“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
~ Desmond Tutu
1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
The Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU/CSC) believes that actions speak louder than words, and we support and encourage all our affiliates to speak out and engage in peaceful protests against social and racial injustice. The CCU believes Black Lives Matter.
Furthermore, we believe that remaining silent in light of these injustices is not only unacceptable, but also contributing to a society in which racism and unequal systems of power continue to go unchecked. We unequivocally believe that all individuals should be able to live without fear of discrimination and harassment regardless of their skin colour.
The Confederation of Canadian Unions believes that everyone has the responsibility to educate themselves on the systemic oppression as well as make strides towards equality and justice. Change must occur now and will require all Canadians working together and listening.
This week and beyond, listen to voices from the Black Lives Matter movement, and look for ways to support their fight for justice and inclusion. This is what we commit to doing.
Written by CCU Executive, June 2020
Photos by Miki Jourdan