Rights Back At You

Rights Back At You

Amnesty International Canada examines anti-Black racism, policing, and surveillance in a brand new podcast, Rights Back At You, hosted by Daniella Barreto. We delve into stories of resistance and meet the people making change unstoppable. From facial recognition and the right to protest to the war on drugs and defunding the police, this series connects the dots and passes the mic to people building a better future now. Together, we unravel the Canada you think you know and challenge the systems that hold back human rights.


February 22, 2023 29 mins

Shownotes Episode 5

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Content Note: This episode mentions children in immigration detention and residential schools.

Borders have long been sites of colonial enforcement about who can come and go and how Indigenous peoples are treated. Canada is no exception. Increasingly, governments look to technology to make potentially life-or-death decisions about whether a person fleeing danger should be allowed to cross ...

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Content note: this episode is about racial profiling

“I'm aware that any time I have an interaction with police that my life could be in danger-- or my freedom.” - Gyasi Symonds

After he was accused of jaywalking and then followed back to his workplace, Gyasi Symonds won his racial profiling case against the Halifax Regional Police. But street surveillance of Black people continues across the country. What'...

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February 8, 2023 40 mins

Shownotes Episode 3

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Content note: this episode contains mentions of sexual violence 

“I feel like people would have cared more… about this injustice if I had just died.” - Rowa Mohamed

Rowa Mohamed showed up to support her neighbours at an encampment eviction and was injured by police during the protest. Her experience of violence is not unusual – Black Muslim women are often treated with suspicion, like the...

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Content note: episode contains mentions of death, injection drug use and brief mention of suicide around  [4:02] - [5:46]

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“They’re not cops anymore. They’re soldiers. And we are the enemy” - Hugh Lampkin

Hugh Lampkin leads us through his experience as a harm reduction trailblazer in the Downtown Eastside with the grassroots group VANDU. He tells us how he and other activists had to smuggle naloxone from a co...

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Content note: brief description of death by police around [19:15]-[19:40] 

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“I think it was a very strategic ploy to try to harm me, intimidate me and send a message not only to me, but to my community.” - Derrick Ingram 

In our first episode, Derrick “D-Wreck” Ingram leads us through his experience of being trapped in his apartment, surrounded by the New York Police Department. In the summer of 2020, he share...

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July 20, 2022 1 min
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