CAW Recommits To Stop Violence Against Women Fight

December 5, 2009

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CAW Recommits To Stop Violence Against Women Fight
CAW Recommits To Stop Violence Against Women Fight
dated December 5, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
December 5, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
December 5, 2009

Julie White
CAW Director Women's Programs

       "On Dec 6, 1989 14 women were murdered because someone thought they stepped out of line. On that day, all their power and potential was taken from them. On December 6, 2009 we owe it to them not to waste ours. The 20th anniversary of the Montréal massacre must be more than just another number, another day to commemorate, another day to mourn. This Dec. 6th there must be a call to action."

Yvonne Quigley
CAW Local 1106

       "We have to continue to fight. I challenge everyone to go back to their local and to continue to lobby the government. We need social services put in place to enable these women to leave a violent situation."

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Those who say they are progressive politicians, who say they are on our side, need to hear from us that our side supports gun control. And we need to make sure that what we have achieved, which isn't nearly enough, is not undermined. Every single politician needs to be accountable and especially those who say they are our friends."

Denise Brown
CAW National Coordinator

       "Brothers and sisters we have to keep on Stephen Harper. Don't let him up for any kind of air. We have seen what he has done to our labour movement and he is on the attack for women's programs."

Tim Carrie
CAW Council President

       "In the province of Ontario, and I believe due to the extensive lobbying and activism on behalf of our union we managed to get women the right to refuse work when there is violence threatened to them in the workplace."

Todd Minerson
White Ribbon Campaign

       "I see a lot of hope today. I wish more people knew the extent of the involvement of the CAW on social justice and equity issues. Be hopeful, take action and never forget. Seven words. That's all I want to leave you with today."

Denise Hampden
Founder of the Handkerchief Project

       "The women in this room who decided thursday night that they were going to make the Handkerchief Project their own and set up the fantastic display that you see outside the grand concourse should be very very proud of the work they have done because they did not only step up on thursday, the brothers of that union did not only step up on thursday but they have stepped up in fact all year."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "When I see the women in our union today, and see the growth and see the confidence in their abilities to stand up and be counted and ask for the support of men it makes you wonder why Parliament is not a reflection of the parliament of the Canadian Auto Workers union. People are not up to the mike today talking about individualism. They are talking about the collective good of our nation. They are talking about the collective good, about stopping violence."

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