Statement of Solidarity with the Muslim Community and Calls to Action

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network

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We grieve with the Afzaal family and the Muslim community in the wake of Sunday’s hate-motivated terrorist attack in London, Ontario, which claimed the lives of four family members and left a young boy orphaned. 

Muslims, and all racialized communities, deserve to feel safe. 

Not enough has changed since the Quebec City or Christchurch terrorist attacks on the Muslim community. It is time to grieve, yes. But it’s also a time for action. We echo the outrage of several prominent members of the Muslim community and their calls for immediate and meaningful advocacy. Let’s demand action from the powers that be to prevent future attacks on the Muslim community, and other communities victimized by hate.

We want you to email and call your Member of Parliament, which you can find here

Tell them: 

  1. In the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand created a royal commission that examined the media and content the terrorist consumed. We must do the same here. This didn't happen in a vacuum. We need to name the people and organizations who poured poison into the London terrorist’s ear.

  2. The government has been sitting on legislation against online harms, including online hate. While we don't know the exact circumstances that led to this terrorist attack yet, we can say definitively that addressing online hate will make attacks like these less likely. We want that legislation introduced immediately.

  3. Support the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), and others in their call for a National Action Summit on Islamophobia.

We will echo and promote any further calls to action from the Muslim community, and invite you to do the same. We continue to support many journalists and outlets investigating the accused.

Finally, we encourage you to give what you can to the family-led fundraising campaigns for the surviving child, here and here.

In peace,

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network


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