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We resist. We build. We rise. On the 100th day of Trump’s presidency thousands joined together in a powerful demonstration of unity for jobs, justice, and climate action.

May 3, 2017

See highlights of Peoples Climate March (Toronto)

On April 29th, students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous Nations, community organizations, and environmental groups joined together to make it clear that this resistance will defend our communities, now and forever.

The march was a beautiful, hopeful moment. And now, together, we will chart another path for Canada: away from the bigoted agenda for a cruel, polluted and divided country, and towards a clean energy economy that works for everyone.

Here are a few highlights from the day.

special thanks to Nadia MacKinnon Media

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Walk With Dignity on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

May 3, 2017
Greetings Friends and Family,
 
On Saturday May 20th, 2017 members of UARR will be participating in the International Development and Relief Foundation’s (IDRF) Dignity Walk. 
 
What does LIVING WITH DIGNITY mean?

Dignity means:

  • Women can access clean water without risking their lives and walking for miles
  • Hearing-impaired youth can learn to communicate and gain skills for a brighter future
  • Families in a refugee camp can have food, shelter, fuel, water and warm clothing for the winter
  • Traumatized children of war can access psycho-social programming to improve their mental health

By sponsoring UARR on this day, you will help others be able to live with dignity – an inherent value of worth we are all born with. It can be as little or as much as you can afford.

MIXED Art Conference 2017 : Get Your Tickets Now!

May 3, 2017

The aim of this multidisciplinary biennial art conference is to co-create an inclusive dialogue about racialized mixed identities and lived realities through an intersectional lens.

MIXED is a multidisciplinary art conference that provides a space to share our experiences around racialized mixed-race identities through art, discussion and community building. Facilitators will use storytelling, poetry, visual arts, performance art, etc. in the day’s events instead of solely relying on the traditional academic conference style where topics of race and identity tend to be discussed. By doing so, the attendees may co-create the content alongside the facilitators thereby facilitating a space where the attendees are also regarded as subject matter experts of their own experiences.

The 2017 conference theme is “Activism: Within and Without the Family”, featuring Sharon Chang, author of Raising Mixed Race! We’d love to hear your stories of resistance and resilience regarding the generational impact of: the 60s scoop, Japanese internment, Chinese head tax, anti-Black racism, etc; as well as how you cope with prejudice within the biological or transracially adoptive family, or even forging a community-based family.

Self Care Throughout the day,  active listeners will be available to assist with possible triggering. We will also be featuring a wellness group exercise lead by Dr. Samantha Boshart for some self-care debriefing at the end of the event.

Accessibility
We would like to have as many individuals participate in the event by reducing boundaries where possible. An all gender bathroom will be available and the space is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is Pay What You Can, but no one will be turned away at the door. We ask all attendees to come scent-free.

MIXED is meant to be as safe a space as possible for all attendees which means no forms of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, discrimination based on age, class, weight, creed, immigration status, xenophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, cissexism, etc. will be tolerated.

Our 2015 event sold out very quickly.

The 2017 event tickets available now:

Click here to learn more about M.I.X.E.D.

Trick or Treaty? Critical questions about the #Canada150 celebrations in the context of the treaties (and disregard thereof) and Turtle Island history dating thousands of years

April 14, 2017

N’it and hello UARR friends and Family,

Please join Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, the Ryerson Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Urban Alliance of Race Relations for a free screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s film, “Trick or Treaty?”, a part of the National Film Board of Canada’s Canada 150 event across the country.

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion addressing critical questions around Canada 150 celebrations in the context of the treaties (and disregard thereof) and Turtle Island history dating thousands of years.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6pm – 9pm
International Room
International Living/Learning Centre
240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario

Dinner will be served prior to this event.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be in attendance.

Facebook invitation here

Synopsis of film by the National Film Board:

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper.

In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.

Let’s talk! Islamophobia, racial and religious justice and more with Professor Khaled Beydoun

April 3, 2017

Prof. Khaled Beydoun will discuss the Muslim Ban and the emergence of Legal Islamophobia. Prof. Beydoun argues that Legal Islamophobia is facilitated by legal and political baselines – deeply embedded in legal, media, and political institutions – that frame Islam as un-American, and Muslims as presumptive national security threats. Its spread is further facilitated by modern law and policy that marks Islam as an extremist ideology that spawns “radicalization”.

Professor Khaled Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and affiliated faculty at the UC-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation. Professor Beydoun is an active public intellectual. In addition to his regular commentary in AlJazeera English, Professor Beydoun’s insight has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Salon, and ESPN; and television and radio news programming including CNN, the BBC, Fox, NBC and ABC News.

The conversation will be moderated by Nigel Barriffe – President of Urtban Alliance of Race Relations.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

6:30PM

Centre of Social Innovation (Annex)
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R5

Whole Conversations with Professor Khaled Beydoun- April 7th

Women’s rights activist in Jamaica charged under Cybercrimes Act for allegedly naming sexual offenders on social media

March 24, 2017

A Jamaican women’s rights activist, Latoya Nugent, has been charged with three counts of “malicious communication” under Jamaica’s cybercrimes act for allegedly naming sexual offenders on social media.

Nugent is a co-founder of the Tambourine Army, a social justice movement working to eliminate sexual violence and protect the rights of women and children in the Caribbean.

According to the United Nations, the Caribbean has some of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. It is estimated that one in three women have experienced sexual or physical violence, and 14-38% of women have experienced intimate partner violence at least once.

Critics of the move to prosecute Nugent are arguing she has been targeted because of her prominent activism. She has been vocally critical of the Jamaican and other Caribbean governments’ inadequate enforcement of sexually violent crimes.

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations stands in solidarity with Nugent and the Tambourine Army. We support the work of activists in the Caribbean and in Canada to address gender-based violence, and improve the justice process for survivors.

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations joins our community partners in calling for:

  1. All charges against Latoya Nugent under the Cybercrimes Act to be dropped immediately.
  2. Community members in Jamaica, Canada, and world-wide to support the work of the Tambourine Army to eradicate sexual violence.
  3. Jamaican and other Caribbean governments to address legislative and enforcement policies to ensure sexual assault perpetrators are brought to justice.

Download news release.  (PDF)

Download fact sheet.  (PDF)

Annual General Meeting & Public Forum to Recognize The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 15, 2017

When: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Where: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Annual General Meeting 6:00 – 6:50pm

Public Forum in partnership with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council

UNITE to STOP HATE 7:00 – 9:00pm

Speakers:

Catherine Brooks, Indigenous Elder

Imam Ibrahim Hindy, Imam, Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre

Anthony Morgan, Lawyer and advocate

Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor

Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress

Moderator:
Nigel Barriffe, President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Entertainment:

Moyo Rainos Mutamba

ECHO Women’s Choir with Annabelle Chvostek

TC3 Drummers

RSVP for the AGM: yumei@urbanalliance.ca or call 416-703-6607 Ext. 0

#UNITEtostophate      #Iwillresist            #IDERD2017

RSVP for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unite-to-stop-hate-tickets-32272472835