International Day Against Racism March to be held in Vancouver

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      There has been no shortage of racist incidents in Metro Vancouver arising since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, ranging from the distribution of anti-Chinese flyers to bomb threats at the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre.

      However, there has been an equally pronounced uprising of activism to counter and rally against discrimination.

      Another march in Vancouver is being organized, this time for the International Day Against Racism.

      Although the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is on Tuesday (March 21), a Vancouver march will be held on Sunday (March 26) from 1 to 4 p.m. at Thornton Park (1166 Main Street).

      The march will proceed through Chinatown and end at Victory Square Park at West Hastings and Cambie streets.

      The march is against racism, Islamophobia, bigotry, and hate propaganda.

      It is also intended to be a protest against Bills C-24 (which allows the government to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens convicted of terrorism, treason, or other offences), C-44 (the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act), and C-51 (which extends Canada's anti-terrorism legislation and grants greater powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and the Canada–U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires refugee claimants to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in.

      The event is being sponsored by the Pacific chapter to the Coalition Against Bigotry, Black Lives Matter Vancouver, Radical Desis, Siraat, Latinos in Action, Antifa Vancouver, the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Critical Muslim Voices, Salaam Vancouver, the Vancouver Taiko Society, and Watari.  

      For full details, visit the Facebook event page for the march.