Remembering December 6.

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Today is December 6th and every year on this day I like to take a moment to reflect and remember what happened on this day 24 years ago.

On December 6 we commemorate

the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre,

at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

On that terrible day December 6 1989

14 innocent young women were gunned down-

in a senseless and horrific act of violence against women.

They were young engineering students-

most of them-

one of them was a clerk in the school office-

one of them was 35 years old-

and had gone back to school to study nursing.

They were all filled with hopes dreams and aspirations.

And yet on this day, 24 years ago,

they died, simply because they were women.

For 45 minutes on Dec. 6, 1989

the killer, who’s name I will not mention,

roamed the corridors of

Montreal’s École Polytechnique

screaming  “I hate feminists.”

For this–

these talented, intelligent,

beautiful  young women died.

Please take the time

to say their names aloud-

or read them slowly in your mind,

and help me mark this day.

The women’s names were:

Genevieve Bergeron, 21
Helene Colgan, 23
Nathalie Croteau, 23
Barbara Daigneault, 22
Anne-Marie Edward, 21
Maud Haviernick, 31
Maryse Leclair, 23
Anne-Marie Lemay, 27
Sonia Pelletier, 28
Michelle Richard, 21
Annie St-Arneault, 23
Annie Turcotte, 21
Barbara Marie Klueznick, 35
Maryse Laganiere, 35

As you go about your daily  life today,

please remember that

Violence Against Women and Girls

continues to be a massive global problem.

I am thinking particularly

about the violence against women

at colleges and universities today.

I keep thinking of the string of attacks

that took place at the University of British Columbia

at the beginning of the Fall semester.

I think of women in danger-

all over the world.

We have to make this issue more important.

You could go here and donate to this organization.

These folks have some good things figured out.



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