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Silent March in Solidarity with Quebec Muslim Community

Saturday, February 4th starting at 11:30 a.m.

Posted: Wednesday 1st February 2017 18:29

Concerned PEI residents join with the Muslim Society of Prince Edward Island to organize a silent march for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM, the march beginning at the bottom of Queen St. beside the 2017 sign. All are welcome.


Concerned PEI residents join with the Muslim Society of Prince Edward Island to organize a silent march for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM, the march beginning at the bottom of Queen St. beside the 2017 sign.  All are welcome.

 

The march is in solidarity with the Quebec City Muslim community brutally attacked on Sunday, January 29 where six people were killed and 19 people wounded. This is also a moment for Islanders, Muslim and non-Muslim, to stand together with other groups across Canada to tell the members of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec that they have country-wide condolence and support. The PEI event is also a part of the February 4 nation-wide Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy.

 

The organizers look at the horrific events in Quebec City in the light of  President Trump’s new executive orders which, while closing the door to all refugees, aim to ban Muslims from entering the United States. There is a need for Canada to step up and rescind many of its immigration policies. Some of our legislation creates hardship for refugee claimants. Now with the actions of the new US President, Canada’s policies create extremely dangerous situations for refugees. For example the Safe Third Country Agreement bars many refugees from entering Canada from the US over land to claim asylum in Canada. Many Canadians are unaware that the  anti-terrorism legislation as found in Bill C-51 creates an the anti-Muslim environment.

 

The solidarity march will feature prayer, a few short speeches, and meditative silence. It will be characterized by mourning and by hope. “We mourn the wrongs inflicted on Muslims and on other people targeted because of their race, religion or ethnic origins. We  hold out a challenge to all of us to admit that racism is at play in our own society, and we believe that we can build solidarity and define PEI as a place of Sanctuary.” says Josie Baker a march organizer.

 

The march will honour the Muslim vision: “We have created you from a single soul, male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might know one another”.