Montreal’s first ever Defund the Police Festival was held in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on Saturday afternoon. Organizers say the growing movement is often misunderstood and to really get down to the root cause, education and prevention is required.
“The purpose is really to bring community together, you know, to gather and have a good time, as well as educate the community about what defunding the police means,” said Jessica Quijano, from the Coalition to Defund the Police.
Organizers say the Defund the Police Festival is a safe space for the community to learn about solutions and alternatives to police. The day-long event featured face painting for the kids, a book sale, skate jam, and various workshops. More on this story here.