley is the major public safety threat no one is talking about.

7 min read - Published: 4 months ago

DEFUNDING THE POLICE IS GAINING POPULARITY IN WINNIPEG, BUT THE WORK HAS JUST BEGUN

It’s official: Winnipeg has the second-highest level of support for defunding its police service of any major Canadian city. According to the nation-wide poll conducted by the independent think tank Angus Reid, 33% of Winnipeggers surveyed now support defunding the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS).

3 min read - Published: 4 months ago

#FireJeffreyNorman

Patrol Sergeant Jeffrey Norman has been a Winnipeg Police officer for 22 years — and has a lengthy history of abusing his power and getting away with it.

1 min read - Published: 5 months ago

HISTORY OF WPCH

Winnipeg Police Cause Harm was founded in September 2019 following several killings by the WPS of Indigenous and Black people including Chad Williams, Machuar Madut, Sean Thompson, and Randy Cochrane.

2 min read - Published: 5 months ago