02. December 2017 - 12:00

#METOO MARCH, Canada, Saturday, 02. December 2017

UPDATE 2: Hi everyone! Thank you for your patience while we continue to organize ourselves!

We now have confirmed a number of speakers, and are waiting to hear back from a few more.

We are working on logistics of sound systems, any necessary permits for occupying Queen’s Park, making the event accessible and details for marshals, active listening support and ASL interpretation.

We have confirmed our route! We will be marching from Queen’s Park, down University to arrive at our final destination of Nathan Phillips Square. We hope to disrupt the flow of city life, take back our space and let our presence be known in the streets! We are working on organizing chants to have for the march, and organizing a time and place for chant & banner-making, which we will keep you updated on for any and all interested in helping!

We would also like to present a call-out for volunteers to help with marshalling & active listening support. If this is something you are interested in helping out with please email us at metoomarchtoronto@gmail.com. We are working on organizing a training session for those interested. Thank-you in advance!

We appreciate your continued patience with us while we sort out the further details, we are lucky to have mentorship and support from various organizations and different communities. We could not do this without them. This has turned into something much bigger than we could have ever dreamed of and are trying our best to create an intersectional, accessible and inclusive space for everyone. We know that no matter what, this is going to be a powerful moment for us all, coming together.

We look forward to continuing to make this happen and are so excited for the actual day! We will continue to keep you posted as more information comes.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

December 2nd, 2017

12pm: WE MEET. We speak, we listen. Queen’s Park North Lawn.

1pm: WE MARCH. We chant, we take to the streets.

2-3pm: WE ARRIVE. Nathan Phillips Square.

UPDATE: After much consideration and some very helpful input from some incredible people, we have decided that if we are to try to hold ourselves accountable to our mandate of being accessible, inclusive, diverse and intersectional that we should extend the date of this event to the 2nd of December, in order to have as many different organizations, communities and voices involved in the process. We truly hope that this doesn’t inconvenience any of you, that we can still be fuelled by the momentum of this movement and we mostly hope that you can still all make it.
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This march was created in response to the recent outpouring of #metoo hashtags showing up on all social media platforms. The MeToo campaign was founded 10+ years ago by a female POC activist by the name of Tarana Burke. Although she is not currently affiliated with this march, we are aware that it was not with us that this movement began, and know it is important to give credit where it is due. Burke was quoted by CNN as saying “It’s not about a viral campaign for me... it’s about a movement”. With this in mind, we are hoping to create a day & time where we can all come together - POC, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, allies, and all other communities, to share our experiences in the hopes of healing together.

Sexual assault, sexual violence, rape culture, misogyny, gender-based violence, missing and murdered indigenous women, racial violence, harassment, exploitation, erasure, binarism, transmisogyny, transphobia, and patriarchy are all issues we deal with on an every day basis. For some of us it is inescapable. We hope that by coming together, beyond the realm of social media, we can begin to heal together and incite change into these very real problems that still exist in our society. We are hoping to have spaces for on-site counsellors, a variety of different information stations regarding these issues, to be accessible to disabled and deaf folks and have performances from peoples of various communities. The hopes for this event are to give those who wish, a chance to share their stories in a healing environment, those who can’t share their stories for various reasons but can be present to be able to, to give hope to those who can’t be present, to encourage those who still hold on to their experience a chance to talk to someone and to all come together through music, art & performance to heal.

We are in the process of contacting various organizations and communities to invite them to participate in order to make this event as inclusive, intersectional and diverse as possible. If you are a member of one of these communities, please reach out to us. We need your help in making this event happen. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to continuing to try to make this happen for us all.
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Saturday, 02. December 2017, Canada, #METOO MARCH

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