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35th annual Take Back the Night
The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape and Black Lives Matter – Toronto are pleased to announce the 35th annual Take Back the Night 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.
The space at Scadding Court is fully ACCESSIBLE to mobility devices. Care attendants and dignity transportation available. 3 ASL interpreters. If you need support or have questions, please contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve childcare (#BlackLivesMatter focused children’s activities) please email Cassandra at email@example.com.
6pm- COMMUNITY FAIR AND SHEA BUTTER GIVE AWAY Check out tables from Black organizations in Toronto. Get resources on mental health support, rites of passage, Black focused education, supports for Black *LGBTT2IQQ people.
Bring a container and get some free whipped shea butter made on-site
6pm-9:30pm- HEALING RAGE SPACE Toronto based Black healers will offer sessions in-kind. Get a free massage, spiritual counseling, reiki treatment, bowen therapy, womb work etc. Healers will prioritize Black identified clients on a first come/first serve basis. Share stories on the “Survivor Stories” wall or write back to other peoples’ stories. Active listeners will be present.
6pm-10pm- BLACK LIVES MATTER CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITIES Young freedom fighters: Write chants, form a chant squad, learn to play hand drums, eat patties and juice, make your own music videos.
7pm-7:45pm- TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE DEMONSTRATION STAGE Learn about possibilities for dealing with crisis without relying on police. ASL Provided.
7:45-8:30pm RALLY w Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. ASL Provided.
8:30pm-10pm MARCH ROLL DEEP with us and take back the night for Black Lives!