Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ah, Activism!

As some of you in the Southern Canadian region may have realized, it is now fall. Ah, with the tree leaves changing colours, and the September breeze strolling in, it is indeed a ripe time for change—social change, that is!

I apologize for the unwarranted pun, but really, a woman has to segue somehow.

So, for this week’s blog I’ve decided to post a couple of the awesome activist opportunities in the fast-approaching future. My selection consists solely of events in Montreal and Ottawa, and is by no means comprehensive (please note that I’ve only included two...gah! Laziness!). This post is more of an attempt to get the ball rolling on local/current feminist activism. That said, pretty please add your own entries in the comments section!

Take Back the Night
Time : September 24th @ 6:00 PM
Meeting Place: Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour)

Bring the noisiest item(s) you own down to The Women’s Monument in Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour). Bring your friends, lovers, family members and join the the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa as they rally to end violence against women. Although I have managed to miss TBTN year after year, my good friend and fellow blogger Stephanie has informed me that the night is fun, empowering, and jam-packed with kick-ass chanting. I’m sold.

Sisters in Spirit March & Vigil
October 4th , 2009: 6PM
Meeting place: Cabot Square (Atwater and St. Catherine’s)

Join Sisters in Spirit in raising our voices against the systematic marginalization of indigenous women in Canadian society, against the racist and sexist stereotypes that devalue indigenous women, against the pervasive violence and murder of indigenous women. The march will call for government action, and will culminate in a vigil at Phillips Square for the 520+ stolen sisters.
For more information, visit www.missingjustie.ca , http://www.nwac-hq.org/en/background.html , and http://www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sisters_overview.php
Similar marches will be occurring in Edmonton and Ottawa

Sorry for the short blog, folks... course reading is piling up quite literally in my room (safety hazard). Next week's blog will discuss America's Next Top Model, gendered behaviour/socialization, and general banter! So much banter.

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