Anti-racism march planned for Ladner civic precinct today

Delta Families Against Racism is hosting a march in Ladner today.

The march starts at 4 p.m. at city hall and will follow a route around the civic precinct.

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Delta Families Against Racism was recently created as an online group to connect, support and acknowledge the need for change within the community.

The Facebook group was created by Julia Johnson Baker and Kate Henderson.

“The work of anti-racism is a long road and a continuum and we hope this is a start for all of our community members to acknowledge Delta as a whole has work to do and that we are committed to the learning and growth necessary for anti-racism in Delta,” said Henderson.

She said while there isn't necessarily racism where you feel physically unsafe in the community, there is an undercurrent of unconscious racism.

“I think for a long time both Julia and I are feeling a lot of what many in the community feel with racism in Delta, that it is kind of a different type of racism. It’s not in your face or people physically getting hurt, there is a different undercurrent and one that we want to address,” added Henderson.

Both Baker and Henderson stress that today’s march is a family-oriented event, and are asking that everyone wear masks and social distance to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.

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