Justin Morissette Recovery Fund

My brother is lying in a hospital bed recovering from surgery for an injury sustained in a violent attack in his Vancouver neighbourhood. On August 22, 2020 at about 7:45 pm, a group of preachers decided to set up speakers and a microphone at the corner of Burnaby and Thurlow Streets. This is the second time they’ve done so this summer. The first time, they shared their homophobic and transphobic ideologies into their microphones for over an hour. Residents of the neighbourhood actively called the police asking for these individuals to be stopped - to no avail. The location of their preaching was not unplanned given the historic LGBTQIA2s+ history of Vancouver’s west end.

2020 has brought with it the call to action for civilians to stand up and fight against intolerance and bigotry. Justin did exactly this by confronting this group of religious extremist who believed they had a right to spread hate speech. Justin is proud of what he did but unfortunately he was violently assaulted and seriously injured. Luckily, police and ambulance were on scene. Justin was taken to hospital having both bones in his left leg broken and his left knee dislocated.  Vancouver Police indicate that two individuals are in custody and facing possible charges of aggravated assault and mischief. The VPD hate crime investigators have also been notified.

In the coming months, Justin will be faced with  medical bills, a loss of income, legal fees, rent and living costs. It will be some time before rehab is completed and he is able to return to work. He badly needs the help of his family and friends to manage this tragic turn of events.

We thank you for your thoughtful and generous support.

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Kevin Morissette 
Vancouver, BC