Media Advisory - Students' Unions Condemn Racist Vandalism at York University



    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The York Federation of Students (YFS) and the
York University Graduate Students' Association (GSA) are outraged and appalled
by the racist slurs that have recently been found in the York University
Student Centre.
    On Tuesday, the door of the York University Black Students' Alliance's
(YUBSA) office and a male bathroom adjacent to the office were defaced with
anti-black statements. Phrases such as "All Niggers must die" and "Niggas go
back to Africa" were inscribed on the door and inside the bathroom.
    "Students at York University are uniting with the York University Black
Students' Alliance to call for a campus-wide safety audit," said Gilary Massa,
Vice President Equity of the York Federation of Students. "We want to work
together to develop ways to address racism on campus and prevent this from
happening again. We need the University administration to show some
leadership."
    Despite the repeated demands from a variety of campus stakeholders,
including students' union representatives, the York University administration
has made no formal commitment to seek a campus-wide safety audit from METRAC.
METRAC works with university campuses to prevent violence through community
safety initiatives, public education, training and research.
    "The three sexual assaults of students in the last five months, a brutal
assault of a Student Centre employee two weeks ago, and now this anti-black
vandalism are all evidence that our campus is becoming increasingly unsafe,"
said Massa. "York University must act immediately to prevent it from getting
worse."
    Students are planning a demonstration of their opposition to racism on
campus tomorrow:

    
        What:    Anti-Racism Rally

        When:    Thursday, January 24 - 2:30 p.m.

        Where:   York University Student Centre, Keele Campus
    

    All members of the York University community are welcome to attend and
encouraged to wear black to show solidarity.





For further information:

For further information: Gilary Massa, Vice-President Equity, York
Federation of Students, (647) 869-2101; or Sharifa Wright, Vice-President
Equity, York University Graduate Students' Association, (647) 200-3744

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