Rania El-Alloul declines $50K crowdfunded donation
by audreylegault on March 17, 2015 - 12:09am
On March 13th 2015, CBC news described the public support that was given to Rania El-Alloul in “Rania El-Alloul declines $50K crowdfunded donation”. This woman was asked by Eliana Marengo, a judge from the Quebec court, to remove her hijab. Marengo declared that “people appearing before a judge should be “suitably dressed.” ”. Her actions were not easily excused as both the NPD Leader Tom Mulcair and the Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau openly condemned the judge’s actions. Rania’s story quickly gained importance throughout the country and a lot of donations were made in order to raise money for a new car. However, she did not accept the money. She believed that her experience with the Quebec court brought a lot of people together and that the money raised should be put into helping others who had their rights stripped away. She made it clear that she was seeking justice and equality.
The $50K that was raised is said to be put towards creating a student bursary in Rania El-Alloul’s name and making a donation to the Canadian civil liberties organizations. There are some volunteer opportunities for this organisation. At this address, it is possible to get involved by filling their online volunteer forms: http://ccla.org/get-involved/jobs/. This organisation’s goal is to “promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties” which could clearly help others that did not have the opportunity to share their experience like Rania did.