If you were part of the protest and you made no move to counter the disgusting behaviour, if you knew this was happening and you stayed because you were having so much fun, as one protester put it, then you were part of the problem.
"Today, we remember the atrocities of the Holocaust where over 6 million Jews were murdered, and the countless other victims who suffered at the hands of the Nazis. That pain and loss continues to be felt by communities around the world and we grieve in solidarity." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
“We all have a responsibility to tell politicians to take a tougher stance on Islamophobia both in legislation and policy, and by providing funds and resources to combat Islamophobia. It shouldn’t take another attack to force our political leaders to act.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“NUPGE condemns the violent and abhorrent Islamophobic attack. Targeting innocent people based on their faith is repulsive and must stop. The federal government needs to step up to the plate and designate more funding for anti-Islamophobia initiatives. They have a duty to protect people of all faiths living in Canada.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Quebec is denying qualified workers jobs in essential industries that are currently facing shortages. Bill 21 unfairly persecutes Muslim women who wear the hijab, and those who wear a kippah or turban.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"I implore the Canadian government to continue monitoring the situation in Myanmar, specifically as it affects the Rohingya. I also reiterate NUPGE’s previous calls on the Canadian government to support the Rohingya’s ongoing needs and movements on the ground, and to support Rohingya-led grassroots struggles for peace." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Though nothing will ever make up for the loss of Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti and Khaled Belkacemi, the designation ensures that they, and the survivors of the attack, are properly honoured.
"Canadian governments, employers, and unions all have a role to play in eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work, and to ensure the proper supports are in place for those who are affected. In fact, I believe we have a shared responsibility to do so." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
Every year, in honour of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recognizes a union member for their disability rights activism. The 2020 recipient is BCGEU/NUPGE member Darryl Flasch.
"At the rally, there were several reports of attendees verbally harassing and trying to intimidate the officers who were there to enforce public health orders. This is completely unacceptable. If you disagree with the rules put in place, there are other ways to show your views, but you cannot harass and endanger those who are doing their jobs by enforcing the rules." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The National Union is encouraging its members and Canadians to complete the survey by April 21, 2021 and to encourage others to participate.
Alvarez was an educator and a rights defender. She was a member of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT) and a prominent activist with the Negros Island Health Integrated Program and Karapatan, a human rights coalition.
NUPGE hopes that its contribution to the Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal will aid in the urgent response to this tragedy in Beirut, as well as contribute to the long-term recovery.
The report provides a deep dive into the survey responses, and explores how Canada’s ongoing history of settler colonialism and policies of racial discrimination connect to the realities of the workplace.
“Canada must honour its commitments to human rights for all and take immediate steps to intervene in this situation.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
It’s not good enough to just be not racist; to be an ally—you must be actively anti-racist.
The election of 3 labour leaders who were still in prison was a clear statement by voters that it was anti-labour laws that were wrong, not the strikers.
Let us offer solidarity to our neighbours in the U.S. Let us mourn the deaths, and let us vow to redouble our efforts to keep this poison of racism from growing in Canada.
“It’s wonderful to see celebrations taking place virtually,” said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. “We need events like IDAHOTB to bring a little joy to our lives in these difficult times. It's a great way to bring communities together.”
“Bullying and hatred don’t stop because of a pandemic. This means we need to keep working as allies and standing with our LGBTQI2S friends, family, and community members. We might not be physically together, but you are never alone.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President