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Two small cities talk about stopping hate

Stop Hate Vigil - Barrie Ontario

We're all still reeling from the most recent demonstrations of hatred. You've probably noticed that we're spending a lot of our energy here at rabble.ca countering the message of the Alt-Right. Which is another way of saying White Supremacy.

And we're going to keep on doing it. A lot of the Stop Hate articles that are appearing in the press, here at rabble.ca included, focuses on actions in large cities. That's because the national media is located in big cities, and local reporters have fewer opportunities to contribute content to the big papers and broadcast outlets.

So, when rabble podcast network executive producer Victoria Fenner heard that there was going to be a vigil last Friday night in Barrie to acknowledge the events in Charlottesville, she decided to go and do some recordings to share. 

Barrie is a small city of about 145,000. Barrie is located in the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabeg.  It's close enough to Toronto that it has a daily commuter train every day that takes commuters to Toronto. It's a two hour train trip, so it's far enough away that it's not really part of the GTA. Politically, it's a very conservative community. Ontario Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown will be running in Barrie in the next election. He's from here. Barrie is also the only place east of Manitoba to elect a Reform Party candidate way back when the Reform Party existed.  

On this podcast you'll  hear excerpts from some of the speeches from the Barrie vigil.  This excerpt from the Barrie Anti White Supremacy Solidarity Vigil features the voices of organizers Keenan Aylwin and Lauren McLachlan; Wayne Monague from the Barrie Native friendship centre; and Shelly Skinner from Barrie Pride. It was held on Friday, August 18th in front of Barrie City Hall.

And also we'll go down to London, Ontario, located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wendat people.  rabble.ca's babble moderator Meg Borthwick went to a workshop called The Anti Hate Counter Protest Work Bee.  It was held in preparation for Saturday's Anti-Hate Rally, which is being held at London City Hall from 10:30 to 2 pm this coming Saturday, August 22, 2017.

Image:  Anti White Supremacy Vigil, Barrie Ontario.  Speaker shown is Wayne Monague of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. Photo by Edward Moll. Used with permission

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Here at rabble.ca, we're devoting a lot of our coverage towards Stopping Hate. There are a lot of good columnists and stories addressing the issue. Search the hashtag #stophateCA to keep track of what we're doing.

And check out our most recent Activist Toolkit column - Responding to Charlottesville - some ways to help.  Let's keep working to make these acts of hate visible.

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