March 13, 2017
Refugees Are Welcome Here!
Socialist Solidarity condemns the racist pickets of worshippers at two Toronto mosques by the anti-Muslim "Never Again Canada", as well as the meeting in defense of free speech for Islamophobes hosted by Ezra Levant's so-called "Rebel" fake-news site.
These calculated assaults on innocent people are particularly grievous in the shadow of the Grand Mosque murder of five worshippers in Québec City.
Federal Liberal motion M103, which affirms that Parliament condemn Islamophobia and all acts of religious discrimination, is to be welcomed as a formal expression of sympathy with Muslims - and against the racism of Kellie Leitch, Ezra Levant and the Conservative Party that tolerates them both.
But this motion neither provides Muslims, refugees or immigrants with more legal remedies, resources or opportunities to become part of society.
If our government feels no obligation to act affirmatively beyond providing temporary landing rights to travellers stranded by the US Muslim travel ban, then we must act to begin a cross-country newcomers' network and anti-racist actions.
Together we can make racists scared again – and refugees welcome!
Refugees are welcome here!
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