Media Advisory: Montreal network protests against Trump and the far-right

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

Montreal Resist Trump Network protests against Presidential Inauguration

Community members denounce the far-right policies of Trump and supporters and declare: "Make Racists Afraid Again!"

MONTREAL, January 18, 2016 — The Montreal Resist Trump and the Far-Right Network is organizing several initiatives later this week to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The Montreal-area network, formed in the days after the November US Election, is organizing two protests this coming Friday, January 20, on the day of the Trump inauguration, in solidarity with #DisruptJ20 actions in DC. There will also be a protest caravan of cars driving to the #DisruptJ20 protests, leaving this Thursday.

Event details:

– Resist Trump! Montreal demonstration against Donald Trump and the far-right
Friday, January 20, 2017 11am
Métro Place-des-Arts (corner of Jeanne-Mance and De Maisonneuve)

– Night Demo: Make Racists Afraid Again!
Friday, January 20, 2017, 6pm
Phillips Square (corner Union and Ste-Catherine West, métro McGill))

– Montreal- DC Anti-Border Solidarity Caravan
Protest Donald Trump's Inauguration (January 19-21, 2017)

In the words of Nicole LeBlanc, an organizer with the Resist Trump and the Far-Right Network: "Beyond his toxic personality, Donald Trump represents misogynist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant politics. His platform for the United States’s next four years is filled with dangerous and hateful far-right ideas that deserve to be unequivocally opposed and resisted."

Eamon Toohey, a US resident living in Montreal, and also a member of the Resist Trump and the Far-Right Network, adds: "We reject border walls, Muslim bans, and xenophobia. Instead, we resist deportations, call for open borders, and support grassroots peoples’ struggles."

The Resist Trump and the Far-Right Network is also making links to struggles against far-right, racist ideas in Quebec and Canada. According to Abdel Karim, "We also oppose the manifestations of racism and Islamophobia here in Quebec, such as the recent Quebec Charter of Values and the increasing rise of anti-immigrant groups that promote violence and hate speech. We repudiate the annoying liberal idea that Canada or Quebec is somehow morally superior to the USA, and instead call for cross-border alliances, from the US-Canada border to the US-Mexico border."

Media, mainstream and alternative, are welcome to contact the following spokespersons for the Resist Trump Network:

Nicole LeBlanc (French/English) – Resist Trump Network Organizer
Phone (landline): 514-848-7585

Abdel Karim (French/English) – Resist Trump Network Organizer
Phone (landline): 514-848-7585

Eamon Toohey (English) – Resist Trump Network Organizer / US Resident living in Montreal
Phone (landline): 514-848-7585

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