Today! Over 125 Quebec groups to announce important public demonstration against racism

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release – Today!

Press conference: Over 125 Quebec groups to announce important public demonstration against racism

Grassroots anti-racist organizations mobilizing together for a historic demonstration against hate and xenophobia

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st, 10am
WHERE: 300 boulevard de Maisonneuve East (Montréal)
CONTACT: 438-933-7654 or manif12novembre@gmail.com

Montreal, November 1st, 2017 — Today, November 1st, over 125 community groups will be publicly announcing an upcoming demonstration against hate and racism to take place in Montreal later this month. The press conference will also be an opportunity for media representatives of the Grande Manifestation contre la haine et le racisme to address recent events, including the rise of far-right anti-immigrant groups, the discriminatory Bill 62, the cancellation of the commission into systemic racism, and ongoing grassroots efforts to effectively oppose racism and xenophobia in Quebec society.

Over 125 groups have endorsed the callout to demonstrate; the updated list of groups is available here: http://manif12novembre.com/appel-et-groupes-signataires/

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.

For the next three weeks, several media spokespersons for the Grande manifestation contre la haine et le racisme will be actively addressing the media and will be available for interviews. Those media representatives include:

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 (438-933-7654) or by e-mail (manif12novembre@gmail.com).

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