Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded. 

Nelson Mandela

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to support the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition.

1 – Become an Official Supporter

Write a letter of endorsement

You can show your support by way of a letter of endorsement. An endorsement letter indicates your support for the Coalition’s objectives and spirit.

Please use the following guidelines to craft your own letter:

  • Indicate your Name, title (if any), organization (if any) and date at the top of the letter
  • State the reason for your endorsement (what in particular do you support and why? These can be the Coalition’s  objectives or recommendations – link to Full list of Recommendations)
  • State any relevant or related work you or your organization are currently doing that align with that of the Coalition’s
  • Conclude by reiterating your support and summarizing why your support matters!

See a sample letter here: link

Please send your letter of endorsement to:  info@justiceforabdirahman.ca with a copy to:

  1. Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa (Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca)
  2. Councillor David Chernushenko, Capital Ward (David.Chernushenko@Ottawa.ca)
  3. Councillor Catherine McKenney, Somerset Ward (Catherine.Mckenney@ottawa.ca)
  4. Charles Bordeleau, Chief of Police, Ottawa Police Service (BordeleauC@ottawapolice.ca)
  5. Councillor Diane Deans, Chair, Police Services Board (diane.deans@ottawa.ca)
  6. Joel Harden, MPP Ottawa Centre (JHarden-CO@ndp.on.ca)

Don’t have time for writing a letter? Sign our Endorsement Statement!

With just a few clicks you can quickly become an Official Supporting Partner. Use the change.org link to sign our Endorsement Statement as a private citizen or as an organization.

2 – Join our mailing list – Events, Calls to Actions and Info sharing! – By joining our mailing list you will be made aware of events and requests the Coalition sends out. You can support the Coalition’s ongoing efforts by participating in events, responding to calls for action and sharing the information on to your networks and social media.

Please email us:  info@justiceforabdirahman.ca to join the mailing list.

3 – Email your Elected Official

The recommendations put forward by the Coalition require political will to action them. As such you can do a tremendous act of support by emailing YOUR elected official and demanding action on the recommendations. We have made this process super easy for you. Click here to quickly send your email. All you need is 30 seconds, your name and your email address!


Our Supporters

African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC)

Amnesty International Canada

Black Ottawa Scene

Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers (CASL)

Canadian Council of Imams

Canadian Labour Congress

Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau

CUPE 4600

Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Ottawa

Hintonburg Community Association

Muslim Link

Muslim Student Association of Carelton Univeristy

Muslim Student Association of the University of Ottawa

Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)

Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP)

Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA)

Parkdale United Church

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC)

Somali Centre for Family Services

Somerset West Community Health Centre

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)

Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC)