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From: OCAP <oc...@tao.ca>
Date: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM
Subject: [ocap] Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets: June 6th
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Announcing Reclaim the Streets 2014 - coming up Friday, June 6th!

*Please forward far and wide!

Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets
Rally and March to Stop Violence Against Women

When: Friday, June 6th, 2014

Where: Regent Park Community Health Centre

465 Dundas Street East, Toronto

5:30pm - Community Meal & Music

6:00pm Rally

6:30pm March

*Kid friendly *Free meal *TTC tokens available *Wheelchair accessible
rally space & march

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436339569954832/

In August 2008, Carolyn Connolly, an Indigenous woman, was found dead
in an alleyway at Sherbourne and Shuter Streets. She was one of the
hundreds and hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls who have gone
missing or been murdered in this country over the last 30 years, many
of whom experienced the same racism, poverty, homelessness,
criminalization and violence that women in the downtown east of
Toronto face every day. There have been many other community members
that we have lost over the years – friends and family- and many daily
occurrences of violence that go unmentioned.

Over the last year there have been several incidents of violence
against women, especially homeless women and sex workers, in our
neighbourhood, including on September 22nd at the corner of Dundas &
Sherbourne where a woman was assaulted twice in one night. The police
failed to warn the community about the perpetrators despite having
video footage of their identities.

Women in the downtown east have been fighting to reclaim our
neighbourhood. We have fought for increased shelters and a 24 hour
drop-in space for women. We continue to fight for what we need to
survive and thrive - housing, shelter, safe space, enough income, safe
work, just to name a few - and for a society free of violence against
women. Join us June 6th as we come together to reclaim the streets of
our community and fight for what we need!

Demands of the 2014 Reclaim the Streets Rally & March:

· Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women

· Safe space now: Increase shelter beds & 24 hour drop-in space

· Safe, affordable and accessible housing

· Stop the upscale takeover of our neighbourhood: communities not condos!

· No criminalization of sex work and drug use

· End violence against all women!

*We recognize that patriarchal violence affects all self-identified
women, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people. That is who will
lead our event and the march. Everyone is welcome; men are
respectfully asked to show solidarity by marching behind.

For more information and if you would like to endorse this event,
please email DTEw...@gmail.com or call Josie at: 416-364-2261 x2228

Organized by: the Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets Committee
including Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Regent Park Community
Health Centre, Sistering, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project,
Streethealth, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against
Rape, The Works

Endorsed by: South Riverdale Community Health Centre, No More Silence,
Native Women's Resource Centre Toronto
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
157 Carlton St #206
Toronto, ON
M5A 2K3
Twitter: @OCAPtoronto

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