Why we are marching against racism

March 21 is the Worldwide Day for the elimination of racial discrimination and there are deliberate demonstrations across the worldon the day and on the earlier weekend. 


In Toronto, there’s a rally and march on Sunday March 20 at 1:30 pm on the courthouse at College and Armoury, organized by Group Solidarity Torontowhich is able to then be a part of with the Migrant Rightsdemonstration at Metropolis Corridor at 2:00 pm.


These occasions are a a lot wanted antidote to the rise of the far-right in Canada and are available at a vital time. 


The far-right led convoy protests uncovered a thread of racism and fascist thought that’s gaining mainstream enchantment and a focus. The protests obtained an enormous quantity of sympathetic media protection and have been overtly endorsed and enabled by politicians and police in Canada. We want a mass motion to push again towards the positive factors of the suitable and towards these forces that may drive a wedge between working folks.


The Canadian state is likely one of the greatest promoters of racism by way of its personal actions. The assaults on Indigenous Land Defenders from Moist’suwet’en territory to 1492 Land Again Lane are steeped within the racism of the colonial mission in Canada.


Mass graves of kids killed in residential faculties are nonetheless being investigated and hundreds of graves websites have now turned up. Our governments proceed to push for the exploitation and pillage of Indigenous lands on behalf of company pursuits. We should oppose that course of as a result of it would lead to each environmental destruction and elevated racism towards Indigenous folks.


Globally the impression of local weather change is being felt disproportionally by Indigenous folks and people within the world south who maintain little duty for the disaster. The IPCC report acknowledged that 3.6 billion folks – or about half of the worldwide inhabitants – are within the hazard zone as it’s. The industrialized nations are primarily in charge for the best emissions. Now Canadian oil and gasoline corporations wish to improve manufacturing to benefit from the latest worth rises in fossil fuels additional including to the destruction.


The pandemic has worsened racial inequality in Canada. The entrance line staff who’ve borne the brunt of the dangers related to the pandemic are in a majority, racialized staff. A latest examine from Brandon College discovered that migrant staff and those that got here to Canada beneath the short-term international employee program suffered from, ”overcrowded employee housing, poor entry to medical care, and unsafe and unhealthy working situations.” The Metropolis of Toronto discovered that systemic racism and discrimination resulted in poorer well being outcomes for racalized folks in Toronto – primarily due to a scarcity of entry to well being companies. In some ways, the pandemic simply exacerbated current inequalities.


The battle in Ukraine is exposing a brand new degree of racism in our media and in broader society. There’s a large sympathy for the Ukrainian refugees – as there must be. However protection of the refugees repeatedly mentions that the truth that these fleeing this battle are white and European which implies they’re seen in a extra sympathetic mild than these refugees from Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria. 


This discrepancy reminds us that Islamophobia – central to the Imperial goals of Canada and a significant motivator of the far-right – stays a major pillar within the racist framework of Canadian society. 


We name for all refugees who’re fleeing wars to be allowed into the nation no matter their level of origin. As most refugees are fleeing wars that the US and NATO companions like Canada began, we’ve got an additional duty to name for the borders to open. ALL refugees welcome!


The pursuits of capital in Canada are clear. They wish to proceed to pillage the setting for income – destroy Indigenous lands and peoples to increase fossil gas manufacturing – hyper exploit entrance line staff to make much more billions and to make use of the fascist oriented ‘convoy’ protesters to push their agenda on the streets. 


Governments throughout Canada are pursuing privatization schemes, planning austerity budgets and ignoring the large improve in the price of dwelling from housing to meals. In the meantime Canadian capitalists are making billions in income whereas costs skyrocket. 


Central to this mission of mass destruction is the tactic of divide and conquer. The rulers know that if they will preserve us divided alongside traces dictated by racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and every other division at their disposal, they will obtain their goals.


Whereas folks focused by such oppression bear the brunt of those assaults, working folks of all racial backgrounds, religions or id endure the impression of oppression each time it’s allowed to run rampant as a result of it weakens our collective resistance. That’s why we’re marching to finish racism. We have to be a part of collectively to cease the onslaught of the planet destroying, warmongering fascists and we will solely try this collectively!


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