On August 29 groups across multiple Canadian cities, including Montreal, are holding protests with the aim of having their voices heard about the matter of defunding the police. These actions are being led by the Coalition for BIPOC Liberation, which came to fruition this summer and "is a collective of social justice groups and community activists from across the country, led by Black and Indigenous people."\nThe organizers describe the protest as having the aim of "defunding not only the SPVM, but all forms of policing from regional to federal," with hopes of reinvesting those funds in communities instead.\nEditor's Choice: Quebec Is Shortening Mandatory Isolation For People With COVID-19\n"We demand our basic human right to live peacefully with the equitable opportunity to live our best lives, take care of our families and support our communities," a coalition spokesperson said in a statement shared with MTL Blog.\n"Without the removal of the laws of colonialism, the liberation of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour will cease to exist. Invest in people, not police."\nBeyond defunding the police, the Coalition for BIPOC Liberation's list of demands, which was created with the help of the Racial Justice Collective, includes "[decriminalizing] sex work and drugs," providing "reparations for BIPOC communities," taking the "RCMP off Indigenous lands," "[freeing] people from prisons and jails," and ending incarceration, among other points.\nThe coalition is directing these demands to the federal government, because "to fight an inherently racist system, you have to fight it on all levels," a member, Elijah Olise, explained to MTL Blog.\nThe protest in Montreal will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 29.\nView this post on Instagram Français suivra LOCATION CHANGE protest is now taking place by Place des Arts. It was very generous for people to reach out to let us know that Cabot Square would be putting Indigenous folxs at risk especially during the pandemic. Nationwide protests and actions are taking place to defund the police in cities and regions all over so called "canada," Turtle Island. Join us in the Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal protest this Saturday for defunding not only the SPVM, but all forms of policing from regional to federal. ----- CHANGEMENT DE LIEU La manifestation aura maintenant lieu à la Place des Arts. Ça a été très généreux de la part des gens de la communauté de nous tendre la main et nous faire savoir que Cabot Square mettrait les gens autochtones en danger, en particulier pendant la pandémie. Des manifestations et des actions dans tout le pays sont en cours pour destituer la police dans les villes et les régions partout dans ce qu'on appelle le «canada», l'île de la Tortue. Rejoignez-nous dans la manifestation Tiohtià: ke / Montréal ce samedi pour le définancement non seulement du SPVM, mais de toutes les formes de police, du régional au fédéral. A post shared by Racial Justice Collective (@racialjusticecollective) on Aug 26, 2020 at 8:49pm PDT\nThe Montreal protest is part of a "nationwide action to defund the police" on August 29, with planned demonstrations in the Canadian cities of Toronto, London, Calgary, Moncton, Ottawa, and Frederiction.\nThe locations for these Canadian cities' protests can be found in the post below.\nView this post on Instagram See you there, across Canada! poster by @marsmella A post shared by Racial Justice Collective (@racialjusticecollective) on Aug 26, 2020 at 9:02pm PDT\nThe City of Montreal recently released an online survey, which listed the option to limit the SPVM's funding but wouldn't say whether the inclusion of that question was in response to demonstrations this year.\nThis survey ended on August 23.\nOlise explained that the Coalition for BIPOC Liberation is hoping to "get people to imagine what society would look like without police."\nMontreal Protest To Defund The Police\nWhen: Saturday, August 29 at 12 p.m.\nWhere: Place des Arts, Montreal, QC\n\nPosted by The Coalition for BIPOC Liberation on Tuesday, August 25, 2020\nFacebook event\n\n* This cover photo is used for illustrative purposes only.