CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that the Victoria rally was being organized by the Harmony Foundation. It is being organized by a 10th grade student named Leighla Foster. Victoria Buzz regrets the error.
A number of rallies have been planned in multiple cities across Canada, with the goal of calling out Anti-Asian hatred.
The majority of the rallies are planned for Sunday, March 28th, with most starting at 2 p.m. in their local time zones.
Cities on the list of planned rallies include Victoria, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Penticton, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary.
In Victoria, the rally is set to take place on the Legislature lawn from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is being organized by a local 10th grade student named Leighla Foster.
“The shooting in Atlanta was shocking,” the Harmony Foundation, a local organization supporting the rally, wrote in a statement.
“But anti-Asian racism is also rising in Canada, provoked by COVID-19. The Asian community in Victoria is calling us to stand together against anti-Asian bigotry.”
The Foundation says permission has been granted for use of the front lawn. Participants are asked to wear face masks and respect physical distancing, and are encouraged to bring signage expressing support.
Other organizations supporting the rallies include the Asian Canadian Equity Alliance, the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice and the Tri-City Chinese Community Society.
Victoria’s Rally Against Anti-Asian Hate
- When: Sunday, March 28th – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Legislature lawn, downtown Victoria