To mark the International Day Against Racism, marking the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa. We will gather at Thornton Park which is at the Main Street Skytrain Station, then we will march through Chinatown. This is where Indigenous, Black, Chinese, Japanese and South Asian people lived historically.
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir will sing at the start before the march at Thornton Park.The march will start at Thorton Park and go north on Main to Hastings.Then turn left on Hastings and left On Carrol, where the reconciliation totem is. Then right on Pender, under the China Gate to Victory Square Park where the end at Hasting and Cambie.
The police are not our friends. We must look to our friends, comrades, and ourselves to make sure that we are safe from both white power attacks and from police snatch squads/beat down riot squads. Flics, porcs, assassins!
If you do not want photos of yourselves to be taken by right wing media groups, far right gangs, other boneheads, or the police then it would be recommended to have something to cover your face; it could be as simple as a t-shirt around your head (only your eyes and bridge of the nose visible), a ski mask, a surgical mask, or a bandana. If you can take a step to protecting yourself from identification, this is one of many simple options. It is also good to keep in mind of your surroundings — does your friend want you to be shouting their name to get their attention when police, far right gangs, and media are around you? Take the extra few steps and say hello without compromising the safety of others — always check in for consent! The same can be said about taking photos — does your selfie really need to be shared on 5 different social media accounts when vulnerable people are identifiable in the background?
PLEASE KEEP YOUR PHONES OFF AND BE SCENT FREE DURING THE EVENT AS PEOPLE HAVE SENSITIVITY TO THEM
The speakers at Victory Square Park will include:
Richard Wright — Gitxan Nation
Sacheen Seitcham — Land Defender
Jenny Kwan — MP Vancouver East -Safe Third Country Agreement.
Daniya Angel — Resisting White Supremacists
Alnoor Gova Ph.D. — Islamophobia
Cicely-Belle Blain — Black Lives Matter
Imtiaz Popat — Coalition Against Bigotry — Pacific
Young Scholar — Rap
Motion 103 passing in the House of Commons might be victory, however, the racist backlash it caused is still with us. Coupled with the London attack, the Islamophobic fallout will certainly affect the Muslims Communities in Metro Vancouver.
White supremacists rallied across Canada against Motion 103 at city halls across Canada including 30 who showed up at Vancouver City Hall on Sunday, March 19th. A handful tried to confront them but was intimidated by racist slurs and one was punched. The police did not protect those who came to resist the White Supremacists organizers.
Police have not been protecting white supremacists protestors against white supremacists organizing like they have done in the past. White supremacists intimidated the protesters outside the Trump Tower when it opened and the police did not stop them either.
We acknowledge that this event is being organized on the occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
We also acknowledge that acts of systemic colonization and genocide against indigenous folks are currently taking place in an ongoing manner within institutions, power structures, and language use. We must partake in recognizing our positions and complicity in settler colonialism on these stolen ancestral lands.
Let's March against racism, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry, hate propaganda, Bills C-24, C-44 and C-51, the resurgence of fascist, travel bans, and the Safe Third Country Agreement.
We are calling on Canadian government to condemn the ban against Muslims and open Canada as a place for those who have nowhere to go, and to immediately put an end to this horrific policy by suspending the Safe Third Country Agreement, repeal bills C-24, C-44 and C-51 and make stronger hate crime legislation to protect us from hate groups.
This group is made for the purpose of planning a protest as a form of action against the resurgence of fascist groups in our back yard and the racist immigration and citizenship policies of the Canadian government including the Safe Third Country Agreement forcing refugee claimants to cross border illegally taking great person risks and the hateful immigrant/refugee/Muslim ban in the USA that is targeting folks who hold dual- citizenship within those countries.
This is targeting racialized bodies whose backs imperial & colonial states were forcibly built on. We are angered & heartbroken about this ongoing form of colonial, racist violence enacted by white supremacy & border imperialism.
We have bled enough. NO TO HATRED.
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