Statement on Anti-Muslim Attack in London, Ontario
We are beyond horrified by the brutal anti-Muslim attack in London, Ontario last week.
The killing of four family members, motivated by Islamophobia and hate, has underscored the deep-seated racism and xenophobia that exists in our society.
We send our sympathies to friends and loved ones of the Afzaal-Salman family. And we stand in solidarity with the Muslim community – locally and across the globe – in the face of this disgusting act of violence.
Sadly this tragic incident is yet another wakeup call to challenge all of us to call out Islamophobia and the discrimination and racism that pervades our society – we need to call it, when we see it.
Fred Victor unequivocally condemns Islamophobia in all its forms.
Anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, and equity are ingrained in our organization’s values. Bigotry and prejudice are not tolerated across our sites. And we remain committed to creating safe spaces for every member of our community.
We have made it our work to build a more equitable society for all – and that includes the continued fight against Islamophobia, white supremacy, and hate.
Here are but a few ways we can stand with the Afzaal-Salman family and the Muslim community:
You can help by donating funds. There’s a GoFundMe page that you can find here.
The money will be used so Fayez and his extended family can donate on behalf of the deceased. There’s another Launch Good page that can be found here, which is raising funds for Fayez as well.
Attend the vigil or march
Use social media as a tool
The London Muslim Mosque is working with the National Council of Canadian Muslims to call on all levels of government to take action against Islamophobia.
Those wishing to show support can also change their profile pictures on social platforms to show an illustration of the deceased, and a green ribbon against Islamophobia. This will help share messages of support and raise awareness with the hashtag #OurLondonFamily.
Besides taking a free course about countering Islamophobia, there are so many ways you can educate yourself on anti-Muslim hate crimes.
You can also seek information from reputable books, documentaries, and podcasts to understand Islamophobia and discrimination against the community.
Enroll in workshops
You can show your support for this family and the Muslim community in Canada by signing up for a free workshop by the National Council of Canadian Muslims. There are three different workshops available: “Muslim community organizations,” “School, Employers, Government, Service Providers,” and “Students and youth”.