International Day for the Elimination of Racism: March 21st
March 6, 2012, 3:30 PM EST
As March 21st approaches CAW members are reminded of their responsibility to speak out and take a stand against racism in all its forms.
"Racism contradicts and undermines our union struggle for equality, inclusiveness and social justice," said CAW Human Rights Director Vinay Sharma. "Intolerance, hatred and discrimination lead to the denial of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, endangers peace and economic and social security."
"Racism is destructive to our members and to our solidarity, which are the pillars of our strength," Sharma states in a letter to all CAW local unions. "It is in our interest as a union to work towards removing barriers and to help build a just and equitable society."
Systemic racism is taking increasingly diversified forms including racial profiling, non-recognition of acquired skills, discriminatory hiring practices, exploitation of migrant workers, to name a few. People of colour are three times more likely to be poor than other Canadians because of inequalities in access to education, barriers to employment and low wages, he said. Likewise, aboriginal people face persistent health and income inequalities.
"Eliminating racism must continue to be a priority not only for the CAW but for the working class as a whole. No doubt there is still a lot of work to be done as racism still exists in our workplaces, Canadian society and right across the world. That's why we need to pay special attention to this issue every day leading up to March 21st and every day after," Sharma said.
The United Nations declared March 21st the International Day for the Elimination of Racism in 1966.
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