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PEI chapter to join silent march against Islamophobia & White Supremacy

The Council of Canadians PEI chapter will be taking part in the National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy.

Chapter activist Leo Broderick has posted on Facebook, “The Council of Canadians PEI chapter endorses the silent march to show solidarity against Islamophobia and White Supremacy on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 11:30 am at the bottom of Queen Street, near the 2017 sign in Charlottetown. Organized by the Cooper Institute.”

Local radio reports Cooper Institute spokesperson Marie Burge saying the response has been overwhelming with hundreds of Islanders showing interest.

The Guardian adds, “The organizers say both the events in Quebec City and President Trump’s new executive orders directed at Muslim majority countries have prompted the event. The solidarity march will feature prayer, a few short speeches, and meditative silence. It will be characterized by mourning and by hope, say organizers.”

The organizers note, “There is a need for Canada to step up and rescind many of its immigration policies. Some of our legislation creates hardship for refugee claimants. Now with the actions of the new US President, Canada’s policies create extremely dangerous situations for refugees. For example the Safe Third Country Agreement bars many refugees from entering Canada from the US over land to claim asylum in Canada. Many Canadians are unaware that the anti-terrorism legislation as found in Bill C-51 creates an the anti-Muslim environment.”

The outreach also highlights, “Following a prayer led by a member of the Muslim Society of PEI, we will proceed in silence to Province House.”

Further reading
National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy, February 4 (January 31, 2017)