Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism – May 10, 2021

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Dear brothers, sisters & friends,

I am writing today to ask you and your members to consider endorsing May 10, 2021, as the “Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism” – a nationwide movement that was initiated by a group of grassroots activists in Burnaby, BC. 

Stand With Asians Coalition (SWAC) is a community of people in Canada who are concerned about the surge of anti-Asian racism in our cities. Vancouver has seen a staggering increase of over 700%, Burnaby – 350% increase, and Ottawa – 600% increase in 2020. A recent federally-funded study reported 1150 cases of racist attacks in Canada last year. Forty percent were reported in Ontario and forty-four percent were reported in B.C. Sixty percent of the cases were reported by women. 

Stand With Asians Coalition brings allies together to raise awareness and to combat anti-Asian racism. We must condemn all forms of hate in public spaces as it creates unsafe conditions for members of the Asian, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and Racialized Communities. 

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. The City of Burnaby is the first city in Canada that has officially made a proclamation, declaring May 10, 2021 as the “Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism”. Many cities on the west coast, such as Vancouver, Surrey, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Richmond, the District of Missions and on the east coast, Toronto and Ottawa, have either made similar proclamations or are in the process of considering. 

SWAC is organizing a nationwide Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism E Rally on Zoom on May 10 at 5 PM PT/ 8 PM ET. Speakers include: Speakers include: Jenny Kwan, MP (Vancouver – Kingsway) and former MP Olivia Chow. Join us and sign up here

If your union decides to endorse the Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism, we ask that you kindly inform our SWAC organizer, Doris Mah, at 604-729-3107 or doriswkmah@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

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May is Asian Heritage Month across Canada; a time during which we acknowledge, celebrate and reflect on the rich history and vast contributions Canadians of Asian descent have made and continue to make to the cultural, social and economic landscape of our country.

This year, as we observe Asian Heritage Month, we also find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic and an increase in xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment and violence.

It is therefore all the more important that we continue to stand in solidarity with Asian workers and communities across Canada in denouncing and calling for an end to anti-Asian racism, as well as take this time to amplify the history of Canadians of Asian descent, and honour the tireless efforts of community members and activists in struggling for human rights towards a more just society for all.

As promised in a message from earlier this week, please find a social media banner, including sharegraphics. If you missed it, please find read and share CLC’s statement highlighting Asian Heritage Month here.

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