MAKE A PLEDGE TO FIGHT RACISM

21/3/2011- Coun. Amarjeet Sohi's plan to counter race-based discrimination in Edmonton involves at least 30,000 people pledging to make a small change in their own lives. The pledge could involve promising to make one new friend from a different culture, speaking up about derogatory comments or learning about the history of racism in Canada, he said Sunday, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. A coalition of Edmonton groups started the campaign in November. So far, it has 5,000 signatures. "This is going to be a significant week for getting people to make those pledges." The City of Edmonton sent posters to local schools to encourage students to sign up, and Debbie Engel, chair of the Edmonton Catholic school board, said she is trying to convince each trustee to make a pledge. "It's like a whisper campaign," she said. "There's a ton of power in it." Sohi said University of Alberta researchers will be surveying Edmonton residents to measure for the first time here how often people feel or see racial discrimination.
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