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March 20, 2006
Mayor David Miller proclaims March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  
Mayor David Miller has issued a proclamation recognizing March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Begun in 1966 by the United Nations General Assembly, the proclamation honours the lives of the anti-apartheid demonstrators who were killed by police on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa.

To recognize this day, several community organizations have provided displays in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall and two important forums are being held on Tuesday, March 21 to discuss breaking down the barriers to eliminating racism.

Using recreation as a vehicle for “Breaking Down Barriers” is the theme of the session at the Scarborough Civic Centre from 6 to 8 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, together with its Diverse Youth Advisory Council (DYAC).

Ryerson University is hosting a panel discussion from 5 to 9 p.m. on anti-oppression frameworks for addressing Black Youth violence. Participants include: Akua Benjamin (Chair of the Ryerson University School of Social Work), Trevor Gray (Black Queer Youth Initiative, Supporting Our Youth), Grace-Edward Galabuzi (Ryerson University) and Notisha Massaqoi (Women’s Health in Women’s Hands). The session will be held at Jorgenson Hall, POD 250, 380 Victoria St.

In 2003, Toronto City Council adopted a Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination. The goal of the City’s Plan of Action is to work towards “the empowerment of vulnerable communities to release their potential to participate in civil society through the elimination of racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, illiteracy, poverty, hunger and all barriers to the achievement of human rights.” For information about the City’s Plan of Action, visit http://www.toronto.ca/diversity/plan.htm.


Media contacts:

Rosa Jones
Parks Forestry and Recreation
416-338-5061

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
City Manager's Office
416-392-6824


 

 

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