Urgent Call for City of Ottawa to Advocate for a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza and Support Freedom of Expression

For Immediate Release

We as local organizations working towards building an equitable and inclusive Ottawa are writing to express our deep concern over the ongoing crisis in Gaza. In light of the recent events, we urge the City of Ottawa to join municipal counterparts across Canada in calling on the federal government to advocate for an immediate, sustained, and permanent ceasefire in the region.

The humanitarian toll, loss of innocent lives, and the destruction of critical infrastructure are heartbreaking. We acknowledge Canada's historic vote at the UN General Assembly in favour of an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, a move that signals a crucial step towards addressing the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. However, in the wake of escalating violence and continued loss of life we urge the City of Ottawa to go further and demand a permanent ceasefire.

Additionally, we ask that the City of Ottawa affirms its commitment to the right to self-expression and freedom of protest by advocating for Bylaw to drop their unjust fines. Recent incidents, such as the fines imposed on pro-Palestinian protesters for using megaphones and microphones, raise concerns about the protection of these fundamental rights.

The ongoing atrocities since October 7 are felt at home. We are seeing a rise of Islamophobia, antisemitism, and anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab racism in Canada. Now, more than ever, it is important to support and stand with marginalized communities.  

The environmental and ecological impact of conflict is often underestimated, yet it poses long-lasting threats to the well-being of the affected communities. The destruction of ecosystems, contamination of water sources, and damage to vital infrastructure contribute to environmental degradation, exacerbating the already dire conditions in conflict zones. 

We express our solidarity with decolonization movements from Turtle Island to Palestine. Understanding the interconnectedness of struggles for justice and sovereignty, we call for an approach that recognizes and addresses historical injustices both locally and internationally. By fostering solidarity across struggles, we can build a more just and equitable world for all.

We appreciate the City of Ottawa's stated commitment to promoting peace and justice. By supporting and affirming the right of everyone in our city to protest and adding your voice to the collective call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, return of all hostages, allowing the unimpeded flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and condemning all forms of hate including antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia you contribute to a global effort to bring about peace and protect human rights. 

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We look forward to seeing the City of Ottawa take a leadership role in advocating for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.


Signed:


613-819 Black Hub

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