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As March 21st, the United Nations International day for the elimination of racial discrimination approaches, CUPE is offering new education courses on fighting racism as well as materials to help in the struggle.

March 21 is a day to remember the struggles and challenges that Aboriginal peoples and people of colour have endured, National President Paul Moist and National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Gnreux said in a letter to locals. It is also a time to recognize and applaud the fact that members of these two communities have made anti-racism struggles a significant part of labours agenda.

The union will be offering two new courses that deal with racism in unions. Solidarity and Racial Justice will help CUPE members work together effectively in diverse locals. Rising with the Ranks will support Aboriginal people and people of colour who are leaders or potential leaders in the union.

For more information, visit: http://cupe.ca/www/unioneducation/

CUPE has produced a poster and a pamphlet, both titled I Fight Racism, and a childrens colouring poster to help activists organize activities around March 21.

To order copies, visit http://cupe.ca/shop.php and follow the links to the Equality branch.