The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is strategizing on how to counteract the million-person march Wednesday.
On September 11, OFL President Patty Coates sent an email to the OFL executive board, executive council, union heads, committees, coalitions, and community partners.
Its notice read, “Urgent Action Required: Rapid Response to September 20th Canada-Wide (anti-sexual minority) Protests.”
The email warned, “the ultra-conservative right have planned nationwide events to protest teaching (sexual minority) content in schools under the guise of protecting children.”
Although the rallying cry is entitled, “A day to unite all religions in the defence of children against (sexual minority) indoctrination in Canadian schools,” Coates took a different view.
“We know that far from protecting students this will hurt them in so many ways,” she wrote.
“In this time of unprecedented hate and emboldened anger against so many people, it is time now, more than ever, for labour to show up as allies to protect targets of hate and bigotry wherever they may be.”
A video has leaked. I have trouble getting it to play but am told things get interesting at about the 20 minute mark.
OK. No problem. It has just been released to 80 independent outlets as well. This is not illegal. I checked. pic.twitter.com/n8rx8PHbYt
— Odessa Orlewicz (@OdessaOrlewicz) September 16, 2023