Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Vancouver campaigners are planning a march this Sunday to continue the fight.
The day is observed as the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, a tragedy that saw 69 South Africans killed by police during a peaceful demonstration in 1960.
The Vancouver march aims to take action “against the rise of fascist groups in our back yard and the racist immigration and citizenship policies of the Canadian government,” say the organizers in the Facebook event posting.
A major issue on the march’s agenda is a change to the Safe Third Country Agreement, between Canada and the US that requires people to seek asylum in the first country they land in.
A number of refugees have fled the US to Canada illegally since US President Donald Trump began attempting to halt the intake of refugees and crackdown on illegal immigration.
March organizers are also calling for stronger hate crime legislation to better protect minorities from hate groups, and to repeal bills C-24, C-44, and C-51.
“We are angered & heartbroken about this ongoing form of colonial, racist violence enacted by white supremacy and border imperialism,” the Facebook event description reads, “We have bled enough. NO TO HATRED.”
Where: Begins at Thornton Park –Terminal Ave, Vancouver, ends at Victory Square Park – 200 W Hastings St, Vancouver
When: Sunday, March 26, 1 pm – 4 pm
Info: On Facebook