Community Solidarity Against Racism in Construction

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    Petitioning Mayor's Office, City of Toronto, Government of Ontario, Crosslinx , Ellis Don, Daniels Corporation, Govan Brown

    End Racist Violence in Commercial Construction and Building Development

    In the past few months, nooses were hung at multiple construction workplaces in Toronto to intimidate Black workers. Here's what we know, so far: Not one arrest has been made or hate crime charge laid in any of the 5 incidents. Further, Black, Indigenous, racialized, female, and LGBTQ workers in construction are regularly harassed, assaulted and, in fact, most who begin in this industry leave shortly after, because of the violence they experience.  Hatred and white supremacist violence has festered in these workplaces with impunity.  The Ministry of Labour has the legislative oversight responsibility over this sector and yet there has been no accountability required of this large powerful and connected workplace lobby.  The construction companies whose sites upon which the nooses were found – Crosslinx, Ellis Don Ltd., Daniels Corp. and Govan Brown – specifically need to be held accountable for perpetuating unsafe workplaces. The Ministry of the Attorney General has to start laying hate crimes charges for these heinous crimes linked to the hate of Black People.  The City of Toronto needs to assess why its police force chose not to lay charges in the terrorization of Black workers. The whole industry related to commercial construction needs to step up.  It is time to take action: We demand the Province and City act forcefully in bringing this industry into compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Safety and Harassment legislation and common decency.  Toronto citizens deserve safe workplaces free from terror. PLEASE help us get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. For more details, and the full letter to the Ontario government, see @csarc_to on Instagram or Twitter. Thank you to everyone who is helping ensure the construction industry is a safe place to work for everyone.If your organization would like to sign onto these demands, please email CSARCtoronto@gmail.com In Solidarity,Community Solidarity Against Racism in Construction (CSARC) Signatories:Urban Alliance on Race RelationsBlack Architects and Interior Designers AssociationChinese Canadian Nation Council (CCNC) - Toronto ChapterBeachers for Black LivesOlds Cool General StoreNot Another Black LifeFriends of Chinatown (FOCT)Unity MosqueRima Berns McGown, MPPKristyn Wong-Tam, City CouncillorTrustee Chris Moise, Ward 10, University - Rosedale and Toronto CentreCoalition against White Supremacy and IslamophobiaSocial Justice Committee of the Danforth Jewish CircleStantecToronto East Anti-Hate MobilizationAssociation of Consulting Engineering Companies - OntarioArtists Against RacismPeter Taburns, MPPOntario Public Works AssociationNo Pride in Policing Coalition 

    Community Solidarity Against Racism in Construction
    6,603 supporters