You Are Invited to a Public Forum on Racism, Discrimination and Oppression in our Niagara region

              Wednesday, November 13th at 8 p.m. at the                         St. Catharines Central Library. The Forum is open to all and  Free of Charge

An Invite from the Niagara District Council of Women

Posted October 31st. 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

Those of us who live in Niagara may like to think that acts of racism or discrimination against others due to the colour of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion, their gender or sexuality or due to some other reason are rare here, or at least not as frequent as they are in other regions of Canada or the United States.

One weekend, early last year, grade school children and others were greeted by this Nazi swastika, spray painted on a sidewalk near Harriet Tubman elementary school in             St. Catharines/Niagara

Yet I am sure that at least some of us have heard stories from our friends and neighbours that have made us cringe, and some of us have borne witness to such acts ourselves. Every now and then, we also read or hear about expressions of hate in our communities that are part of the whole package.

One that comes immediately to mind for me, with the film about the great emancipator of slaves and heroine of the underground railroad, Harriet Tubman, coming to theatres, is the disturbing report a year ago about someone spray painting a Nazi swastika on a sidewalk near the Harriet Tubman elementary school in St. Catharines where, just two years earlier, I joined a gathering of mostly children for the unveiling of a statue to Tubman.

We should not   hide our heads in the sand about this sickness in our communities and the need to work together to address it.

So please mark the date and time for this important Public Form on your calendar and try to attend.

Once again, as it has done so many times over the years, the Niagara District Council of Women is hosting a forum with a great line-up of speakers, on an issue that matters to the places where we live, work and play.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

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