The recent hate crimes targeting Muslims are unacceptable. We must recognize these acts as the hate crimes they are. We are unfortunately at a place where there are some in the world working to divide us, to make us fear each other. It is for this reason that it is more important than ever that we remain united.
On Friday I signed a Statement of Unity signed by the Mayor, all Toronto City Councillors, all Toronto District School Board Trustees and all Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustees. This is the first time we have all stood united.
I'd like you to join us and add your name, then share this commitment to remain united against Islamphobia, xenophobia, racism, and hate.
Sign on here: http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/statement-of-unity.
The Statement of Unity: In light of recent hate crimes targeting Muslims, especially Muslim women, and threatening to create a rift in our communities, we stand united and state the following:
No one should be made to feel afraid because of who they are and what they believe. No one should be afraid to practice their faith, commute home, or pick up their children from school. People should never be persecuted. Islamophobic, xenophobic, and racist actions are unacceptable and we must name them as hate crimes in order to stop them and prevent them from spreading and taking hold. We must stand up and speak out against hate in our homes, our work places, our communities and amongst our friends.
Some in the world would like us to be afraid. They want to divide us. Make us fear each other. We will not let this happen. We will remain strong through unity and a shared hope for peace. We commit to love in the face of hate and hope in the face of fear. We stand together, united across our differences so that we remain strong and hold on to the fundamental rights and values that make our freedom possible.
I hope you will join me in speaking out against hate by signing this statement. We must stand up and speak out against hate in our homes, our work places, our communities and amongst our friends. This is just one small act of course, but at a time when the goal of some is to divide us it is statements such as this that can prove our strength.