Black Shirt Day for anti-racism
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We at the Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver believe a small action can make a difference.
In British Columbia, thousands of students wear pink shirts in support of anti-bullying. Orange Shirt Day has also been introduced across Canadian schools, where students wear orange shirts in solidarity with Indigenous victims of the residential school system.
ARC Vancouver is petitioning for Black Shirt Day to be introduced in BC, in recognition of the struggle for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians. We propose that Black Shirt Day be established on January 15th, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
We believe this will be an important step in raising greater awareness of the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights faced by Black and racialized Canadians, and help to foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.
We hereby petition the British Columbia Ministry of Education to designate Friday, January 15th, 2021, as Black Shirt Day in recognition of the struggle for civil rights of Black and racialized Canadians.
We surpassed our goal of collecting 10,000 petition signatures (!!!!), but the higher we can get our signature count, the more respect Black Shirt Day gains! Keep it up! If spreading the word of our petition on social media, please use #BlackShirtDay. Thank you for your support.
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