On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, Efron Monsanto stood outside the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, just across the street from one of the city's largest malls, CF Lime Ridge.
Nearly a thousand peaceful protesters gathered to take a stand for their children against gender ideology. They were met with several hundred far-left union protesters.
The protest called the "1 Million March 4 Children" was organized by Kamel El-Cheikh, a Muslim man who wanted to unite Canadians to take a stand to "protect our children from indoctrination and sexualization."
Despite the peaceful call for action for the rally, some of Canada's largest unions, labour leaders, NDP and Liberal politicians deemed the protest as "bigoted" amongst other derogatory defamations.
One parent said, "Parents rights are our rights. Just keep it simple. English, math, geography, history."
Another parent added, "They are polluting the minds of the kids before they reach an age to make a decision themselves. This is not fair, the parents should have the right to teach their kids regarding these things."
The city's own far-left former NDP leader of Ontario mayor, Andrea Horwath decried the Muslim protest as "the promotion of hateful rhetoric that shames, denies and erases members of our community will never be welcomed or tolerated here in [Hamilton]."
Anthony Marco, President of the Hamilton & District Labour Council, was exposed in a leaked Zoom meeting with union organizers discussing preparations for the protest.
In the meeting, he suggested using Antifa-like tactics, such as bringing in "seasoned activists" and intimidating parents by photographing their license plates.
However, in face of all the denunciation and fear mongering from the left, nearly a thousand protesters from Muslim, Christian and other denominations took to the streets and marched towards the HWDSB head-office.
"It's not about hate, it's not about homophobia," a mother said. "A lot of these people think it's against trans, against gay. What it is, it's keep it out of the schools. That's the point."
"I'm a parent, I have two children, and I am against everything that is going on in the school system right now," another mom said. "In my kids school, there is a teacher that identifies as a cat and requested a litter box to the school. How come parents are not informed what's going on within the schools? Why is it that as a parent, I don't have a right towards my children anymore?"
"Leave our kids alone!" The large crowd chanted in defiance of the activists that tried to intimidate.
The Hamilton police were present at the scene, but initially, they were heavily outnumbered and failed to effectively separate the two opposing groups, resulting in some altercations.
One incident involved a man who was shoved to the ground while attempting to walk through the far-left's blockade of the street.
Later in the early afternoon, back-up for the officers arrived and set-up protest lines allowing for the two groups to safely interact with each other. The mounted unit made an appearance and stood back from afar.
At one point, a member of the far-left counter demonstration was captured on film yelling into an officer's face for creating a divide between the groups.
One parent finally added:
I can tell you for a fact right now that I am not here to protest against anti-LGBTQ. That is not the reason why everybody is here today.
The reason we are here today is to march for the children and to stop the sexualization and the gender identities in school. I have nothing against the LGBTQ community.
Wake up before it's too late. When they indoctrinate your children at a very young age, it's it's hard for the children to know the difference between what's right and what's wrong.
And always remember, we are in charge of our kids. We are responsible for our kids. We make the final call as we make the final decisions, not the school board.
Members of the Controversial Communist party of Canada were present, joining the far-left side.
The ideology has been responsible for the death of nearly a hundred million across the world according to Professor Mark Kramer of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies.
The attendees opposing gender indoctrination in schools and advocating for the protection of children continued to occupy the busy street between the school board's offices and Lime Ridge mall. They passionately chanted their messages, which were warmly received by passing drivers who showed their support by honking their horns.
The crowd of counter-protesters ended up leaving earlier than the organized rally goers, and they chanted and cheered as the opposing crowd walked home.
Full report to follow at StopClassroomGrooming.com along with all of our reporters' field reports from across the country.