International Day Against Racism & Bigotry March @ Thornton Park, Vancouver [24 March]

International Day Against Racism & Bigotry March

13:00 - 17:00

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Thornton Park
1166 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 4B6
The annual International Day Against Racism & Bigotry March, will be held in Vancouver starting at Thornton Park (Main Street Skytrain Station) 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 will march through the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown and back to Thornton Park. This is where Indigenous, Black, Chinese, Japanese and South Asian people.

The march and rally in Vancouver is coming together in a united effort to fight all forms of racism, bigotry and oppression with the recent growth of white supremacist and ultra-national groups in Metro Vancouver. The White Supremacist hate propaganda has not only been racist, but also sexist, hetrosexist, transexist, ableist and classist.

Speakers will address the failure of the Canadian justice system in the murder of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine, Tony Du, and the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City killing 6 and wounding 19, as well as the alarming increase in hate crimes by White Supremacist and the failure of the justice system to protect us.

The International Day Against Racism and Bigotry is observed annually to remember the 69-people killed by police at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa against the apartheid «pass laws». Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly of the United Nations called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Accessibility & Safety Information:

1. ASL interpretation has been secured for this event. We have hired 2 professional interpreters and will have 4 Douglas student volunteers.

2. To help us create a scent-reduced event space, please refrain from wearing perfumes or any scents the day before the rally, as well as during it. This includes smoking — please use alternatives for the duration of the rally and march.

3. To create an accessible event for people with Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) sensitivities, please turn off your cell phones at the rally and march. If you must keep your phone on, then we ask you to place yourself in the designated area during the rally and walk at the back of the march.

4. Some gender neutral and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located along the march route. Further details will be provided at the event.

5. If you are taking pictures, please take photos that only show the back of peoples' heads and/or ensure you have the consent of those who are in the photo.

6. Vehicles will follow the march and can carry people along the route should the entire length of the march be inaccessible for them.

7. If you have any requests or access needs we should know about please email us at accessibility.

Supported by: Coalition Against Bigotry — Pacific, Solidarity Against Fascism Everywhere (SAFE), Stand Up To Racism — Metro Vancouver, Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC), Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society (CARES), UBC Social Justice Centre, Radical Desis, Latinos In Action, Salaam Canada, Siraat, LGBTIQ2S+ Health Equity Collaborative, Young Communist League, International Socialist, Peace Bearers, The Anti-Oppression Network, BC Teachers Federation, Surrey Teachers Association, South Asian Network for Secularism, Democracy (SANSAD), Vancouver Pride Society, Critical Muslim Voices, Vancouver Tenants Union, Right to Remain, Dowtown Eastside SRO Collaborative, Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), the Surrey Community Alliance (SCA), British Columbia Government Employees Union (BCGEU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2 Alliance Against Displacement (ADD), Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Mainland Human Rights Committee, Union of National Employees (UNE) BC and Yukon, Midwives Association of BC, Hogan's Alley Working Group, Wilderness Committee, CUPE BC and CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council.

If your organization wants to support this march, please message the Coalition Against Bigotry — Pacific
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