Statement of Solidarity

We at The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University in Toronto were saddened by the shooting of 6 Muslim men – Khaled Belkacemi, Azzedine Soufiane, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry – and the nineteen injured, at the Centre Cultural Islamique de Québec. We oppose the climate of fear produced by the US government’s travel ban and wave of deportations: its disregard for human rights and democracy, as well as its Islamophobia. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim students and colleagues at Ryerson, in Canada and around the world. The recent executive orders have impacted our peers in academic, activist and artistic communities who are or will be unable to travel to conferences and exhibitions due to, their race, citizenship or feelings of unsafety, as well as the unnumbered undocumented migrants, on both sides of the border whose very lives are in danger. As numbers of refugees trying to enter Canada increase, we urge the Trudeau government to stand up to the Trump administration, and to broaden its efforts to fight Islamopobia and racism in its own immigration policies. We will continue our efforts to promote and enact anti-racist pedagogy and programming, and encourage university faculties and administrations to do the same. It is increasingly urgent that we work towards social justice in every aspect of university curriculum, hiring, funding, administration and culture.

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