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EY residents and groups take a stand against racism and religious intolerance

East York residents parade to support local Muslims outside the Madinah Masjid mosque on Danforth Ave. on a bitterly cold night February 3. -GARY W-P

East York residents parade to support local Muslims outside the Madinah Masjid mosque on Danforth Ave. on a bitterly cold night February 3. -GARY W-P

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \

Despite bitterly cold temperatures the evening of February 3, a crowd estimated at well over 1,000 East York residents of all ages and colours paraded outside the area’s Madinah Masjid mosque on Danforth Ave. to show solidarity with Muslim neighbours in the wake of the horrific massacre at a Montreal mosque the previous weekend.

It was the second impromptu response by concerned east TO dwellers, who also assembled outside the Gerrard St. India Bazaar on Jan. 30 for a candlelight vigil and show of support for adherents of Islam.

Along with local councillors Paula Fletcher, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Mary Fragedakis and Janet Davis, MPs Julie Dabrusin and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith as well as MPPs Arthur Potts and Peter Tabuns all attended at least one of the events, which were also supported by various community groups.

In a related development, the new East Enders Against Racism group has announced that it is now selling multi-ligual lawn signs promoting inclusivity and tolerance that people can buy to make a statement.

Multilingual lawn signs being sold by East Enders Against Racism through its Facebook group and a social mixer planned for March 4.

Multilingual lawn signs being sold by East Enders Against Racism through its Facebook group and a social mixer planned for March 4.

The group had formed through Facebook in November largely in response to the appearance on area street corners earlier that month of “alt-right” posters with a provocatively racist message.

EEAR, as the group of nearly 1,500 people has become known, is also holding a 10 a.m.-noon “Meet and Greet” Sat. March 4 at East York Civic Centre, at which members or anyone can pick up signs and discuss ideas for activities the group could conduct.

The signs sell for just $10 and can be ordered online at:

https://www.tilt.com/tilts/copy-east-enders-against-racism-lawn-signs

 

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