Hassan Husseini, president of the Ottawa district council for CUPE [and member of Solidarity Ottawa], was also marching for [Abdirahman] Abdi. “The labour movement fights for its members, but we also fight for the community,” he said. “We fight against racism, we fight against discrimination, we fight against sexism and homophobia. We feel that when there’s something wrong that happens to one of our community members by police forces that are supposed to protect us, and being whitewashed by a mayor who is supposed to represent us, we step in and say ‘Enough is enough.’ We need to come together and stand together as one and fight.” Read and watch more here.
Solidarity Against Austerity will be marching under our banner in the Labour Day parade in solidarity with Black and Somali activists from the community. Together, we want to build an Ottawa free of the racism most recently evidenced by the murder of Abdirahman Abdi by Ottawa Police and the subsequent response of civic leaders. Read more.