On December 3, CUPE 3911 co-chairs Glynnis Lieb and Dougal MacDonald and Membership Officer Brenda Kuzio attended the Alberta Federation of Labour’s annual memorial brunch held as the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The brunch is organized every year to honour the 14 women murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, as well as to honour all women who have been victims of violence. Money raised by the brunch will go to the building of the Jessica Martel Women’s Shelter in St. Albert. Every year, solemn commemorations take place in many locations across Canada and Quebec.
It should be noted that twenty-eight years have passed and still women cannot walk the streets, attend classes, work at their jobs or even live in their homes "free" of violence and/or the threat of violence, based simply on the fact that they were born female and live in a society which considers women to be "fair game." It is important to both remember the women murdered on December 6, 1989, and also to reaffirm the commitment of all to fight to end violence against women. The violation of women’s rights is not a "woman's issue." The violation of the rights of women is a concern for society as a whole and society is duty bound to end this state of affairs.