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(en) Canada, Toronto, ARA Call to Action Against Neo-Nazi Leaders in Toronto!

Date Fri, 18 Aug 2006 17:53:37 +0300

The Spirit of the Christie Pits Riots Lives On!
Back on August 16th, 1933, the west-end of Toronto burst into a frenzy of resistance.
The largest opposition seen to fascism in our city's history took place, with Jewish
and Italian baseball players and then the whole community coming together to fight
back local hate mongers. Adolf Hitler had assumed power just half a year earlier, and
already nazi supporters were building a base here to attack those they deemed
undesirable. But the residents of Toronto would have nothing of it and in Christie
Pits a full-scale riot erupted against the racism and hate embodied by fascism.
Anti-fascism was alive and kicking. And 73 years later, it's still going strong!
To commemorate the Christie Pits Riots, on August 19th, 2006, anti-racist
and anti-fascist activists from across Ontario will be rallying in Toronto
to show direct and uncompromising opposition to the activities of
notorious neo-nazi leaders operating in southern Ontario. This will be a
militant stand in solidarity with immigrant and refugee workers against
organized racism, and against the far-right agenda of violence against
people of colour and the queer community.

The Northern Alliance, pro-Zundel lobby, Aryan Nations, and Southern
Ontario Skinheads are just four groups which ARA Toronto has fought
against and defeated in the past two years. The membership of these white
power gangs has crawled back under the rocks from which they emerged.
Through youth coming together and militantly fighting back against hate
mongers, these white supremacists could no longer organize publicly
without the fear of being confronted. As a result, their operations ceased
to exist, and the areas they once tormented became safer for the people
living there.

But the central hub still exists for the far-right. Various groups in
southern Ontario, including the deceptively named Canadian Heritage
Alliance, Canadian Association for Free Expression, and a rekindling of
the Heritage Front and Nationalist Party are all vying for power under the
increasingly divisive conditions created by the Conservative federal
government. All are attempting to organize disenfranchised white youth
into violent storm troopers to carry out intimidation and violence against
the diversity and unity of communities in the GTA.

Join us to send a strong message to local neo-nazi scum that their
activities will not be tolerated in Toronto, as we take a direct stand
against a local neo-fascist leader!

DATE: Saturday, August 19th, 2006
TIME: Rally starts at 12:00 noon; departure for the action at 1:00PM sharp!
PLACE: Southeast corner of Christie Pits, Toronto, ON.

ARA Toronto: Righteously defending the streets from racist scum since 1992.

email: info@aratoronto.org phone: (416) 929-2296 web: aratoronto.org
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