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


MAY 30, 2018 POVERTY & JUSTICE STUDENT CONFERENCE

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTEGRITY BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES

Equal Justice Canada is an independent Federal corporation. We partner with, participate in and support the mandate and initiatives of Equal Justice America.

Equal Justice Canada is focused on prevention and education; in that we work tirelessly each day to educate children, youth and the larger community about the legal justice system so they are encouraged to stay in school, become dedictaed and involved in the community or a career and blossom into contributing members of society.

Our secondary manadate is to work with governments, organizations, service providers and professionals to try to create a more equitable justice system with more focus on meeting the needs of those with mental illnesses who often end up in the criminal justice system due to lack of family support and homelessness.

Equal Justice Canada will also be working with government agencies and raising public awareness about existing injustices in our court systems and access to justice issues in our current court system.

Our organization will also be offering workshops geared at educating low income and vulnerable groups on existing legislation which applies to their groups, such as the Child and Family Services Act, the Criminal Code, the Human Rights Legislation and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Our organization provides and facilitates referrals of parents, families, children and youth as well as individuals who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system to legally qualified and trained professionals.

We provide an intake and referral service to individuals, who are often below the poverty line and have been denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by systemic discrimination, including class, gender, racial, socio economic class, age and prosecutorial misconduct. 

Equal Justice works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty, lack of opportunity and discouraged by unequal treatment as an existing part of our Canadian social system as it exists today.

Equal Justice Canada also prepares reports, newsletters, and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of child welfare law, family law, human rights law and criminal justice.

Equal Justice Canada Social Justice play "You Can't Break My Spirit" praised by school boards across Canada.

The play, Colours of Justice, examines the justice system and asks,
"Is It Just?" If it is unjust, how can we work together to make it better? During this explorative and educational process, the inspiring play "Colours of Justice" teaches children and youth to care about others, to want to change the world for the better and to want to have freedom in its true sense for every individual in the world!

"I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free ... so other people would be free."
- Rosa Parks

Focus on Pre-teens and Diverse Youth in Play


Two Versions of You Can't Break My Spirit: The Colors of Justice

There are two versions of You Can't Break My Spirit: The Colors of Justice.

The first version is appropriate for ages 10 and up, please watch Question and Answer with students below and click on SCHOOLS for more information.

The second version is PG13 for mainstream audiences. Please read the synopsis below for mainstream audiences:

SYNOPSIS:You Can't Break My Spirit: The Colors of Justice is a play about creating Love, Peace and Victory in the midst of challenges. A young brown woman is thrust into the Toronto Criminal Justice system while trying to peacefully remove her belongings from her matrimonial home. It is a case of the wrong police officer being called to the scene of a family separation. The young single mother is in shock and now has to struggle to 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 efficiently 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.

You Can't Break My Spirit has no swearing, no sexual content and no violence.

20,012 students across Canada saw You Can't Break My Spirit: The Colours of Justice from February 2nd to June 15th, 2018.

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Jerusha
Actress
Ms. Oak
Sandy
Actor
Mark Warrior
Prison Guard
Joy
Actress
Ms. Oak
Freskella
Christi
Actress
Plea Court Judge
Belissa
Actress
Freskella
Barry
Actor
Judge
Tarique
Actor
H.Roy Wellington
Judge A. Irving
Dimitry
Actor
Conniving Crown
Duty Counsel
Deanna
Actress
Ms. Oak
David
Actor
Prison Guard
Jeff
Actor
Duty Counsel
Mr. Goldberg
Teddy
Actress
Prison Guard
S. Komonen
Maiya
Actress
Cindy
Maria
Actress
Coniving Crown
Duty Counsel
Sharon
Actress
Mary
Giddings
H. Roy Wellington
Vivian
Actress
Cindy
Dishonest Crown
Meghan Scott
Zaakirah
Actress
Conniving Crown
Sarah De Filippis
Aida
Actress
Inmate
Stephanie
Actress
Dishonest Crown
Meghan Scott
Jenna
Actress
Samara
Court Clerk
Ms. Oak
Mona
Actress
Mary
Court Clerk
Jasnoor
Actress
Freskella
S. Komonen
Lily
Actress
Court Clerk
Olivia
Actress
Inmate
Hasina
Actress
Rohinie
Court Clerk
Claudette
Actress
Judge A. Irving
Court Clerk
Audrey
Actress
Conniving Crown
Sarah De Filippis
Shanti
Actress
Bobby
Actor
Mark Warrior
Duty Counsel
Rosalyn
Actress
Court Clerk
Jordan
Actor
H.Roy Wellington
Judge A. Irving
Leanne
Actress
Judge
Prison Guard
Freskella
Kristina
Actress
Cindy
Conniving Crown
Sarah De Filippis

TICKETS: Email irene@equaljusticecanada.ca


Youth Rehabilitation Pilot

Equal Justice Canada has been operating a pilot Youth Rehabilitation Centre in Thunder Bay since September 29, 2017 and in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia since May 2018. 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 well-being, 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.