Take Back the Night March expands
‘Feminist organizing efforts continue to grow and change as we work to include all folks affected by sexist oppression’
The annual Take Back the Night March will once again occupy the streets of downtown Sudbury to demand an end to violence against all.
On the night of Sept. 21, more than 200 people will gather together at the Shkagamik-kwe Community Centre, 105 Elm St., and then march through the downtown core. The march will be led by women and survivors, and has also called for all those who have hand drums to lead the march.
The yearly community event has historically been run by essential community organizations in the city, and it has grown tremendously over the past few years. However, during that time there have been some moments of tension and some challenging discussions around the organizing principles and core values of this event.
“Feminist organizing efforts continue to grow and change as we work to include all folks affected by sexist oppression,” Shana Calixte, one of this year’s organizers, said in a release. “We really wanted to address some concerns that the march wasn’t necessarily connecting all the dots with other movements of anti-oppression, like Black Lives Matter, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, the many murders of trans people, as well as those who are a part of the critical disability rights movements.”
So this year, the group has decided to try something different.
A small group of local community activists, not aligned with any particular organization, have decided to organize the event. This group includes voices often still left out of feminist conversations, including trans, black, disabled and Indigenous people.
The values of the march, as written on the poster are simple: anti-racist, anti-colonial and antioppressive.
“We are a diverse group, and honour and respect the history of the radical feminists that have come before us,” organizer Laurel O’Gorman said. “We have come together to make this a truly grassroots event, with the hopes of widening the discussion about how we, as an intersectional and diverse community demanding equity, really Take Back the Night.”
The event starts at 6 p.m. with food and drinks, a rally at 6:30 p.m. and the march starts at 7. All who share the core values of this event are welcome to attend. For more information about the march, contact Laurel O’Gorman at Ld_ogorman@laurentian.ca.