On January 27th, CUPE Ontario joins those around the globe in observing Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to remembering the 10 million people, including 6 million Jews, murdered in the Holocaust, and reflecting on the importance of unity and justice in our society.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is not only a tribute to the Jewish community but a collective call for vigilance against the atrocities of the past that transcends religious and ethnic boundaries. The powerful lessons from the Holocaust are universal and relevant to all CUPE members, regardless of their background.

The Holocaust stands as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences when right-wing ideologies and fascism take control. It serves as a historical marker that compels us to say, “never again for anyone anywhere.” This tragic chapter in history was not limited to antisemitism alone; it encompassed ethnic and political cleansing of millions of others, including Ukrainians, Poles, Roma, people with disabilities, members of LGBTQI2S+ communities, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists, and other political and religious groups; underscoring the interconnected nature of oppression.

CUPE Ontario recognizes that the horrors of the Holocaust are not confined to the past. Similar instances of ethnic and political cleansing persist around the world today. Far right, extremist and neo-fascist parties are gaining popularity and power in many places around the globe. As a union committed to justice for workers, we know that our advocacy must extend beyond workplace concerns. True justice means advocating for the rights and dignity of people everywhere.

Today, we reaffirm our commitment to combat antisemitism and all forms of discrimination. Holocaust Remembrance Day is not only about acknowledging the tragedies of the past but also standing against the injustices that persist today. CUPE Ontario stands united against hate, discrimination, and the divisive ideologies that lead to such atrocities.

As we mark this day, let us remember the victims of the Holocaust, honour their memory, and recommit ourselves to fostering a world where the lessons of history guide us toward a more just and compassionate future.