Let’s make sure Ontario steps up against Islamophobia

United Against Islamophobia is calling on the Government of Ontario to designate January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed and many others injured during evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. In that year, hate crimes against Muslims in Ontario rose by 207%. Most recently, a horrific attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has left us all shaken.

Islamophobia and hate are on the rise in our province, and we must take action. Our government must commit to rejecting forces that negatively impact the lives of fellow Ontarians.

Join us by sending an email to your MPP. Tell your MPP racism and hate are not welcome here.

United Against Islamophobia campaign partners include:

Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Canadian Council of Imams
Ontario Federation of Labour
Toronto and York Region Labour Council
OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Canadian Chinese National Council-Toronto Chapter
Muslim Council of Peel
Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)
Muslim Youth Fellowship
Abu Hurairah Centre
The Rivers of Hope Collective
Black Muslim Initiative
Salaam Canada
Muslim Neighbourhood Nexus
Muslim Association of Brantford
Yaqeen Institute
Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre
London Muslim Mosque
Danforth Islamic Centre
Al Huda Institute Canada
Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Across Boundaries
Faith in the City
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
Punjabi Community Health Services
Canadian Council of Indian Imams
Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
Bread and Bricks Social Justice Group
Davenport Perth Community Ministry
Sayeda Khadija Centre
Canadian Centre For Deen Studies
Brampton Sunnatul Islamic Association
Olive Tree Foundation
The United Church of Canada
Windsor & District Labour Council
PSAC Ontario
Canada Employment and Immigration Union
IBEW Local 353
Beach United Church
OECTA Simcoe Muskoka Elementary
United Steelworkers
Noor Cultural Centre
Anglican Diocese of Toronto
Centre for Social Innovation
Lawrence Park Community Church
Shining Waters Regional Council of the United Church
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