I wrote a blog posting about NDP Leader Carole James's response to Vancouver-Kensington NDP candidate Mable Elmore's 2004 comments on Zionism. You can see what she told Seven Oaks, and fill in the comment space below to say if you think these comments warranted an apology.
Seven Oaks: What kind of reactions have you received -- because you’re a rank-and-file activist -- from your co-workers and your fellow union member in your local to some of the anti-war work that you’ve been doing in the union?
Mable Elmore: It’s been tough. And I’m in a male-dominated union, we’re ninety per cent men, and a lot of middle-aged brothers and I’m in the minority; I’m an activist, I’m a lesbian of colour, and out in the union, and so it’s kind of hitting all those fronts. And in terms of the anti-war stuff, it’s really been a struggle. We have vocal Zionists in our worksites, and we’ve had to battle them, and – really, I’d characterize it as ”˜battles,’ in terms of turning our executive members around, and bringing educationals into our workplace, and being shut out by management, and having to have our workshops outside of the worksite, and facing continual backlash. But the backlash is also a sign of making progress. So that’s how we take that perspective, but, it’s been tough but we’re going to continue to push. We’re signing up more and more members [to the Peace and Justice Committee], and that’s continuing that mobilizing, and that hasn’t been easy.