CUPE members across the country are finding ways to reach out and express their solidarity with Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities that have been subject to harassment and intimidation in the aftermath of last weeks tragic events.
In letters to the Canadian-Muslim Civil Liberties Association and the World Sikh Organization, National President Judy Darcy said, The reports of threats and attacks fill us with shame and sorrow. But equally important, they strengthen our resolve to fight racism and intolerance within our country.
Noting that there are many sisters and brothers within CUPE who are Muslim, Arabic or Sikh some who have lived in Canada for generations; others new Canadians she acknowledged the important contribution they make to the communities where we live.
Within the labour movement, we hold as a basic tenet that an injury to one is an injury to all, she said. For that reason, we denounce violence and intimidation and we call on all Canadians to join together in the quest for peace and justice.