Hugo Schwyzer and SlutWalk

The organizing team of SlutWalk Toronto would like to offer a sincere apology for Hugo Schwyzer occupying a position of authority in the organizing team of SlutWalk Los Angeles in 2011. Hugo Schwyzer has impacted and caused harm to many women, especially women of colour he’s dismissed, degraded and stopped from being recognized, heard and valued (background info here). Women such as Flavia Dzodan (aka @redlightvoices), Sydette Harry (aka @Blackamazon), brownfemipower and many others. We know this harm – that Hugo Schwyzer has now owned – has left and continues to leave wounds....

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On recent statements regarding the Julian Assange sexual assault case

We believe everyone deserves safety and a right to live without violence. We are not experts in    international criminal law or extradition procedures. However, what anti-sexual violence activists know from the years of work that they have done is that victims of sexual violence often do not report, often face consequences when they do, and that systemically the vast majority of perpetrators of violence are never convicted for their crimes. We recently learned of statements made by SlutWalk London (UK) in support of the organization Women Against Raperegarding the ongoing case against...

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SWTO speech from the 2012 National Sexual Assault Conference in Chicago (#NSAC2012)

    HEATHER: Good morning! To start, we want to say a big thank you to the organizers of the 2012 National Sexual Assault Conference, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, for having us here today. We’re honoured to be a part of such an amazing conference and such an incredible gathering of people. A number of the people in this room are people we have read, people we have learned from, and inevitably people that have impacted and influenced our lives, in ways we are aware of and in the contributions you all have made in your work. We’re profoundly moved to have been a...

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Signal Boost: Letter Writing Campaign

Hi everyone, In light of our upcoming march and rally tomorrow afternoon, we’d like to ask you to support us in lending your signatures for a letter-writing campaign sending letters of support to the survivor of a landmark Canadian sexual assault case that the Supreme Court of Canada will be making a decision on come Friday June 1st. The case involves a niqab-wearing (a veil which covers the face with the exception of the eyes) Muslim woman who was ordered by the lower courts to remove her niqab to testify against two family members charged with sexually abusing her as a child....

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Special Guest Maxine the G2 Net mobile concert stage to lead #SWTO2012 !

We are so excited to have the G2 Net Mobile concert stage leading SlutWalk Toronto 2012 tomorrow! From Andre Milne: The G2 Net mobile concert stage is honored to be leading SlutWalk Toronto 2012. G2 Net was created in 1995 by Andre Milne to promote international human rights-driven movements using a roots-level expansion of a fusion of live music and visual arts. Milne rescued the Mack truck (as she was known before being reincarnated as Maxine) from being scrapped in 2006, and with an army of volunteers and supporters have kept her alive and kicking her heels as Maxine ever since. SWTO is...

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Crystal Melin of the Native Women’s Resource Centre to join speakers at SlutWalk Toronto 2012!

Crystal Melin Crystal is a mixed-race woman who embraces her Metis, Mohawk, Oneida, French Canadian, and Scandinavian heritages.  She is extremely grateful to hold the position of Executive Director for Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and sits on eight local Aboriginal committees.  Crystal holds a Masters degree in Community Development and Adult Education from the University of Toronto.  Through her thesis work she has built a model representing Indigenous knowledges and explores relationship building between non-Aboriginal institutions and Aboriginal...

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