16/3/2006- Ipsos Reid reports roughly four million Canadians - or about one out of every six adults - have been victims of racism, and the Association d'études canadiennes reports that in 2001, when compared to other Canadian cities, Montreal and Vancouver's ethnic communities have higher rates of unemployment and low income. So to help fight racism, Montreal - along with Quebec City, Geneva and Brussels - is hosting the 7th annual Action Week Against Racism. Here are Hour's choice picks of events being held in Montreal:

Unity in Diversity Show, theme workshop, discussion and multicultural dinner at Côte-des-Neiges Community Centre (5347 Côte-des-Neiges Road), March 20-25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 733-1478.

Nuit de L'Ireland A play by Marie Jones, translated and directed by Jean-Guy Legault, about one man's unsettling reflections on the hate and intolerance that divide his native Ireland, at Salle Fred-Barry (4353 Ste-Catherine St. East), 7:30 p.m. nightly until April 1. $25. Info: 253-8974.

Comic Strips Against Racism An exhibition of plates on the theme of intolerance and racism by Quebec comic book artist Jimmy Beaulieu. Plus 30 comic book artists from Quebec and Europe share their ideas on the theme. For location and info, call Images Interculturelles at 842-7127.

Montreal Holocaust Museum The world-class museum (5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road) hosts an open house March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and again on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 345-2605.

12 Hours of Music Against Racism Two six-hour shows. The first, at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent), features France's Syncop and La Mine de Rien, as well as the homegrown Tomas Jensen, Manouche, Dibondoko and Zuruba among many others. The second show, at the Medley (1170 St-Denis), features several reggae artists opening for legendary African headliner Alpha Blondy and the Solar System. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Medley and 6 p.m. at Club Soda. Tickets available at Ticketpro and the door; $45 (both shows) and $20 (French music show only). Part of the profits will be donated to Médecins du Monde.

All Action Week Against Racism events in Canada
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