Wanting to show solidarity, restore justice, reject acts of violent hatred, and ensure those responsible are held accountable, people in the community have decided to take action to ensure this hate crime is dealt with in a meaningful way.One of the first things they’re doing is some “art activism” called United Against Hate Artivism.
In a June 17 letter to Toronto police, MGH, and EllisDon, east Toronto MPPs Rima Berns-McGown and Peter Tabuns acknowledged the hospital and the construction company’s prompt denouncement of the hateful act as well as EllisDon’s efforts to help police identify the perpetrators, but also pushed them to do more to support Black and racialized construction workers at the site by listening to and addressing their concerns, offering mental health supports and protection, and taking actions to ensure their workplace is safe from hate and that anti-Black racism is being addressed in a “serious and ongoing manner.”Tabuns and Berns-McGown said they also want to know police are “following through on their investigation with haste and purpose.” “We will be monitoring the investigation with interest and reporting back to our constituents on its progress,” they wrote. “We are writing to you and making this letter public because we believe that the public needs to know that elected officials, police, health care leaders and industry leaders support vigorous action to stamp out racism and hate crimes.” Toronto-Danforth Coun. Paula Fletcher has also written to the police, the hospital, and the construction company to express and reflect the “deep concern” she and constituents have about this “terrifying act of racism.” “it is hard to believe this happened in a hospital setting and in our community that strives for inclusion,” she wrote in a June 16 letter, adding “actions speak louder than words” and demanded they accompany MGH and EllisDon decries of this hateful act. Fletcher said many community members have contacted her to express shock, but also to seek information on the police investigation, and find out more about what EllisDon and MGH are doing to support Black and racialized workers and confront systemic anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. In an email to toronto.com, Beaches-East York Coun. Brad Bradford said he’s been in touch with Downey as well as 55 Division about this incident and will share any updates with the community when they’re available. “I’m adding my voice in solidarity to all of us feeling hurt, anger and so much more right now. This is shocking. We have to condemn any kind of hate in our community, but the threatening, racialized nature of this crime, and all of the echoes of a horrific past, make it even more disturbing,” he said. On Tuesday, June 30, local politicians will be hosting a public forum online where people in the community can discuss the hate crime at MGH and what meaningful steps will be taken to address it. https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10041546-east-toronto-residents-reject-anti-black-racism-in-their-community/