TODAY: Demonstration Against Hate and Racism in Montreal (Press Point at 1:30pm)

Media Advisory — For Immediate Release

Quebec stands up against against racism: More than 160 community groups mobilizing together for an important demonstration against hate and xenophobia TODAY in Montreal

DATE: TODAY. Sunday, November 12, 2017 (Montréal)
TIME: Press Briefing 1:30pm; Demonstration 2pm
WHERE: Rue Berri, between de Maisonneuve East and Ste-Catherine East
CONTACT: 438-823-7243 or manif12novembre@gmail.com


Montreal, November 12, 2017 — Today, Sunday, November 12 in Montreal, protesters from all over Quebec will be participating in the Grande Manifestation contre la haine et le racisme, to denounce xenophobia, and to show solidarity together with grassroots anti-racist and anti-fascist struggles.

Over 160 groups have endorsed the callout to demonstrate, representing collectively a wide cross-section of Quebec society. The updated list of groups is available here: http://manif12novembre.com/appel-et-groupes-signataires/

Protesters will be attending the demonstration from all over Quebec, with buses or cars organized from Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Victoriaville, Quebec City, Saguenay and elsewhere, as well as demonstrators attending from all over the Montreal region.

According to the callout for the Grande Manifestation contre la haine et le racisme: "For several years we’ve seen the rise of racist hate speech in Quebec. The Parti Québecois’ “Charter of Values” in 2013, the election of Donald Trump in the USA, and the rise of populist, xenophobic political parties in Europe have galvanized the development of the far-right here. These forces have made a splash with their racist polemics. Far from cooling down this process, the Quebec City mosque massacre seems to have propelled this hateful discourse, normalizing it in the public imagination."

The Grande Manifestation contre la haine et le racisme is organized in opposition to racism, Islamophobia, colonialism, sexism, transphobia, and all forms of hate encouraged by the far-right; in support of a society without borders, based on solidarity and inclusiveness; and to denounce capitalism and austerity, which are the causes themselves – not immigrants or people of colour – at the root of poverty and growing social insecurity.

NOTICE TO MEDIA: The spokespersons for the Grande Manifestation contre la haine et le racisme will be holding a press briefing 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the demonstration this Sunday, November 12. The press briefing will be at 1:30pm at the corner of Berri and Ste-Catherine East; the demonstration will start shortly after 2pm at the corner of Berri and de Maisonneuve East. Before, during and after the demonstration, the following media spokespersons will be available for interviews and comments:

Anas Bouslikhane, anti-racist activist, member of Solidarity Across Borders and the Collective de résistance antiraciste de Montréal (French/English)
Safa Chebbi, anti-racist and anti-colonial activist, community organizer and member the board of Alternatives (French/Arabic)
Stacey Gomez, anti-racist feminist activist, member of Solidarity Across Borders (English/Spanish)
Jaouad Laaroussi, member of the Grande manifestation contre la haine et le racisme organizing committee (French/English)
Marlihan Lopez, Black feminist activist and community organizer, co-Vice-President of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (English/French/Spanish)

Media representatives can stay in touch with the Grande manifestation contre la haine et le racisme media support team by phone (438-438-7243) or by e-mail (manif12novembre@gmail.com).

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