Escalating violence and rhetoric against minorities
(Surrey, BC) The events of August 12, 2017 in Virginia are but just the latest in a series of events of escalating violence and rhetoric against minorities and against the rights of all people. We have seen the rhetoric of hate grow louder not just in the United States but also here in Canada. What happened yesterday was not a protest or a march but a race riot planned and perpetrated by nationalists and right wing extremists whose agenda it is to diminish and erode any and all civil rights and return us to a society full of bigotry and hatred. We at PMSF condemn the “unite the right” movement, we call it for what it is, a fascist and racist supremacist movement, and we pledge to continue to fight racism and all other forms of discrimination. We are also grateful to the brave people that stood up against this bigotry and offer our condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer who lost her life at the hands of hate. For minorities, people of colour, LBGTQ people we advise against travel to certain regions in the Southern United States, and suggest extreme vigilance when traveling to any other American destinations.