BLACK ONLY SPACES at TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

The Community Planning Committe invites BLACK-IDENTIFIED trans men and women, 2pirit, queer and cisgender women to help shape this year’s event. The following meetings are for BLACK-IDENTIFIED folks only:

Wednesday August 12th 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

Wednesday August 19th, 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

Wednesday September 16th 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

Wednesday September 30th 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

The following meetings are trainings where allies are encouraged to volunteer.

Accessibility training, Part 1: Wednesday August 26th 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

Accessibility training, Part 2: Wednesday September 2nd 6-8pm @ 2398 Yonge St.

Marshall training: Wednesday September 9th 6-8pm @ 17 Phoebe St

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#All Black Lies Matter: Black Communities Take Back the Night

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BLACK LIVES MATTER Take Back the Night 2015

#Black Lives Matter is a movement and we want to show our critical support for the movement lead by Black organizers of North America by centralizing the voices of Black people at this year’s Take Back the Night.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 AT 6-10PM LOCATED AT 707 DUNDAS ST. WEST, SCADDING COURT COMMUNITY CENTRE

#All Black Lives Matter: Black Communities Take Back the Night” This year’s theme speaks to the anti-Black racism centering the experiences of Black women, Black queer and trans people along the gender spectrum, Black people with disabilities, undocumented Black people, peeps in the criminalization system. It speaks to the experiences of Black women (in particular Black trans women and sex workers) experiencing sexual violence as a tool of police brutality and genocide. Join us as we stand in solidarity against police brutality and violence towards all Black people.

Community Planning Meetings 2015

COMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE INVITATION –

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape in collaboration with Black Lives Matter – Toronto is pleased to announce its 35th annual Take Back the Night event happening on Saturday September 26th, 2015 at Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West).

This year’s theme is: “All Black Lives Matter: Black Communities Take Back the Night”. This year’s theme speaks to the anti-Black racism centering the experiences of Black women, Black queer and trans people along the gender spectrum, Black people with disabilities, undocumented Black people, peeps in the criminalization system. It speaks to the experiences of Black women (in particular Black trans women and sex workers) experiencing sexual violence as a tool of police brutality and genocide. Join us as we stand in solidarity against police brutality and violence towards all Black people.

We welcome Black-identified trans, genderqueer and cis women-identified people (community members/representatives of community organizations) to come and share their wisdom in creating Take Back the Night this year.

Committee meetings are on the following dates:

Wednesday August 5th (6-8pm) – What is TBTN? What are the roles of TBTN? What is BlackLivesMatter- Toronto? What thoughts do we have about the theme, poster, etc? How do you want to be involved at Take Back the Night

Wednesday August 12th (6-8pm) – What is the progress of roles and jobs for the event? What is accessibility for the event? What does the rally look like? What are the committees for each aspect of the event? BLACK FOLKS ONLY

Wednesday August 19th (6-8pm) – Workshop on BLM: The Movement and committee work including: food, childcare, media, rally, poster making and community fair. Additional planning including: Accessibility team support and Rally team support. BLACK FOLKS ONLY

Wednesday August 26th (6-8pm) – ACCESSIBILITY TEAM SUPPORT TRAINING Part 1

For Accessibility Team volunteers and all committee members BLACK FOLKS AND ALLIES

Wednesday September 2nd    (6-8pm) – ACCESSIBILITY TEAM SUPPORT TRAINING Part 2

For Accessibility Team volunteers and all committee members BLACK FOLKS AND ALLIES

Wednesday September 9th (6-8pm)– MARSHALL TRAINING

    For would-be marshals, committee meeting happens in another space. NOTE: Change of venue for this meeting located at 17 PHOEBE ST. BLACK FOLKS AND ALLIES

Wednesday September 16th (6-8pm) – Continued event planning relating to food, childcare, rally, march, media, etc. BLACK FOLKS ONLY

Wednesday September 23rd (6-8pm) – Final meeting before the event. Site visit, walking the route, looking at the space for community fair, etc. This meeting will take place at 707 Dundas West. BLACK FOLKS AND ALLIES

Wednesday September 30th (6-8pm) – Celebration and Event Evaluation BLACK FOLKS ONLY

All Meetings take place at 2398 Yonge St. Anne Johnston Health Station

(closest major intersection Yonge and Eglinton)

Interesting in helping to plan Take Back the Night this year? Contact Deb at (416)597-1171 x 230 or deb@trccmwar.ca

Takebackthenighttoronto.com

 

Community Fair 2015

COMMUNITY FAIR INVITATION (TO HAVE A TABLE)-

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape in collaboration with Black Lives Matter – Toronto is pleased to announce its 35th annual Take Back the Night event happening on Saturday September 26th, 2015 at Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West).

