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Toronto Anti-racism activists meeting in Toronto tomorrow at a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Equity Forum are calling on Mayor Mel Lastman to resign.

Recent blatantly racist comments by the Mayor clearly indicate he should not be at helm of Canadas most multi-cultural city, says Sid Ryan the Ontario president of CUPE. Ryan will be addressing activists attending the CUPE Ontario Equity Forum being held on Saturday, June 23rd at the Colony Hotel (Terrace Room) beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The anti-racism activists at tomorrows forum are strategizing and developing policy they will be putting forth at a United Nations sanctioned world conference on racism in Durban, South Africa this summer.

Today CUPE members are part of a community coalition group that took part in a media conference denouncing the Mayors comments and calling on him to resign.

Ryan says he will put forth a resolution at the CUPE Equity Forum on Saturday urging Mayor Lastman to do the ethical thing and resign.

Four CUPE members will attend the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) being held between August 31 to September 7, 2001.

CUPE represents more than 20,000 members who are directly employed by the City of Toronto.

Many of our members are outraged that the Mayor would make such an intolerant racist comment when the eyes of the world are focused on Toronto, says Ryan.


For more information contact:
Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario president
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774

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