Education workers, teachers, parents and students reject anti-migrant statements by Ontario Minister Smith
Denouncing inadequate federal funding for services while not taking responsibility for his own government’s aggressive cuts – all while calling for more “order at the border” – is dog-whistle politics. It is the actions of the Ford government that are producing a crisis in our education system, not an increase in refugee children. We will not let politicians stir up anti-immigrant hatred to distract and divide us.
We call on Minister Smith to retract his statement and apologize immediately. We call for quality, public, universal education for all students, regardless of immigration status. Education workers, parents, and students will #UniteAgainstRacism.
Signed by: Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
Ontario School Board Council of Unions
Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Students Say No
Ontario Families for Public Education
Scarborough Families for Public Education
Toronto Centre Parents for Public Education
West End Parents for Public Education
Hispanic Mothers of Autistic and ADHD Children (HAACO)
Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network (LAEN)
For more information, please contact:
Syed Hussan, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, 415-453-3632, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Source: CUPE Ontario