Black Shirt Day for anti-racism

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Black Shirt Day a success! THANK YOU!

We’re humbled, overwhelmed and beyond amazed at the success of #BlackShirtDay. Thank you to everyone who took part, all over the world, especially educators who encouraged their students to wear black shirts and used class time to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights faced by Black and racialized Canadians, to help foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.

We surpassed our goal of collecting 10,000 petition signatures to have the BC Government officially designate January 15th as Black Shirt Day, and are very encouraged by the joint statement released yesterday by Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, and Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education:

“By learning to identify the language of racism and oppression, we can better respond to discrimination in our communities.

“With this in mind, we will be launching an anti-racism awareness campaign as part of a recent $1.9-million investment to make B.C. safer and more inclusive for everyone. Part of this funding will also support other initiatives to address individual and systemic racism.

“We’ve also expanded the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network and increased support for community projects focused on addressing anti-Indigenous, anti-Black and anti-Asian racism. Alongside these initiatives, we will be introducing B.C.’s first anti-racism act and disaggregated, race-based data collection.”

Our talks and planning with the BC Government will begin shortly.

The Anti-Racism Coalition is very proud of the inaugural Black Shirt Day, so again, thank you thank you thank you to everyone who took part in our grassroots initiative!

ARC Vancouver
2 months ago