To: Directors and Advisors of the Munk Debates and the Aurea Foundation

No Hate in Toronto: Cancel Steve Bannon at Munk Debate

No Hate in Toronto: Cancel Steve Bannon at Munk Debate

Cancel the Munk Debate featuring Stephen Bannon and David Frum. Do not give Bannon - a racist peddler of hate a platform to publicize and advocate his xenophobic ideals.

Why is this important?

Stephen Bannon is scheduled to speak in Toronto on November 2nd. He's the former Special Advisor to US President Donald J. Trump who is responsible for some of the worst of recent American domestic policies, including the Islamophobic and racist Muslim Ban.

Allowing his participation in the Munk Debates at one Canada’s most prestigious venues (Roy Thomson Hall), with ticket prices up to $200, normalizes his hateful, xenophobic opinions and activities, and incites his violent followers.

We must outright reject Stephen Bannon’s ideas and the notion that he occupies an acceptable pole on a debate spectrum.

Stephen Bannon was CEO and Chairman of Breitbart News which he solidified into the online destination of white supremacists, anti-semites, and misogynists, spreading lies and conspiracy theories to further the alt-right agenda. Inviting people who bolster white supremacists is in direct opposition to the necessary work Canada must do to be accountable to people of colour and Indigenous communities.

Since being ejected from the White House and Breitbart, Bannon has adopted a global campaign to build up ultra-racist, nationalist, austerity-driven, anti-immigrant candidates and parties across Europe and Latin America. He is advising the likes of Viktor Orban, President of Hungary, who has adopted authoritarian rule over the courts, media, and immigration among other sectors and military dictatorship apologist and misogynist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Bannon’s activities are directly linked to the murderous policies promoted by these political parties.

In addition, Mr Bannon was charged for domestic assault, battery and dissuading a witness for attacking his then-wife, Mary Piccard. Charges were stayed after Piccard failed to appear in court after being threatened by Mr Bannon’s lawyer.

Mr Bannon’s debating partner is David Frum, the George W. Bush-era speechwriter who coined the term, “Axis of Evil”. This is in itself is sufficient indictment against the debate—that the debater representing the “liberal” position is a man responsible for shilling for the Iraq War, which resulted in the deaths of over a million people.

We urge Munk Debate advisors, the board of Aurea Foundation, and all individuals and organizations connected with the Munk Charitable Foundation, to oppose this event in the strongest terms, and cancel the event immediately. People in Toronto are urged to join us at Roy Thomson Hall at 5 pm on November 2nd, 2018 whether the event is cancelled or not. Click here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1401207076681549/

**Munk Debate Advisors/Aurea Foundation Directors**
Financiers: Kenneth Whyte, Colin Chapin, Anthony Munk
Lawyers: J. Robert Pritchard, David A. Steele
Intellectuals: Devon Cross, Margaret MacMillan, Janice Stein
Journalists: Andrew Coyne
Other high-profile individuals: Melanie Munk, Nigel Wright


Reasons for signing

  • Bannon is a terrorist. Why Canada Border Services would even allow him in my country is beyond comprehension.
  • Hate speech does not fall under the rubric of free speech.
  • We already have people who are scared of others who don't look like them or hold the same hate in their hearts. Why invite a master manipulator to pollute our landscape and ? Or makes no sense.

Updates

2018-11-01 11:54:46 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2018-10-31 12:54:08 -0400

There are less than 3 days left to shut Bannon down. Pressure is mounting. Let's keep going!

CBC: “Toronto Munk Debate must dump Steve Bannon, community groups say after Pittsburgh shooting” - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-anti-racist-groups-steve-bannon-debate-1.4883591
- Call the Munk Debates advisers: https://act.leadnow.ca/munk/

And come out to the rally this Friday November 2nd at 5pm to shut down hate, white-supremacy and xenophobia in our city!
#NoBannonTO #endwhitesupremacy #nohate #topoli #onpoli

2018-10-12 10:18:01 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2018-10-11 17:33:52 -0400

In just a few days we have reached almost 1,000 signatures - we need to keep up the pressure. Please share the petition with your friends and colleagues. Here's an article from earlier this year when Bannon insisted that racists should wear the banner of xenophobia with pride.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/steve-bannon-spills-beans-180314111605536.html

2018-10-10 20:04:36 -0400

500 signatures reached

2018-10-09 23:20:04 -0400

100 signatures reached

2018-10-09 19:26:47 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-10-09 16:27:05 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-10-09 14:36:56 -0400

10 signatures reached