On November 25th 2016 The McMaster Womanists collaborated with Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - McMaster McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance - MISCA The President's Advisory Committee on Building Community Alliance (PACBIC), McMaster Muslims For Peace and Justice the NGen Youth Centre and more to initiate conversations in response to the Anti-Racism Directorate dialogues surfaced in Hamilton in order to provide a more accessible venue for community members and students who wish to discuss their experiences of racism, and xenophobia. This initiative worked to eliminate the bureaucracy and positional hardships that accompanies being vocal around issues of racism in Hamilton.
The findings of this initiative contributed to an executive summary (found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/shtdxxftgebpk0l/Anti-Racism%20Action%20Initiative.pdf?dl=0) outlined over thirty demands that came out of the following table topic discussions:
- Gentrification, housing inequality and discrimination
- Anti-Indigenous Racism
- Carding and Police Brutliaty
- Hate crimes
- Intersectionality of Disability
- Community Backlash
- Labour Discrimination
This community report back will go over the full report summary from the Anti Racism Action Initative (to be released on March 18th), as well as community updates of race related happenings in the city. The second half of the event will consist of break out discussions in collaboration with the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, around how to turn each of the demands from the report, into policy directives. We will then assign these directives to various community groups and activists who will be responsible for accomplishing these directives.
The event will be in the Hamilton Room of the Central Public Library
*Notice: This event is being hosted with the same groups who hosted the original Anti Racism Action Initative in November*