In the wake of the senseless murder of six Muslim worshippers at a Quebec City mosque, Unifor members rallied nationwide to decry Islamophobia and to condemn the order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
On February 3, 4 and 5, rallies took place in more than a dozen cities across Canada to mark the National Days of Action Against Islamophobia. In Toronto thousands gathered outside the U.S. Consulate and marched to denounce hate and the U.S. travel ban. Members of the Canadian Freelance Union brought home made signs, as Unifor flags dominated the crowd showing a clear a message of union solidarity.
The attack during evening prayer at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec was shocking but it exposed the daily lived reality faced by many Muslims who encounter hate and Islamophobia.
In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, Unifor flags were also proudly displayed at rallies in Sydney, London, Ottawa and Vancouver. In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, Unifor flags were also proudly displayed at rallies in Sydney, London, Ottawa and Vancouver. A candlelight vigil was held in Nanaimo, BC, while in several cities, including St. John's, Newfoundland, members symbolically created a human shield around the local mosque. View photos at Facebook.com/UniforCanada.
Unifor rejects racism in all forms and remains committed to continue to work vigilantly against Islamophobia and all hate-based violence in the workplace and the community.
To welcome those impacted by Trump’s immigration ban Unifor is asking members to lobby the federal government. Tell Trudeau to accept those fleeing violence and deportation. Ask Canada to protect asylum seekers and eliminate the “Safe Third Country” agreement, a law that currently prevents refugees from coming to Canada if America was the first point of entry. Add your name to the petition: https://you.leadnow.ca (available in English only).