Still Racism in Vancity – 50 Years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream…”

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. His moving words inspired change and shifted the racial landscape. In the past few days, I realized racism still exists. In a multicultural city like Vancouver, it is easy to forget. The headlines in the daily papers have brought the harsh reality to my attention – as a society we still have a long way to go.

Tonight’s show will be focused on blended communities and what we discussion about what we can do be create healthy relationships. Tonight’s guest is… Tony McAleer. A little bit about Tony (bio):

A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. Tony was also the first to take the White supremacist movement into the internet age launching the Resistance Records website. Tony was eventually found to have contravened section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act that prohibits the dissemination of messages likely to expose groups to hatred by telephone. He was later jailed for contempt when he circumvented the CHRC decision by establishing a telephone message system in Washington State in a case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada.

His love for his children led Tony on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Financial hardship and the harsh realities of single parenthood as well as the compassion of his mentor Dov Baron (ironically Jewish) brought him to a place of compassion and forgiveness for himself and for others. Today he is a board member of Life After Hate and shares his practice of compassion as a presenter of Kindness Not Weakness curriculum.

Tune in at 10pm PST to 101.9FM CITR tonight.

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