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Activist Communique: Candlelight vigil against racism, Islamophobia and violence

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Join a peaceful Candlelight Vigil:
Stand against colonialism, racism, Islamophobia and all forms of violence across Turtle Island

WHAT Candlelight Vigil
WHERE in front of 700 Lawrence Square Shopping Centre (one block west of Lawrence West subway stn.)
WHEN Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
WHY Claim public space honouring struggles and dignity of marginalized peoples and stand in solidarity with those who continue to fight against various forms of racism and white supremacy on Turtle Island and everywhere else.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, other faith based and secular human rights
organizations will hold a candle light vigil honouring struggles of marginalized peoples and our common humanity across religious, racial and ethnic identities. The vigil is scheduled as an alternate voice to a nearby rally supporting the English Defence League (EDL), a British right-wing group responsible for a wave of violent anti-Islamic/anti-Muslim street protests in the United Kingdom since 2009.

Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Defence_League.

The EDL support rally, believed to be the first in Canada, is being organized by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) of Canada at the Toronto Zionist Centre, 788 Marlee Ave.

Come and give your public support to those targeted by such violent activities. Organizers particularly encourage women to attend, and expect that anyone joining the peaceful candlelight vigil enter into the space from a place of grounded calm. At no time will we resort to any form of violence even if provoked. Others standing in solidarity might be in more vulnerable positions and could be adversely affected by expressions of anger.

For more information on the vigil, contact the undersigned, or Shaista Patel, First Nations Solidarity Working Group (FNSWG) shaista.patel(AT)utoronto.ca


See also: Activist Communiqué: Anti-Racist Action call-out -- Evict the English Defence League


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