Press Release

Rally Against Racism Towards Migrant Workers

Publication Date

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:45am

Date: Sunday, Sept. 10
Time: 12 noon
Where: 111 Erie Street North, Leamington
Who: Organized by OPSEU’s Equity Mobilizing Team and Justicia for Migrant Workers

People concerned about the Leamington Business Improvement Association’s anti-loitering by-law focused on migrant workers are holding an anti-racism rally on Sunday at noon.

“Migrant farm workers contributed an estimated $18 million to the local economy and generate substantial profits for Windsor and Essex County's multi-billion dollar agricultural industry,” says event co-organizer Elizabeth Ha.

“Yet members of the Leamington Business Improvement Association continue to lobby the municipal government to pass a by-law targeting the region’s approximately 7,000 migrant workers.”

Ha says that an increasing number of media reports in the Leamington media painting migrant workers as threatening, along with growing displays of racism across North America, have prompted her group to act.

“We are going to send a strong message to the city's municipal government that we stand in solidarity with the community's migrant workers,” she said.

Contact Elizabeth Ha at 519-919-0852 or [email protected]