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MEDIA ADVISORY

TORONTO A coalition of over 50 organizations from racialized communities, social justice groups and Labour organizations will be taking their demands for Mayor Lastmans resignation to Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) on the first day that Toronto City Council is back in session. The organizations are also demanding that City Councils in the GTA take the necessary action to deal with a growing trend of elected officials making racist remarks. They also want Councils to address the issue of economic apartheid.

The groups have been angered and hurt by comments made by Toronto Mayor Lastman before his recent trip to Africa and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallions recent attacks on South Asians, immigrants and refugees.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 24, 2001

TIME:
5:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West

Sponsoring organizations include: Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, African Canadian Social Development Council, African Canadian Legal Clinic, African Training and Education Centre, AFRIDA, Centre for Social Justice, Congress of Black Women, Dejinta Beesha, Jamaican Canadian Association, Black Action Defence Committee, Centre for Anti-Racism Action, Latin American Coalition Against Racism, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Pan Afrikan Congress, Congolese Association of Toronto, Ontario Parents of Black Children, Midaynta, Tropicana Community Services, Toronto Womens Network, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Women Working With immigrant Women, Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario, Uganda Canadian Community Centre of Toronto, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Community Social Planning Council, Sudanese Association of Ontario, Pan African Committee Against Racism, Skills for Change, Bread Not Circuses, OCAP, Anti-Racism Action, Canadian Federation of Students, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Ontario Public Service Employee Union Region 5, Pan African Committee Against Racism, Canadian Labour Congress (Ontario Region), Canadian Arab Federation (Toronto Chapter), Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto), Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Ontario Coalition for Social justice, CAW Toronto Workers of Colour Caucus, Immigrant Womens Health Centre, CAW 707 Human Rights Committee, CAW Flying Squad, Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario), Culturelink, Metro Network for Social Justice; Equatorial Guinea Community Association, Nigerian Canadian Association, Black Inmates & Friendship Assembly; African Liberation Day Coalition

For further information, please contact:
Marie Clarke Walker, CUPE Diversity Vice-President
(416) 409-8565

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