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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere …” | Martin Luther King Jr. 


You Can't Break My Spirit: The Colors of Justice is a play written by Equal Justice Canada staff and adapted into a Play by Equal Justice Canada and Donna Michelle Bernard. You Can't Break My Spirit is about creating Love, Peace and Victory in the midst of challenges. A young brown woman goes undercover into the Toronto Justice system so she can understand the experience of the people she serves in her missionary work. She expects to be released from jail after one night but instead is trapped in a system that will only release you if you plead guilty or have tens of thousands of dollars to pay lawyers who are experts in their field and are well connected. The faces around her are vulnerable and aggressive souls who have given up on any possibility of having a normal life, people who have lost everything; casually sacrificing their souls for momentary freedom and who are trapped in a cycle that seeks to destroy them. The protagonist encounters dishonesty, systemic and overt racism, politics, and injustices within the legal system and finally uncovers a system that does not work at every level. As she searches for solutions she finds the true meaning of love, courage and dignity. Her bravery, determination and persistent faith at every step of the journey is finally rewarded after spending two hundred thousand dollars and fighting for the freedom to live her life on her terms.

Opening on Thursday February 1, 2018. You Can't Break My Spirit is suitable for 10 years old and up. No swearing, no sexual content and no violence.

The additional dates are May 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 22, and the closing performance on May 23.

Youth Rehabilitation Pilot

Equal Justice Canada has been operating a pilot Youth Rehabilitation Centre in Thunder Bay since September 29, 2017. The concept and mandate were created by Equal Justice Canada Staff who felt that the criminal justice system and some of the Crown Attorneys may at times be too focused on keeping people trapped in the criminal justice system instead of seeking to find ways to rehabilitate and make it possible for accused individuals to become contributing and positive members of society.

The pilot rehabilitation Youth Program's mandate is to rehabilitate, reintegrate and stabilize first time youth offenders who are being released or have been released from youth and adult prisons. The goal is to ensure the wellbeing, support systems, continuing education, and employment for these youth and young adults so they stay out of the criminal justice system.

The first 25 youth in the program will be assessed and released from the Youth Rehabilitation Centre in Thunder Bay on December 20, 2017.