Remove Soldiers of Odin from Blue Door Soup Kitchen
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Open Letter to the Blue Door Soup Kitchen
344 Elgin St, Sudbury ON P3E 3N9
Re. The presence of the Soldiers of Odin at the Soup Kitchen
The Soldiers of Odin are active in our community.
This anti-immigrant fascist group was founded three years ago by white-supremacists in Europe. While Canadian chapters of the SoO dishonestly claim that they have distanced themselves from the original Finnish group of the same name, members continue to hold racist values that single out immigrants from select countries and hold anti-Muslim demonstrations.
As part of a public relations and recruitment initiative targeting Sudbury's most oppressed, the SoO have been cynically volunteering at the Blue Door Soup Kitchen, a charity that operates in the City's core feeding those in need. The SoO’s presence has led to the intimidation and harassment of Soup Kitchen users, many of whom have no choice but to stay away and hungry on days when the SoO are volunteering.
While the Blue Door Soup Kitchen has recently asked the Soldiers of Odin to stop wearing their distinctive colours while volunteering (due to heavy public pressure), this compromise addresses appearances only and ignores the safety of others in the community including those who eat at the Soup Kitchen. SoO members are still active at the Kitchen, still building their anti-people movement, and still posing a threat to our community – whether they are in their regalia or not. The safety of our communities and safe access to the Soup Kitchen’s services is what’s important.
It is not enough to claim ignorance in times like these. We must all be vigilant so fascists are not tolerated in our spaces, the Soup Kitchen included. It is our duty to safeguard the diversity and unity of oppressed and working-class communities, and the very presence of the Soldiers of Odin is a threat to these values.
We ask that the Blue Door Soup Kitchen forbid the Soldiers of Odin from the Soup Kitchen premises. We also ask that the Blue Door Soup Kitchen and anybody who has been connected with the Soldiers of Odin publicly distance their organization from them.
We also urge others to call the Soup Kitchen at 705-675-5300 to express your support for the above requests and voice your concerns about the SoO and their continued presence at the Blue Door Soup Kitchen.
The SoO are a vile cancer in our society, but they have recognized there are hungry people who need to be fed. Fortunately, we do not need a racist gang to do that! Sudbury Against Fascism will be volunteering at the Blue Door Soup Kitchen, and we call on others to volunteer with us as well.
Racism and bigotry have no place in our communities. Thank you for standing against racism and oppression by clearly stating that the Soldiers of Odin have no place at the Soup Kitchen.
Sudbury Against Fascism.
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