Take Back the Night 2016
You are invited to join us at Take Back the Night 2016!
When: Thursday September 22nd @ 6:30pm-8:45pm
Where: Confederation Basin Marina, 6 Clarence Street, Kingston, ON, situated on traditional Anishnaabe and Haudenoshaunee Territory
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/968937743252360/
WHAT IS TAKE BACK THE NIGHT?
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual rally and peaceful protest against sexual and gender-based violence. TBTN 2016 aims to celebrate, to support and to empower survivors, while creating safer communities and healthier relationships through awareness, activism and advocacy.
PURPOSE AND GOALS
The purpose and goals of Take Back the Night vary. They are contextual and specific to each year’s organizing and supporters, while connected to the larger historical event movement. Some goals are:
• To raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of sexual violence
• To publicly condemn systemic oppressions that create, maintain and perpetuate rape culture
• To reclaim public spaces that are often considered “unsafe” to travel at night for many individuals due to the perpetration of gender-based violence
• To engage in discussions about prevention and to imagine futures without violence
THIS YEAR'S TAKE BACK THE NIGHT INCLUDES: - Three engaging speakers & special guests from Anybody Can be Pussy Riot
- A rally and march in protest of sexual & gender-based violence
- Community engagement activities following the march
- Free childcare & a children’s activity area
- Music by CFRC 101.9fm
- Panels from the Faceless Doll Project commemorating missing and murdered Aboriginal women & girls
- TBTN balloons with LED lights for the first 100 participants
- Opportunity to take part in a video montage project about sexual violence
- Community resource table
- Free refreshments
For more information and/or accessibility options, please contact:
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Natasha Ermineskin-Stirrett is of Cree/Irish ancestry. She grew up in the Cornwall and Akwesasne Mohawk area and is a member of Ermineskin Cree Nation. She is a passionate, committed activist, public speaker, grassroots organizer and relationship builder. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queens University. Active in both community and academic spaces, she is the Indigenous Representative on the Society of Graduate and Professional Students Council and participates on the Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) committee and in activist and community-based initiatives. She believes in the power of collective non-hierarchal work and the potential of transformative social change.
Seconde Nyanzobe is a dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven professional. She has a diploma in teaching French as a second language. Human rights defender and activist, she is a co-founder of Fontaine ISOKO for Good Governance and Integrated Development - an organization in Burundi, Est-Africa. She is an advocate for policy change, monitoring and reporting on the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. For the past 10+ years, she has been developing strategic plans for the organization, managing human and financial resources, writing proposals and working with survivors of any kind of gender-based violence. Seconde is a refugee, now working at KEYS Job Centre as Resettlement Assistance Advisor – a new IRCC program that aims to provide information, support, guidance and accompaniment to refugees upon their arrival in Kingston and Canada. Seconde speaks 4 languages, including: English and French. She has been in Canada since June 2015.
Brea is a mixed-race indigenous trans woman who hails from Six Nations of the Grand River south of Brantford and throughout much of the Haldimand Track. Having lived and worked from the tar sands in Northern Alberta, to student union organizing in Ontario, she now finds herself the Coordinator at OPIRG here in Kingston. Her passions have taken her from anti-war organizing, advocating for and seeking to build housing cooperatives to building and contributing to movements for environmental and climate justice.
Performing as members of Russian feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, special guests – Rebecca Benson and Tracey Guptill – will be animating the stage and stirring the crowd before the march. This is a second glance at their acting and improve following the well-received feminist talk-show Anybody Can be Pussy Riot, which took place as part of the Storefront Festival in July 2016.
A NOTE ON GENDER
A majority of Take Back the Night events are organized by and for women, specifically. The history is rooted in white, cisgender feminist movements and in response to the violence women experience due to misogyny, patriarchy and other forms of oppression. That said, more than two genders exist and anyone of any gender can experience sexual violence.
Take Back the Night 2016, on traditional Anishnaabe and Haudenoshaunee Territory will be open to people of any gender. However, groups who face sexual and gender-based violence disproportionately, relative to the general population, will take precedence and will be centered, in many ways, at the event and in organizing. This is our commitment to understanding that sexual violence is often gender-based and is inseparable from systemic oppression – such as, but not limited to: colonialism, racism, classism, sexism, cis-sexism, heterosexism, ableism and ageism.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT HISTORY
- October 1975: Take Back the Night event is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. People rallied together after the murder of young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed by a stranger a block from her home while walking alone.
- March 4-8, 1976: Brussels, Belgium held their first Take Back the Night with over two thousand women, representing more than forty countries at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women. The event was created with the intention to "make public the full range of crimes, both violently brutal and subtly discriminatory, committed against women of all cultures."
- April 30, 1977: Rome, Italy held their first Take Back the Night under a different name Reclaim the Night, as a reaction to a reported 16,000 rapes that year, demanding "the right to move freely in their communities at day and night without harassment and sexual assault."
- November 1977: Leeds, England held their first Reclaim the Night event in response to The “Yorkshire Ripper” who sexually assaulted and/or murdered many women, several of whom were sex workers. During this time, the police encouraged all women to stay indoors at night for their own safety. Outraged, women in 11 different towns in England, held events in protest.
- 1977: The name Take Back the Night was introduced by Anne Pride as the title of a memorial she read at an anti-violence rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- 1978: Marches continue to spread across the world – Europe, Australia, India and the U.S.
- 1978: The first Take Back the Night event in Canada was organized by an ad-hoc group known as the Fly By Night Collective in Vancouver, British Columbia on unceded Coast Salish Territory.
- 1981: The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers declared the third Friday of September the date for Take Back the Night marches nationwide. Many events take place around this time, but are not limited to the specific date or September alone.
Organizations on the TBTN 2016 Organizing Committee:
Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Change for Families in Need, Kingston Pride, TransFamily Kingston, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre, Kingston Anti-Violence Advisory Council, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – Limestone Local, Public Service Alliance of Canada - Women's Committee.
Thanks to all of our wonderful community volunteers on the organizing committee as well!
Culligan, Haven Home ClimateCare, Pan Chancho, Bread & Butter Bakery, Tim Hortons, Speedpro Signs Kingston, CorridAir Inc.
Join us for Take Back the Night 2016! United in the face of trauma; motivated to create change in society; committed to breaking the silence. Hope to see you there!