New Classroom Program to Combat Antisemitism, Racism and Hatred To Be Unveiled at Lord Lansdowne Public School

TORONTO, September 14, 2005 The founders of Fighting Antisemitism Together (FAST) will launch their first education program, Choose Your Voice, before an audience of Toronto District School Board students and educators on Monday, September 19, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

The event will include a special preview of a video with testimonials of survivors of the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and victims of hatred in Canada. The video, which will be distributed to Ontario schools this fall, is intended to spark discussion in the classroom on the dangers of prejudice in all of its manifestations.

What: Launch of FAST’s Choose Your Voice program
When: 1 p.m. EDT
Monday, September 19, 2005
Where: Lord Lansdowne Public School (Gymnasium)
33 Robert Street (College Street /Spadina Avenue)
Who: Elizabeth Comper, FAST Founder
Tony Comper, FAST Founder and President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group
Sheila Ward, Chair of the Toronto District School Board
Elena Aleinikov, Principal, Lord Lansdowne Public School

Media wishing to attend should register in advance by calling Kiesha Seales at (416) 867-3996.

About FAST
FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together) is a coalition of non-Jewish Canadian business and community leaders who have come together to speak out against antisemitism and to fund education and other projects that encourage other non-Jews to speak out. This coalition was founded by Elizabeth and Tony Comper in response to the documented increase in vicious anti-Jewish incidents in Canada.

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Contacts:

Ralph Marranca, Toronto, (416) 867-3996