Councilor Paul Christie
2nd Floor Metro Hall,
55 John Street
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Dear Councilor Christie,
I am writing to you regarding an application for an $18,000 grant from
the Metropolitan Toronto Council by a group known as "Anti-Racist
Action", or "ARA". The grant will be used to fund a two-day
"Anti-Facist Co-ordinating Conference", to be held from June
22nd to June 23rd at an undisclosed location.
In these hard economic times, taxpayers' dollars should not be used
to fund special interest groups. If a group has the publics' interest and
support, then they should be able to fund themselves, without having to
dip into the public purse.
Anti-Racist Action is not an established organization. It is a name
for a group of social misfits and violent anarchists. Their application
is strange, because the three individuals listed as being responsible for
the conference do not give a legitimate street address or a telephone number.
Instead, they give a post office box address and a voice mail box telephone
number. Furthermore, their conference is being held at an undisclosed location.
All of this secrecy on their part has made me suspicious of their application.
My objection to the ARA receiving funding from the taxpayers is compounded
by the fact that it has repeatedly used violence and terrorism to further
In June, 1993, Anti-Racist Action members stormed the East Toronto
home of a Heritage Front supporter. They threw various projectiles at the
house, including human excrement. Their attack caused substantial damage
to the property, including smashed windows.
On December 9th, 1995, about two dozen ARA members interrupted a private
dinner meeting that was being sponsored by Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform,
at the Europe Restaurant in downtown Toronto. Ignoring repeated requests
to leave, they spat on the owner and on several people attending the function.
They also threw cream at items on a book table and assaulted an elderly
On their world wide web site, they boast of having shut down the meeting.
I include the entire text from their website. It has been reformatted for
this letter, but the text has not been changed:
It's fun to crash a party. On December 9th Paul Fromm's Canadians for
Foreign Aid Reform (C-FAR) tried to hold a meeting. ARA had other ideas.
Paul "Squeaky" Fromm - Neo-Nazi and former high school teacher
- formed C-FAR (also known as Crackers For the Aryan Race) as a lobby group
for the racist right.
On the 9th C-FAR was hoping to meet in a not-so-trendy Blue Cellar
Room restaurant on Bloor St., but ARA decided to be a fly in their ointment.
Sitting in the back room sipping tea, about 40 ARA folks waited for the
meeting to start. When the dozen or so withered old Nazi freaks began to
show we made our move and forced our way into the banquet hall. "Call
the police!! Call the police," shouted a Nazi hag.
"Fucking commie Jews, you're just like Stalin," cried Steve
Dumas (pronounced dumb ass). This Nazi jock, and keynote speaker, founded
the pro- apartheid Northern Foundation. For his efforts he got a nice gob
right between the eyes from one of the grrrls.
When the kkkops finally showed it took them over half an hour to finally
get us out. Once outside we set up a loud protest and picket letting neighbours
know the score, and lots of people wanted to know what else they could
do to get rid of nazis.
The meeting was over before it had a chance to begin. The owner quietly
let Fromm out the back door. It was a great photo opportunity as they scuttled
to their cars and went wee wee wee all the way to Zundel's home.
I want to make it clear to you that I do not object to the ARA having
their conference. Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
guarantees them the right to freedom of speech, and the right of peaceful
assembly. I do, however, strongly object to the ARA's conference being
funded with taxpayers' dollars, considering their violent history. If Anti-
Racist Action wishes to have their conference, then they should raise the
funds themselves, and not rely on the taxpayer.
Based upon the evidence that I have presented to you, I respectfully
demand that the Metropolitan Toronto Council reject Anti-Racist Actions'
request for an $18,000 grant for their conference.