This year’s theme is:All Black Lives Matter: Black Communities Take Back the Night” This year’s theme speaks to the anti-Black racism centering the experiences of Black women, Black queer and trans people along the gender spectrum, Black people with disabilities, undocumented Black people, peeps in the criminalization system. It speaks to the experiences of Black women (in particular Black trans women and sex workers) experiencing sexual violence as a tool of police brutality and genocide. Join us as we stand in solidarity against police brutality and violence towards all Black people.

We invite Black community members/community organizations to come and DISPLAY THEIR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES at a TABLE at the COMMUNITY FAIR. This space is free of charge and we invite you to come, show how you support survivors in your organization and offer your resources and knowledge at the Community Fair.

What you would be doing?

Bringing display boards, pamphlets, flyers – anything you want to share with survivors and community members about your group, organization or agency.

Groups, organizations and agencies are also welcome to bring a banner and march with us!

What would be provided?

We will provide the table, chairs and food at the community fair and an invitation to stay and be part of the rally and march!

When is the Community Fair?

Community Fair at 6pm-7pm, Rally at 6pm and March at 8pm

Who do I contact for questions and info?

Contact deb at 416 597 1171 x230 or email deb@trccmwar.ca

Come and spread the word about the amazing work you are doing in your community at this year’s TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! takebackthenighttoronto.com

Trans Inclusion

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape needs to make a statement about gender and our position of various genders being included/centralized to the process of building and attending the community event of Take Back the Night.

While sexual violence impacts all of us, we understand that based on experiences of oppression, sexual violence will have different impacts for those who have experiences of oppression based on age, sexual identity, class, race, gender identity, family status, ability and faith-based beliefs (including all other forms of oppression).

Herstorically, the community planning committee of Take Back the Night, can be made up of people of all genders excluding cisgendered men. This would include cisgendered women identified people, trans women, gender queer people and trans men. Also herstorically, all genders were included in attending the event, except at the time of the march in where only women, trans women and children were asked to participate in the march.

The event itself claims space for all survivors of sexualized of violence (including survivors of interpersonal violence such as childhood sexual assault, sexual assault, rape and domestic violence and institutional violence such as racism, homophobia, ableism, etc). However we recognize that gender-based violence disproportionately affects women, trans people and children.

The TRCC/MWAR wants to co-create space with community members to claim space for all survivors of sexual violence. At the same time, as we recognize gender plays a role in (sexualized) violence and we want Take Back the Night to reflect this. We also understand that folks who may have experiences growing up socialized as one gender, then transitioning to another gender may also have experienced impacts of sexual violence that need to be recognized at the event.

All genders are welcomed to the Community Fair and Rally of Take Back the Night, including any and all activities at the event exterior to the march. We welcome all two-spirited people, genderqueer people, cisgendered women, trans women, trans men, youth and children to attend the march. We welcome cigendered men to stand at the outskirts of the march and support the cisgendered women, trans women, trans men, two-spirited people, genderqueer people, youth and children you see marching. We encourage trans men and gender queer folks to decide for yourselves whether or not to participate in the march.

**For 2013 – In an attempt to decolonize gender, we are inviting cisgender men to join in the march. **

At the TRCC/MWAR, we work with communities of survivors to reflect what is needed at Take Back the Night. We ask that communities of trans people to take up space at Take Back the Night and the anti-violence movement at large.

For two-spirited, genderqueer and/or trans people: We have trained marshals for the march and we ask marshals to not police people’s gender. That means, marshals are not instructed to talk to or remove anyone from the march without consulting with their squad leader.  Marshals are instructed to not make decisions about marchers on their own, but look to squad leaders for direction, in situations where people are unsafe, being harassed, etc. Marshals are instructed to think about the safety of all marchers in their role of marshal.

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