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ARA Article About Paul Fromm

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Nazis shouldn't teach in our schools - Paul Fromm, get outta town!
You make me frown, nazi clown.


# Nazi Supporter #

* In 1981, Fromm became treasurer of the Metro Progressive Conservative Party. He was fired after he said in a newspaper interview that belief in a supreme race "is a good idea" and that Indochinese refugees should be sent to desert islands because "their influx into Canada will upset the racial balance."

* On December 8, 1990, Fromm spoke at a Heritage Front rally alongside some of Canada's most extreme racist organizations: the fascist paramilitary Church of the Creator, the Women's Aryan Union, and the Canadian Alliance. Fromm denied having gone to the rally until a video tape surfaced showing him speaking with a number of Nazi and white power flags behind him. When speaking to the group, he stated, "We're all on the same side," and was greeted by the Nazi salute.

* Fromm spoke again at a public Heritage Front meeting on September 5, 1991. He also spoke at a celebration of Hitler's birthday in April, 1992 at a meeting of the far-right Northern Foundation in Ottawa with homophobic and anti-choice leader Ken Campbell.

* On September 24, 1991, Fromm was ejected from a meeting of Toronto's Mayor's Committee on Race Relations for yelling "Scalp 'em!" while Rodney Bobiwash of the Native Canadian Centre was speaking.

* On November 7, 1992, Fromm went to Victoria, B.C. to speak on behalf of Holocaust-denier David Irving, who was deported from Canada on Nov. 13.

# Longtime Racist Organizer #

* While still a student at the University of Toronto, Paul Fromm co-founded the "anti-communist" Edmund Burke Society with notorious racist Don Andrews. Within five years, this group became the explicitly neo-Nazi Western Guard.

* As director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression Inc., Fromm supports well-known racists like Ernst Zundel whose hate literature denies that the Holocaust in Nazi Germany happened and supports hate-mongers like Philippe Rushton, James Keegsta, and Malcolm Ross.

* Fromm's other front group, Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform Inc. (C-FAR), advocates racist restrictions on immigration and foreign aid. Founded in 1979, their newsletter publishes racist doctrines like, "We're living in a minority-occupied country", and "documents" crimes committed by immigrants to Canada. In a 1989 C-FAR letter, Fromm laid out a plan for the organization, emphasizing building strength by "recruiting young people... to develop the leaders of tomorrow!"

# High School Teacher #

Paul Fromm works as an English teacher at Applewood Heights Secondary School in the Peel Region. Fromm's presence in the school creates an atmosphere of intimidation and fear and fuels racial tensions in the school.


The Peel Board of Education refused to take action on Fromm even after viewing a video of his speech at the Heritage Front rally and listening to testimony by both the Canadian Jewish Congress and Klanbusters on his racist activities. The Peel Board has issued two reprimands with a warning that Fromm's participation in further activities could result in his dismissal. Fromm ignored this and spoke in Victoria on a platform with David Irving last November.

Upset at the lack of action, groups including the Native Canadian Centre, the Ontario Native Women's Association, the 519 Church Street Community Centre, Anti-Racist Action, Klanbusters, the Canadian Jewish Congress, Citizens Against Racism and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations held a press conference October 21, 1992, at which they demanded a review of Fromm's right to teach by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The Peel Board also requested this review, and in November of 1992, Education Minister Tony Silipo appointed an indepenent advisor to investigate Fromm's effect on the school community. The Cowan report was released on March 17, 1993.

The Cowan Report states that Fromm's racist activities violated sections of the Education Act and breached the Peel Board of Education's Multicultural and Race Relations Policy as well as the Regulations of the Ontario Teacher's Federation.

The report states that:

"...Mr. Fromm is not committed to the policies respecting ethnocultural equity, multiculturalism and anti-racism that are fundamental to the educational system in this province." "In reviewing the activities of Mr. Fromm in this context, I believe Mr. Fromm did not fulfill his duties as a teacher to set a positive example consistent with the core values expressed by or implicit in s.264 (1) (c) of the Education Act." "As a result of my investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Fromm's presence as a teacher has an adverse effect on the school community."


We want the Minister to know that we expect him to take responsibility for the fact that racists are teaching and organizing in our schools. The Education Minister must act now to remove Paul Fromm from the classroom.

No student should have to be subjected to the racist ideologies and practices of Paul Fromm !!!


* Paul Fromm's teaching certificate be revoked.

* Mr. Fromm be fired from his teaching position.

* Priority be given to anti-racist education NOW.

* Other teachers with links to racist or neo-Nazi groups
like the Heritage Front and the Church of the Creator
be investigated.


Your involvement is the key to ARA's success, whether in educational
campaigns, out on the street, or in "Rock Against Racism" gigs.

ARA has been helping high school students to build their own
independent ARA groups in their schools. On January 19, ARA launched
its campaign in Toronto high schools, with a mass rally and march and
march co-organized with other anti-racists beginning from Riverdale
High School in the east end of Toronto. Young anti-racists have
joined forces to show fascist organizers that they have a bigger
fight on their hands than they anticipated.


* Get informed, knowledge is power!

* Bring anti-racists to speak in your school!

* Rip down racist posters, why don'tcha!

* Expose racist teachers at your school!

* Confront racists!

* Organize student anti-racist groups in your school!

* Join existin' anti-racist groups!

If you want to join Anti-Racist Action, start an ARA group in your
school or just get more information, contact us at our mailing
address or leave a message for us on the KLANBUSTERS HOTLINE: (416)

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B.T.W. you can also e-mail me at GECKO@ZOOID.GUILD.ORG

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