101 Days of Action Against Racism

WHEREAS We acknowledge that recent events outside our borders and within our own neighbourhoods have left many of our friends, families, and fellow citizens in a vulnerable state. While their lived experiences are a testament to courage and resiliency, we recognize that hate can only be overcome when we stand in solidarity and empower each other’s voices.

WHEREAS We recognize that the City of Vancouver has a long history of bias and discrimination. Historically it manifested itself in injustices such as race riots and people being denied the ability to buy homes in areas of the city or mortgages because of gender or sexual identity, and the erasure of neighbourhoods. More subtle forms of discrimination such as hateful slurs and distribution of racist flyers are equally damaging and continue to this day.

WHEREAS For traditionally marginalized communities it is easy to become desensitized to subtle acts of discrimination and racism. However, if we don’t call them out, they perpetuate.

WHEREAS The City of Vancouver is blessed with a long tradition of celebrating diversity and, more recently, of standing in solidarity with marginalized communities to stand up for our shared values of equality and respect.

WHEREAS, Indigenous communities, intercultural groups, labour organizations, non-profit organizations, artists, academics, and activists are the backbone of our rich history of community builders.

We the undersigned pledge:

To speak out against hate and discrimination of any form in our community.

To take part in a rally to be held on March 19, 2017, in observance of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st 2017.

That during the 101 days between December 10th and March 21st, we commit to work towards furthering our understanding of each other, building bridges across communities, and listening to our fellow citizens with empathy and compassion. Each of us has a responsibility to stand in solidarity with vulnerable groups and to protect our values of a welcoming and inclusive community .

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