Unifor supports fight against Muslim ban

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor's Social Justice Fund will donate $5,000 to aid the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its battle against the racist and non-democratic ban on Muslims imposed by President Trump's executive order.

"It's shameful that President Trump chooses to hide behind the false blanket of security in order to discriminate against Muslims and foster Islamophobia, "said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "The use of fear to deny entry to the US and create a racial and religious divide must be challenged and we support the ACLU in that fight."

The ACLU provided support to refugees and immigrants who were refused entry and detained at American airports in the aftermath of the executive order, which banned travel to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries. A federal judge granted the ACLU's request for a nationwide temporary injunction to block the deportation of those left stranded, but the main court challenge on the legality of the order continues.

"This is a direct attack on equality," said Mohamad Alsadi, Unifor Director, Human Rights and International Department. "The Social Justice Fund stands in solidarity with all who are being turned away from America simply because of their faith or country of origin."

The Unifor Social Justice Fund is a registered charity, maintained by contributions from Unifor employers negotiated during collective bargaining; to learn more about it visit www.unifor.org/sjf.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers in every sector of the economy. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


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For further information: Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).

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