Two weeks ago, I traveled to Ottawa for a wedding and got detained by Air Canada, both ways, simply for being a Muslim. For this reason, I even missed my flight home and missed the morning feed for my nursing baby. I’m angry. It’s not the first time it’s happened and I doubt seriously that it will be the last. I’m thinking about what to do. I’ve had enough of Air Canada’s heinous, racist policies and this time I’m mad enough that I will do something.
We all have to do something, and the Peel Police are giving us an opportunity to express ourselves and implement change in a positive way. They are hosting a race to protest racism in our own province and cities. It looks like a great event. Here are the details, posted in a letter to the community:
The Peel Regional Police Diversity Relations Unit and Citizenship and Immigration Canada are proud to be hosting our ninth annual “Race Against Racism“, on Saturday September 12, 2009. This event is a 5 km race/walk which will start and end at Mississauga Valley Community Centre, (Park Areas A to E), located in the core of Mississauga. The race/walk will start at 10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 8:45 a.m.) There will also be an awards presentation for participants, FREE diverse cultural foods, multi-cultural entertainment and a draw for FREE door prizes.
The Race Against Racism was created to provide a positive environment for members of diverse cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds to gather for a day which promotes a healthy body and a climate that strongly encourages the positive values of inclusiveness. This event provides an opportunity for the competitive runner to strengthen their skills, as well as providing for people of all ages to enjoy a leisurely, healthy walk in a family oriented setting. In support of the family friendly environment, this year we are introducing the “Stroller Roll”: a special opportunity for runners and walkers with strollers to participate in the Race Against Racism.
We invite you to gather your friends, family, colleagues and community members, and participate with us on Saturday, September 12th, 2009 for the Race Against Racism (Pre-registration is required, full details available at www.peelpolice.ca ). The first 500 participants to register will receive a T-Shirt, and a Race Kit. Register early for your chance to win a prize, donated by Sunquest (valued at $500).
We look forward to hosting this run/walk to showcase Peel’s wonderful diversity and to encourage more positive relations amongst our diverse citizens and with Peel Regional Police. Please feel free to contact us at 905-453-2121, extension 3612 or 3639 for further details or to make arrangements for your involvement. We look forward to seeing you at the Start Line!