"Y'ALL means ALL" was chanted
down Boulevard René-Lévesque. It was a
remarkable feeling to promote what we stand for and walk for - Civil
Rights. We watched people read and react to our signs by smiling,
cheering and giving us hugs. We also invited Americans we met along
the way to join us - even mid-parade! Thanks to your mobilization and involvement, our chapter joined over 100 organizations and 7,000 people in this year's biggest Pride Parade yet
to emphatically share that minority rights are human rights.
The feeling of PRIDE was also in
our hearts in the wake of Charlottesville. A day of racist,
anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ protests where a terrorist slammed his car
into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring
almost 20 others. Democrats Abroad Montréal recognizes a new pride flag which includes black and brown colors to fuel this important and inclusive conversation. We must, and will, continually fight to make our country one in which
atrocities such as this, and the beliefs that underpin them, cannot be
imagined, much less put to action.
We stand together, and we stand strong.