March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racism

March 19, 2009, 10:27 AM EST


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As March 21 approaches, CAW membership and leadership are urged to renew the fight against racism in their work lives, within their communities and to educate their children on the issue.

With March 21 declared International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the General Assembly of the United Nations, CAW members are reminded they have a responsibility to fight racism and push for greater equality and justice for all.

"We can also push the issue and bring it to the top of the political agenda by challenging governments to create the economic, political and social conditions to eliminate racism from our society," said Vinay Sharma, CAW Human Rights Department director.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said the CAW over many years has made progress toward greater justice and equality for all. But in a new leaflet on the importance of March 21 he reminds members that much remains to be done.

"The keys to eliminating racism are education, courage and action," Lewenza states. "I encourage our members to learn about, better understand and to work hard to eradicate racism in our work lives and within the communities in which we live and raise our children," he said.

"Collectively we can and will combat racism, recognizing that solutions are well within our control."

To download Fight Racism-Take a Stand (the CAW's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination leaflet),visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/5646.htm

 

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