The School of Nursing (SON) at York University takes very seriously all issues related to systemic racism and other forms of discrimination. We understand that systemic racism is expressed in multiple ways and at various levels. It is our belief that racism is a public health crisis requiring urgent collaborative political action, tangible investment, and system-wide change.
The SoN is committed to instituting a philosophy and curriculum centered around York University’s goal of promoting “a culture of respect, equity, diversity and inclusivity, where we value each other’s differences and exercise our strengths.”
Aligned with the positions on racism of the Canadian Nurses Association (2020) and Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (2020), faculty and staff have also committed to critical reflection on the history and legacy of racism in and through nursing.
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, we further initiated a series of internal discussions and an educational Town Hall with the aim of arriving at a clear understanding of the work required to address systemic racism and discrimination in our own institution, and commit to a collective stance to take action.
As a School, we recognize that “words are not enough.” We must ensure the burden is not on people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Racialized, LGBTQ2+, with or without a religion, dis-abled and/or neuro-diverse, and those who are undocumented to report and be responsible for managing discrimination.
We also recognize that people can have more than one identity across place and time. Addressing racism and discrimination is a shared responsibility that necessitates opening channels of communication and implementing strategies that encourage the expression of different worldviews, deep listening, lifelong learning, advocacy, activism, strengths-based approaches, and relational care.
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Two NDP candidates have resigned after their Anti-Semitic comments on social media caused an intense backlash.
The party confirms that the two candidates – Dan Osborne from Nova Scotia and Sidney Coles from Toronto – have stepped down.
Federal party leader Jagmeet Singh addressed the resignations during a campaign stop in southwestern Ontario.
“I want to be very clear: their comments were completely wrong and have no place in our party,” Singh said in Essex, Ont., on Wednesday.
“Those messages were completely unacceptable, and the right decision was made.”
Osborne was reported to have Tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place, referring to the Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War.
“I want to offer an apology,” Osborne said in a subsequent tweet Sunday.
“The role of Auschwitz and the history of the holocaust is one we should never forget. Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped. I can’t recall posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I did not mean to cause any harm.”
Coles was reported to have posted misinformation about Israel being linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines. Both Coles and Osborne’s Twitter accounts have since been deleted.
“Those comments were wrong, and I’m encouraged to see a clear apology and a complete withdrawal of those comments,” Singh continued.
“In addition, they’re talking about the importance of getting training. Antisemitism is real. We’re seeing a scary rise in antisemitism, and we are unequivocally opposed, and we’ll confront it.”
Yesterday, Singh had said it was enough that the two apologized for their past Anti-Semitic remarks.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) issued a statement on the matter, saying “FSWC exposed and denounced Coles’ tweets in which she repeatedly accused Israel of misappropriating U.S. supplies of the coronavirus vaccine.”
Source: City News
If it is wrong to judge someone by the color of their skin, it should also be unacceptable to discriminate against them for the texture or style of their natural hair. Makes sense, right?
Unfortunately, Black people have had to deal with codes and rules that prevent them from wearing natural, protective hairstyles at school and in the workplace. According to the CROWN Act, Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair.
Black women are also 80% more likely than white women to agree with the following statement: “I have to change my hair from its natural state to fit in at the office.”
Most of the policing of Black hair has centered around protective hairstyles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots. Protective styles are worn to grow healthier, longer hair, and to reduce split ends, knotting, and damage.
It’s unimaginable that people have had to face scrutiny for protecting their hair.
Earlier this year, Ida Nelson’s four-year-old son, Gus Hawkins IV (affectionately known as Jett), asked if he could put his hair in braids and she was happy to do it for him. “(Jett) was so excited, he wanted to go to school and show the teacher because that’s what 4-year-olds want to do — show his friends and his teachers his cool hair,” Nelson told Today.
But when he went to school with his hair in braids she was told it was a dress code violation. Jett attends Providence St. Mel School, an independent school in the West Side neighborhood of Chicago that has a predominantly Black student body.
“I said, ‘We still have policies related to Black hair in 2021, as an all-Black school? I’m really shocked about that,'” she told Today of the conversation with the school. “We have progressed, we have so much more information. … I thought surely this school would understand the trauma associated with policing Black hair and absolutely not have a policy like that.”
Pope Francis called for an end to antisemitism Sunday during an unusually short trip to Hungary, where he warned that prejudice against Jews was a “fuse that must not be allowed to burn.”
“I think of the threat of antisemitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere,” the pope said at an ecumenical meeting of Christian and Jewish leaders in the capital, Budapest.
“This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn. And the best way to defuse it is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity,” he said.
Francis, on his first international outing since he had intestinal surgery in July, spent seven hours in Budapest, where he presided over a lengthy Mass for a crowd that organizers said reached 100,000 people, before he moved on to a four-day tour of neighboring Slovakia.
