November 20th, 2015
URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS
CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIM CANADIAN COMMUNITY
Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in Canada and wholeheartedly opposes recent attacks directed toward our fellow Canadian Muslims.
UARR condemns all acts of terrorism. We are all grieving the loss of life due to recent terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, and elsewhere. Unfortunately, events overseas have resulted in a rise of incidents of Islamophobia within our own communities in Canada.
On November 14, 2015, the only Islamic Center in Peterborough, Masjid Al-Saalam, was burned in an act of arson that is currently being investigated as a hate crime. Although there were no injuries or fatalities, community members were gathered at the Islamic center merely an hour before the fire.
On November 16, 2015, a Muslim woman was attacked and robbed in Toronto while picking up her children in the Flemingdon Park area. Reportedly, two assailants assaulted her and called her a terrorist.
The most recent act of Islamophobia occurred today: November 19, 2015. Two more Muslim women were verbally assaulted on a TTC subway. The latest incident involved three suspects: two men and one woman who made racists and derogatory comments toward the Muslim woman. The suspects fled the scene once a witness activated the emergency alarm system in the train.
UARR President Nigel Barriffe has urged “community members and faith groups to stand united against intolerance of all forms and demand our political leaders to take swift action in addressing Islamophobia in our communities.”
The UARR was established in 1975 by a group of Torontonians concerned about the increasing hate- motivated violence against African and South Asian Canadians in Toronto. Our mandate is to work to maintain stable, peaceful and harmonious relationships among our diverse ethno/racial communities in Toronto through research, public education and community engagement involving both the public and private sector.
On December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day, UARR and community partners are hosting an evening public forum called, “What Can We Do About Religious Profiling?” For details and RSVPs, visit our website or Facebook page: http://www.urbanalliance.ca, https://www.facebook.com/UARRinToronto
For more information please contact:
Nigel Barriffe, President at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-427-1192
Jaafar Dirie, Project Coordinator at email@example.com or call 416.703.6607 ext 2
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE