From the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948, to the ongoing denial of millions of Palestinian refugees’ right to return home, to the institutionalized racism, apartheid and discrimination practiced against Palestinians in Israel, to the military occupation of the West Bank and its checkpoints, Apartheid Wall, land confiscation and home demolitions, to the mass imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians, to the ongoing siege of Gaza, the Israeli state (fully supported by the Canadian government) has always been a clear manifestation of racism. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is one international tool called for by the Palestinian movement to isolate Israel until it ends its ongoing racism, apartheid and war crimes.
As part of the struggle to confront Israeli apartheid and racism and support Palestinian rights, we also confront Canada’s own settler colonial reality, including racism, oppression, violence against indigenous people, exclusion and targeting of refugees and immigrants, criminalization and incarceration.
The Community March Against Racism in Vancouver commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, which marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid’s passbook laws. It is an occasion to march against racism in Canada, against Israeli apartheid, and for liberation and justice for Palestine and our communities. The Arab, Palestinian and Muslim communities in Canada continue to be targets for racism, both here and in Palestine. As Gaza is under attack, as Palestine is under attack, and as communities here are under attack, it is urgent that we join together in solidarity and resistance with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver and numerous communities to stand together to confront and challenge apartheid, racism and oppression.
Palestine solidarity groups around Vancouver will join in the Community March Against Racism, Saturday, March 23. Gather at 2 pm at Clark Park (14th and Commercial) for the start of the rally. Join us and March for Palestine!
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid – Vancouver will be marching together at the rally with a QuAIA banner, stickers and more!
The Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign will march in the rally against racism and occupation, from this land to Palestine!
Many others will be joining in as well – and we hope that you can join us!
March Announcement Below:
Annual Community March Against Racism
Saturday March 23
Starts at 2 pm at Clark Park (Commercial Drive and 14th)
Vancouver, Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories
*Family-friendly festivities! Bring your neighbours, banners and drums! Solidarity, relationships and healing among Mother Earth`s children*
The International Day for the Elimination of Racism marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid’s passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186. Every year we join friends and allies around the world to mark this day and to speak the truth about racism.
We stand in solidarity with the courageous leadership demonstrated by Indigenous communities across Turtle Island, most recently evident in the Idle No More movement. We also recognize that Idle No More is one mobilization amongst centuries of ongoing Indigenous resistance against colonialism.
This country is founded on the exploitation and marginalization of racialized communities, including dispossession and displacement of Indigenous nations, theft of resources from the global South, as well as the enslavement, exclusion and exploitation of diverse communities of colour. This country is marked by the forced confinement of Indigenous children in residential schools and the internment of Japanese-Canadian children in camps. Today we see the same logic resulting in Indigenous children being forcibly apprehended from their families and refugee children being incarcerated and facing mandatory detention.
Today we need to stand together and renew our anti-racist resistance. We need to show that we will not be complicit in racism. These are just some examples of devastating policies and projects that we stand against:
* Mass criminalization and incarceration under Harper’s new omnibus crime bill and Kenney’s omnibus refugee exclusion act.
* Tragedies of missing and murdered Indigenous women across these lands.
* Omnibus Bill C-45 that reduces environmental protections and threatens Indigenous sovereignty by privatizing Indigenous lands.
* Increasing restrictions on immigration and family sponsorship while expanding exploitative temporary worker programs.
* Bailing out banks while communities of colour live in poverty and face low wages, poor pensions, dangerous working conditions, and unemployment.
* Corporate destruction and environmental racism on Indigenous territories from pipelines in Alberta and BC to Canadian mining operations across Africa and Latin America.
* Involvement in military occupations from Afghanistan to Palestine to Mali, and Tory plans to expand Canadian military bases around the world.
* Racist stereotyping, fear-mongering and scapegoating continues to permeate the media, education system, policing institutions, and workplaces.
We encourage our friends and allies to be pro-active in countering racism. Join us in solidarity and resistance on March 23rd to celebrate the dignity, strength, and resilience of our communities.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778 885 0040 http://www.nooneisillegal.org/