He met briefly with Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, whose hard-line policies on refugees clash with Francis’. The pope has previously said migrants and refugees seeking better lives in Europe should be welcomed. He has also criticized what he has called “national populism” advanced by governments like Hungary’s.
Orbán, who has been in power since 2010, upset Hungary’s Jewish community in 2017 when he used an image of the U.S. financier George Soros, who is Jewish, in an anti-immigration campaign. At the time, he rejected calls from the Jewish community to take the posters down.
Under Orbán’s leadership, Hungary approved a law to force a university founded by Soros out of the country, despite widespread condemnation at home and abroad. Orbán had claimed that Central European University violated regulations in awarding diplomas, an allegation the school rejected.
Orbán was also widely criticized for his comments at rally in March 2018, when he told supporters: “We are fighting an enemy that is different from us. … Not open, but hiding; not straightforward, but crafty; not honest, but base; not national, but international; does not believe in working, but speculates with money; does not have its own homeland, but feels it owns the whole world.”
The number of bias-related incidents — crimes or confrontations motivated by hate — grew dramatically in Sacramento during the first half of 2021, the latest police data show.
Sacramento Police responded to 72 reports of bias-related incidents during the first six months of 2021, compared to 29 during the first six months of 2020 and 13 during the first six months of 2019.
The 2021 incidents included:
▪ A drive-by shooting targeting an Asian-owned business on El Camino Avenue.
▪ A suspect tearing down and burning a pride flag outside a Midtown church.
▪ A swastika scratched into the paint of a car near Natomas.
▪ Anti-Asian slurs scratched into the paint of a different car parked downtown.
▪ The tires of several vehicles slashed at homes with “Black Lives Matter” signs along T Street in the Med Center and Elmhurst neighborhoods.
Sacramento Police Officer Ryan Woo said the department has not identified a reason for the increase in reports of bias-related incidents. He noted that not all of the incidents would rise to the level of a hate crime and that some may lack sufficient evidence for a criminal complaint.
Woo said Sacramento Police have recently worked with community organizations and businesses to create a “Safe Space” program that encourages victims to report bias-related incidents.
It’s not clear from the police data whether the rise in reports reflects an actual increase of incidents or an increase in the willingness of victims to make a report.
Fifty of the 72 reported incidents were allegedly motivated by racial hatred, police data show. Thirteen were motivated by hatred based on sexual orientation. Five were based on hatred of a particular religion. The remaining four were motivated by more than one bias.
Bias-related incidents during the first six months of 2021 were most concentrated in downtown Sacramento. But just about every part of the city had at least a few incidents.
Six senators sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urging the agency to probe Amazon’s treatment of pregnant warehouse employees.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Casey, Jr., D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Friday requested the EEOC investigate Amazon’s “systemic failure to provide adequate accommodations” for pregnant warehouse workers.
The lawmakers claim Amazon fails to adequately modify job duties for pregnant employees who are subject to physically strenuous work that could threaten their health and safety. They also claim Amazon doesn’t allow pregnant workers to take time off without punishment for pregnancy-related medical needs.
Both actions could be in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lawmakers say.
The letter cites various news reports and a previous EEOC complaint filed by an Oklahoma Amazon employee in 2020 as examples of a “concerning pattern of mistreatment of pregnant employees at Amazon fulfillment centers.”
In the 2020 EEOC complaint, the Amazon worker claimed the company denied her requests for a job transfer, penalized her for pregnancy-related absences, and “engaged in unauthorized contact with her doctor in an attempt to change her work restrictions,” according to the letter.
Representatives from Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. An EEOC spokesperson said the agency is reviewing the letter.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in April addressed workplace safety concerns in his final letter to shareholders, pledging to make the company “Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work.”
The company has also previously said it’s investing billions of dollars in new safety measures and technologies, including adding more than 6,200 employees to its workplace health and safety team.
Ottawa Liberal candidate Marie-France Lalonde says some of her election lawn signs were vandalized with swastikas over the long weekend.
In a statement Sunday, the incumbent MP for Orléans condemned the vandalism.
“The swastika is a disturbing, violent, and anti-Semitic symbol,” Lalonde said. “This kind of hateful vandalism is not acceptable, it’s not part of democracy, and it’s not the Orléans I know.”
Lalonde also said she filed a police report.
Other candidates have reported election sign damage in the region, including Liberals Jenna Sudds in Kanata-Carleton, Gustave Roy in Carleton, and Greg Fergus in Hull-Aylmer, as well as Conservative candidate Carol Clemenhagen in Ottawa Centre.
Ottawa police issued a statement late last month to remind residents that damaging election signs is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Elections Act and perpetrators could face charges, including mischief to property. Police are encouraging residents to report damage to campaign signs, especially if it is hateful.
Lalonde thanked residents who brought the damage to her attention and said she would continue to speak out against all forms of bigotry.
“This issue involves all of us. We all have a responsibility to speak out against this kind of behaviour and to decide what kind of society we want to live in,” she said.
Source: CTV News