End Racist Violence in Commercial Construction and Building Development

End Racist Violence in Commercial Construction and Building Development

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Community Solidarity Against Racism in Construction started this petition to Mayor's Office, City of Toronto (Mayor of Toronto) and

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 Relations
Black Architects and Interior Designers Association
Chinese Canadian Nation Council (CCNC) - Toronto Chapter
Beachers for Black Lives
Olds Cool General Store
Not Another Black Life
Friends of Chinatown (FOCT)
Unity Mosque
Rima Berns McGown, MPP
Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor
Trustee Chris Moise, Ward 10, University - Rosedale and Toronto Centre
Coalition against White Supremacy and Islamophobia
Social Justice Committee of the Danforth Jewish Circle
Stantec
Toronto East Anti-Hate Mobilization
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Ontario
Artists Against Racism
Peter Taburns, MPP
Ontario Public Works Association
No Pride in Policing Coalition 

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