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 Sudbury Star - - NEWS - STAR STAFF sud.ed­i­to­rial@sun­media.ca

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.

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