Together against Islamophobia and racism

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Like so many people around the world, we have been filled with horror and grief since hearing about the terrorist attack and mass shooting that happened against the Muslim community in New Zealand.

Though this terrible act was perpetrated halfway around the world, it is important for us to recognize that Islamophobia and racism exist in Canada as well. It was just two years ago that six Muslims were murdered in Quebec City. Police-reported hate crimes went up 47% in Canada in 2017, led by growth in violence targeting Muslim, Jewish and Black communities.[1] There are at least 300 known white supremacist organizations currently active in Canada.

To our Muslim coalition members and neighbours, we grieve with you and offer you our... solidarity and support.

To our non-Muslim members, we invite you to use the resources below to help do our part together to stand up to Islamophobia.

Why are we writing to you about this as a public health care-focused organization? As a coalition we are deeply committed to people’s right to safety, equity and dignity. Stamping out racism and Islamophobia will require active participation from multiple communities and sectors, and we are committed to doing our part.

Some helpful resources:

1. Attend or organize an event as a part of the #UniteAgainstRacism events taking place across the country March 21-24. You can find information about the events here: http://migrantrights.ca/en/march21/?fbclid=IwAR2baKUyLjvpPkZLhLrkZAGlyFvMM-sH-rbKSxOXsPyWBLvXKnF6UnZQavw

2. Learn about ways you can help be a part of the solution. This list of 20 things non-Muslims can do to combat Islamophobia is a good place to start - point number 9 is where the preventative measures begin.

3. Stand up to racism and Islamophobia when you see it. This simple comic outlines a useful approach to standing up to Islamophobic attacks:

Comic - What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment

Thank you very much for your support,

Edith, Adrienne, & Edward
BC Health Coalition Co-Chairs

Sources:

[1] Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-hate-crimes-in-canada-rose-by-47-per-cent-last-year-statscan/


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