March 26, 2011
As part of the 2011 Global BDS Day of Action, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, held a march and rally in Toronto. CAIA was joined by allied groups including anti-poverty activists, environmental justice groups and migrant justice organizers. The march targeted the centre of the Canadian economy and the heart of Canadian complicity in Israeli apartheid – Toronto’s financial district. Over 100 people marched under the banner Divest Now! The march highlighted local divestment campaigns being organized by Teachers for Palestine and Students Against Israeli Apartheid at the University of Toronto and York University.
The day was filled with energetic chants, passionate speeches and a memorial for the martyrs killed on Land Day and all our fallen comrades. The march was centred around creative BDS actions including dancing, posting a huge “Divest from Israeli Apartheid” banner on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the presentation of a plaque in honour of the 35th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day. The event ended at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) where activists filled the ‘comments and suggestions’ box with dozens of cards telling MEC to drop Israeli products now!
For more information on the Day of Action please see our leaflet