On November 24th, 2021 volunteers of the Hamilton Encampment Support Network and residents responded to a fire and an encampment tear down at JC Beemer Park. This resulted in the arrest of a Black disabled woman and her partner. In the following days (November 26th, 2021), another Black disabled woman was arrested at Beasley Park. In response to the arrest, a number of residents showed up at the Hamilton Police Central Station. Hamilton Police asked residents to leave and in the process, three Black youth were arrested violently as witnessed in this video. The events that occurred are now currently being investigated by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

  • We call Hamilton Police and the Prosecutors office to drop the charges laid against all the aforementioned activists.

  • We are calling on the Hamilton Police Service Board and/or the Attorney General to open a judicial inquiry into the actions of all Police officers present at JC Beemer Park on Nov 24th and at the Hamilton Police Central station on Nov 26th.

  • We are calling on City Council to stop encampment evictions adversely affecting Black, Indigenous, and low-income residents.

Endorsements from Elected Officials

Andrea Horwath– MPP Hamilton Centre and Leader of the Official Opposition

Matthew Green – MP Hamilton Centre

Rima Berns-McGown – MPP Beaches-East York

Councillor Nrinder Nann – Hamilton

Councillor Maureen Wilson – Hamilton

Endorsements from Organizations

ACORN Hamilton

Afro Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster (ACFAM)

AIDS Network

Broadbent Institute

Beasley Neighbourhood Association

Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)

CUPE Ontario

CUPE 3906

Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Ecohesian Inc

Encampment Support Network – Parkdale

Environment Hamilton

Equity Network Dundas

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)


Peel Regional Labour Council


Sex Worker Action Program of Hamilton (SWAP)

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC)

Wesley Urban



Everyone Rides Initiative

Filipinas of HamOnt

Hamilton 350

Hamilton Artists Inc

Hamilton Asian Alliance

Hamilton Bike Share

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

Hamilton District Labor Council


Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council

Hamilton Students for Justice (HS4J)

Hamilton Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local (HWETL)

I Heart Hamilton


Good Shepherd

McMaster University – Office of Community Engagement

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC)

Wesley Urban