CBTU Canada Statement on the Christchurch Mass Shootings

It is with broken hearts and extreme dismay that once again the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canadian Chapter stands with those affected by the recent mass shootings of Muslim women, children and men in Christchurch, New Zealand. These victims were targeted by white supremacist terrorists as they prayed in their mosques. Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the families and to those affected by this most recent terrorist action. Far too often, Canadian Society has been forced to shed collective tears resulting from the manifestation of this form of hate throughout the world. The Islamic Center in Quebec City, Quebec, Mother Emanuel AME Church in in Charleston, South Carolina and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are a few examples of some of history's darkest hours.

It is our view that in the midst of those dark hours, some of our greatest duties come to light. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada believes that we all have a duty to stand against the rise of hate in all of its manifestations. Whether hate reveals itself blatantly and violently as in the examples above or discreet and targeted as is the case with carding and workplace racial discrimination, we believe that our collective responsibility remains the same. Today those who embrace hate have placed their attention on who they portray as "the others". While stoking the flames of islamophobia they target those who are racialized, Muslims and/or immigrants. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists believes that if the seeds of hatred in society are permitted to grow, so will an unsatisfiable appetite for new outlets to target with that hate.

We further believe that as a society everyone has a duty to condemn the rise of hate at all levels and in all of its forms. As such CBTU's Canadian Chapter embraces the philosophy that through the collective condemnation of extreme hate and terrorism, we can make racism wrong again. That is why The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada continues to stand with those who stand against discrimination and extreme hate in all of its forms.

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Dear CBTU Family and CBTU friends,

Enclosed are the details for the next Shared Closet event in support of the African Refugees in Canada.

The event will take place at the OPSEU Union Hall, located at 31 Wellesley Ave, Toronto, on the dates and times shown on the bulletin. Please join CBTU as we come together to assist those within our community who need our support the most. We are asking CBTU members, their families, and supporters for donations of time, finances, gently used clothing, toiletries, and more.

Please join CBTU and our alli Shared Closet as we actively work to improve living and working conditions within the Black community. 

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The McClean family and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in funding the CBTU Scholarship Fund. In memory of Sylvia McClean, a true god sent to everyone she met.

CBTU Membership Newsletter - 2024

 

 

 

 

January 18th, 2024 

 

Greetings CBTU Members: 

 

The Executive Board would like to Thank Janice Gairey for her endless work on the CBTU Canada Executive Board as President, Board member, and retired worker, and she was instrumental in advocating for Global African Workers. Janice is a phenomenal Leader who still does so much meaningful work in communities, labour bodies, and of course here at CBTU. Janice has decided to step away from the Executive Board to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. JaniceYour CBTU Family loves and adores you. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

 

Taking a page out of Janice's Book with doing the important Community work, "being one among many" The Executive Board sees all that you are doing in your communities across Canada. Thank You. There is so much happening quickly and it's important that we can get information to you. Please ensure you are signed up to the current WhatsApp chat.

 

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