Send a Letter to the Leaders of Alberta on Islamophobic Attacks

WHAT IS GOING ON IN ALBERTA?

  • May 30, 2021: A Muslim woman and her son were attacked both physically and verbally, while waiting for public transit in Calgary
  • May 26, 2021: A Muslim Calgarian man was met with Islamophobic and racial slurs for hanging a Palestinian flag on his car. Video showed the attacker stating, “I’ll knock your f****** terrorist a** out… I got a picture of Muhammed and Allah in my car, want me to give them to you?”
  • April 25, 2021: A man made obscene gestures towards a woman wearing a hijab, and then hit the car of the Muslim family, then got out of his vehicle, continuing to use racist language, and assaulted a friend of the family who was also on scene
  • March 21, 2021: Two young Muslim women were walking in Prince’s Island Park in Calgary, when one of the women who was wearing a hijab was targeted with racial slurs and physically assaulted
  • February 17, 2021: A man at the Century Park Transit Station aggressively approached a Black Muslim woman who was wearing a hijab and threatened to physically assault and kill her. She was just waiting for the bus
  • February 3 2021: A man pushed a woman wearing a burqa to the ground and made threats to kill her and tear off her burqa. She was just walking on the sidewalk on Whyte Avenue, a popular pedestrian street in Edmonton
  • February 2, 2021: A 19-year-old women wearing a hijab was approached by an unknown man at the University of Alberta transit centre who hurled racist remarks at her and became aggressive, until a transit employee intervened
  • December 15, 2020: A women repeatedly tried the strike the head of a young Black Muslim woman who was wearing a hijab while yelling racist obscenities at her. The Muslim women was just trying to catch a train at the LRT station in Edmonton
  • December 8th, 2020: 2 Black Muslim women who wear a hijab were assaulted at the Southgate mall parking lot by a man yelling racist and Islamophobic slurs. The women were just sitting in their car after visiting the mall. The man destroyed their car while viciously assaulting them

This must stop.

These attacks happened in the context of rising hate crimes against Albertan Muslims and the emboldening of white supremacists and neo-Nazi organization in the province.

As residents of Alberta, we care deeply about this province. We should be able to be who we are, worship as we choose, and wear what we want without fear or harassment.

Tensions and fear are high. We know that solving the challenge of racist street harassment is a challenge that you are all committed to – and we know that there is no single solution to this problem. We have seen the city of Edmonton pass a motion tackling street-harassment bylaw, as well as the city of Calgary pass a notice of a motion, however, the continuation of these attacks showcases the urgent and immediate need for more.

We need bipartisan provincial-municipal strategies. And we need them now.

That’s why we are calling for the immediate creation of a bipartisan provincial-municipal committee to deal with the challenge of racist and Islamophobic street harassment.

We ask you to join us in sending this letter to Albertan leaders calling for immediate action against Islamophobic attacks in Alberta.

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