Ignite resistance ~ Canadian multiculturalism is not enough!
SATURDAY MARCH 21
6:30 pm: local artists of colour showcase
7:30 pm: wicked performances and inspiring words
rhizome cafe, 317 e. broadway
corner kingsway, unceded coast salish territories
March 21 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.
For centuries, communities have led countless courageous struggles against racism and the ways it manifests itself in our daily lives. Although many would like to believe that it no longer exists, the ugly truth is that racism is present locally, globally and in various ways including:
- Individual and institutional racism and racial profiling based on falsely equating the "West" as an evolved and egalitarian culture versus racialized peoples as backward, inherently patriarchal, and savage.
- Ongoing theft and dispossession of Indigenous lands and peoples, in BC made worse with the upcoming 2010 Olympics.
- Racist and imperialist wars and occupations from Palestine and Afghanistan to the Phillipines and Haiti.
- Increasing number of detentions and deportations, exploitation of (im)migrant workers, and heightened border security.
- Growing poverty and poor wages as well as lack of access to adequate healthcare, education, housing due to corporate globalization.
Join us this March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racism, for a powerful and uplifting evening with artists and performers to show our communities' collective strength in challenging racism and white supremacy. the invisible are dreaming. the fallen have risen. by raising the ground up ~ ignite resistance.