Queen's Coalition against Racist and Ethnic Discrimination


Newsletter – June 2009
July 27, 2009, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Newsletter

Hi There,

Here are a few messages from the QCRED Board that we thought might interest you. Note that we aim to send out a bi-weekly email newsletter on Thursday. This week’s newsletter is being sent out a bit late due to some technical difficulties. If you have an announcement or even you would like to post please email it to coordinator@qcred.org.

1. QCRED Website
2. Adil Charkaoui Talk
3. Kingston Area Race Relations Association
4. Blockade of Mohawk community of Akwesasne

1. QCRED Website
Please be patient with the QCRED website at qcred.org as we undertake some technical changes. The site will be back up and fully functional shortly.

2. Adil Charkaoui Talk
Adil Charkaoui will be speaking in Kingston Tuesday June 16, 7pm in Dunning Hall Room 12, Queen’s Campus.

In February 2009, the Federal Court finally lifted most of the interim conditions imposed on Adil Charkaoui. Adil was arrested under a so-called security certificate in 2003; he spent almost two years in jail before being released under draconian conditions pending the outcome of the process against him. Now, for the first time in six years, Adil is able to travel freely outside Montreal. In June, he will be taking advantage of this restored freedom to travel to other parts of Canada to speak about his continuing struggle to clear his name and achieve justice in Canada.

While the decision in February was a very welcome step in the right direction, Adil’s struggle is not over. He is still forced to wear a GPS-tracking bracelet; he continues to live under the label of “suspected terrorist” (a label which has already cost him his job and much more); and he is still threatened with deportation to torture.

Adil Charkaoui is one of five men in Canada who are undergoing the Kafka-esque security certificate process. All are still subject to the agonizingly irrational “security” certificate process, deeply invasive and suffocating bail conditions, and live under threat of deportation and torture.

3. Kingston Area Race Relations Association
KARRA will be having their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 18 from 7pm to 9pm at the Ongwanada Resource Centre – Auditorium. Registration will start at 6.30pm.The resource center is located at 191 Portsmouth Avenue.

The Kingston Area Race Relations Association is pleased to present a talk by Alia Hogben, a social worker who worked for the Ontario government supervising service provision for children’s services, services for adults with developmental handicaps and for violence against women. Her topic will be “Pluralism and Religious Accomodation”.

Alia Hogben taught at a community college. Currently she writes a regular column in the Kingston Whig Standard. She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, an organization of believing women founded in 1982. CCMW is committed to the equality and empowerment of Muslim women, and believes that Canadian Muslim women must develop their identity, while being a part of and making a positive contribution to Canadian society. She has travelled extensively to represent Canada and Canadian Muslim women internationally.

4. Blockage of Mohawk community of Akwesasne
The Mohawk community of Akwesasne is currently blockaded by both American and Ontario Police fores on either sides of the border, due to their defiance of the order to have the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) be allowed to carry lethal weapons on the border that strattles their community. This territory is both in New York and Ontario, and traffic (in particular residents of the reserve) have been prevented from entering this community.

The residents of this community are asking people to attend immediately, if possible, to witness, record, or otherwise exhibit solidarity with the Mohawk community as they resist this particular attempt to reduce their rights and self-determination.

For those who can, please make your way to this border community– near Cornwall, Ontario.

For more information, please contact Sandra Cuffe (to get interviews, updates, etc from community members) at:
514 583 6432, or Sandra C

In solidarity,
QCRED Board

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