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About ACLA

About ACLA

The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is a grassroots collective of community and labour activists.

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Our Times Feature

Our Times Feature

ACLA was featured in Our Times Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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ACLA 20th Year Anniversary Sponsors

ACLA 20th Year Anniversary Sponsors

Thank you to the following unions for sponsoring ACLA's 20th Anniversary Projects and Celebrations

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ACLA Statement for Asian Heritage Month 2022

To our beloved Asian relatives:We stand in solidarity with you.Our commitment begins with healing our relations and walking the path of reconciliation.Because we also come from colonized places of wounded relations.We are rooted in the immutable truth that restoring the justice of Indigenous peoples is fundamental to our liberation.We honour and raise the voices of…

ACLA Supports Documentary Screening: A Time To Rise

For Asian Heritage Month, the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance organized a large delegation of participants to attend the documentary screening of “A Time To Rise” at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto on May 3, 2022. The nearly sold out event featured a discussion afterwards with Director Anand Patwardhan, moderated by Ali Kazimi. Our community partners…

Uprooting the racism in our ranks

By Stephanie Fung, Anna Liu, Karine Ng, and Chris Ramsaroop, The Monitor – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives https://monitormag.ca/articles/uprooting-the-racism-in-our-ranks Race-motivated hate crimes have surged during the pandemic. But these crimes only scratch the surface of the multiple forms of racism that racialized communities have endured during the pandemic. Read the full article here.

DOING THE WORK: Race, Labour and Transformative Justice

By Karine Ng, Our Times Magazine https://ourtimes.ca/article/doing-the-work As Canadians, we are often invited to join in the national exercise of glorifying Canada. But we should first carefully consider that many of our preconceptions may be influenced by nationalist narratives. Without using a critical lens to understand concepts like nationhood and citizenship, or state and newcomer,…

Interrogating the Union Politics of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: A Roundtable Discussion

McMaster University – Labour Studies Speaker Series Winter, January 18, 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DXvjh7fBF4 The past two years have been a watershed in anti-racist struggles, leading many organizations to interrogate their commitments to and progress towards racial equity. This roundtable gathers leading labour movement activists to assess the enduring barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion in unions,…

ACLA Ontario 2021 Year End Report

As we approach 2022, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) would like to thank you for your support and best wishes for the upcoming year. As a society, we are still coming to grips with recognizing and addressing Canada’s colonial relationship with Indigenous communities and the role that genocide has played and continues to play. From…

2021 Yearend round-up for ACLA in BC

This our first full year of activities since we formally relaunched ACLA in BC last November 2020. Here is a recap to share with our members and supporters what has been accomplished and look forward to more in 2022. Throughout the events mentioned, a solid core group meets regularly to check in, assess, and make…

Young, racialized, female and powerless: Front-line fast-food workers have taken the brunt of bad behaviour during the pandemic and it’s affecting their mental health

TORONTO STAR: https://www.thestar.com/business/2021/07/10/young-racialized-female-and-powerless-front-line-fast-food-workers-have-taken-the-brunt-of-bad-behaviour-during-the-pandemic-and-its-affecting-their-mental-health.html By Ashlynn Chand including interviews with ACLA Ontario members Anna Liu and Chris Ramsaroop. “Racism is a health and safety issue and it is incumbent for employers and governments to address this,” says Chris Ramsaroop, co-founder of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance and organizer for Justice for Migrant Workers. “To make systematic…

IWOC Conference Workshop on Environmental Racism

The Toronto & York Region Labour Council held its annual Indigenous and Workers of Colour Conference (IWOC) on Saturday June 12th, 2021. Chris Wilson from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and Patricia Chong from the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) co-facilitated a workshop about confronting Environmental Racism. The interactive workshop explores the following…