The General assembly of the United Nations declared March 21st "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination" in 1966. In Canada, governments took a further 22 years to agree to commemorate March 21st as an International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
Every year March 21st serves as a reminder to all of us of the drastic consequences of racism. We must reflect on the fact that racism is still part of our workplaces, our union, society and the world. Each of us has an important role and a responsibility to build a society free from racism. We must challenge both old and new forms of systemic racial discrimination. We owe it to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives to eliminate the plague of racism. We must not rest until we pay this debt.
As trade unionists and Canadians we must lead by example, both at home and internationally, through our words and our deeds to eliminate this threat to our solidarity.
For information on March 21 events around the country, contact CAW Human Rights Director Vinay Sharma at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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