This years theme is “Take Back the Night: Breaking down Silences from Generation to Generation” To us this means resisting violence through holding conversations with our elders, our youth, and ourselves.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
This event provides ASL interpretation.
This event provides attendant care.
This event provides childcare.
This event is welcome to all genders and is trans inclusive
To make this more clear for the broader community, we know that accessibility is not only ASL interpretation, accessible doors and washrooms but in addition, we need to have a more cohesive and precise knowledge of what access means in a whole political and social context. For us at TRCC/MWAR and for the last 15 years we have and continue working side by side with The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities.
For Take Back the Night we ask community to take a moment to read this piece; to reflect and come with your heart and openness to support and be an “ally” to others.
Take Back the Night, TRCCMWAR and the Anne Johnston Health Station work from the Independent Living Philosophy. This means people with disabilities have the right to:
- Live with dignity in their chosen community;
- Participate in all aspects of their life; and
- Control and make decisions about their own lives.
While the aim of Independent Living is not to make a person “normal” in a physical or mental sense, the movement emphasizes the value of people with disabilities to have ordinary life experiences by providing community-based, consumer-controlled services, supports, resources and skills training to enable people with disabilities to live within an independent living practices in community.
The Accessible team is here to support the event this way:
We have around 15 centre members that are part of the Access Team. How can you recognize them?
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AGENDA FOR 37TH TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
3:45 pm Meet and Greet at the front and back of the Regent Park Community Centre entrances at 402 Shuter Street.
4:00pm Community Dinner at the Banquet Hall follows signs or ask a A.T. person to go with you.
5:00pm Talking Circles, after the community dinner the Banquet Hall will host two of the Talking Circles
Radical ideas of equity: Experiencing trauma in different bodies with Lucy & Grissel and Maria Montejo
A Decolonized World – Intentional Engagement towards a decolonized world with Zainab Amadahy
NOTE: (This Talking Circle will be outside on the back of the Regent Park entrance) Storytelling & Digital Media – Breaking down survivor silences through intergenerational mediums with Tamar & Diedre
IMPORTANT TO KNOW EVERY TALKING CIRCLE WILL BE CLOSE 10 MINUTES AFTER THEY START. PLEASE SELECT IN ADVANCE WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN.
6:30pm Rally space to be announced on site tomorrow.
Bring warm clothes and comfy shoes
The Accessibility Team will have two short spots of three minutes during the Rally to inform the entire community of our role at the event and also remember that at Take Back the Night March, the Access Team will set up the flow of the march, that means we will go on the front
8:00pm MARCH , YEAH WE GO AND TAKE THE STREETS AND RECLAIM THEM, GET YOUR CHANTS AND NOSIE MAKERS READY.
THANKS AGAIN AND SEE YOU TOMORROW!
This year we have replaced our community fair with “talking circles”. In these circles we hope to facilitate and foster conversations that help us connect with ourselves and one another.
Talking Circle Themes:
- Radical ideas of equity: Experiencing trauma in different bodies with Lucy & Grissel
- A Decolonized World – Intentional Engagement towards a decolonized world with Zainab Amadahy
- Storytelling & Digital Media – Breaking down survivor silences through intergenerational mediums with Tamar & Diedre
If you would like to participate in a talking circle, please take a moment to think about which circle you would like to be in.
You are free to enter any discussion from 5:00 – 5:20. Any folks not in a talking circle at 5:20 are invited to make posters in preparation for the march!
We will have active listeners present
Please be mindful of the space we are holding together in this new initiative.
All the best,
Dark starry night background. Golden flag across the middle. Bright flowers on both the left and right side frame a standing up figure speaking into a loudspeaker. Underneath a figure using a wheelchair mobility device holds up both arms in victory.
Text reads 37th Annual Take Back the Night from Generation to Generation. Together we hope to resist sexual violence through conversations with our elders, our youth, and ourselves.
September 15th 2017 at Regent Park Community Centre located at 402 Shuter Street.
Total event runs from 4pm – 10pm.
- 4:00pm Community Dinner
- 5:00pm Talking Circles
- 6:30pm Rally
- 8:00 March
- Wheelchair Accessible
- ASL Interpretation provided
- Childcare provided
- Attendant Care provided
- All genders and orientations welcome
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Take Back the Night Toronto 2017 will be held on:
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Regent Park Communty Centre (402 Shuter St. at Parliament)
details to be announced.
STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
With Gilary Massa and the #IStandWithGilary campaign
The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCCMWAR) stands in solidarity with Gilary Massa in connection to her Ontario Human Rights complaint against Ryerson Student Union and the #IStandWithGilary campaign.
The TRCCMWAR finds it appalling that the Ryerson Student Union would fire a long time, committed worker like Gilary based on the premise of ‘restructuring’. We find it oppressive; racist and sexist that 3 months into Massa’s maternity leave she was terminated. We believe this termination is illegal and unethical and we do not support the guise under which this termination is being framed.
We understand that Ryerson strives to work from an equity model and yet this wrongful termination makes it clear that this is not the case. We are not in support of terminating a new mother, Muslim-identified Black woman without cause or notification of restructuring.
Gilary Massa is a well-know advocate and activist in Toronto. She has supported the work of the TRCCMWAR for years and we consider her a centre member.
The Ryerson Student union has offered the Ryerson Student Centre to act as an event venue for the 36th Annual Take Back the Night event. The TRCCMWAR and survivors of the Toronto community would benefit from having Ryerson groups such as the Office of Sex Violence Support and Education (OSVSE), Continuing Education Student Association of Ryerson (CESAR), the Centre for Women and Trans People, the Trans Collective, Rye ACCESS and other student groups to be part of the dialogue around survivors of sexual violence.
It is with the support of these groups and Gilary Massa that we proceed with using the co-owned Ryerson Student Centre at 55 Gould Street as the event venue for the 2016 Take Back the Night.
We continue to stand in solidarity with justice and to us this means, meeting the demands of the #IStandWithGilary campaign and reinstating Gilary Massa immediately.