The annual Take Back the Night March will once again occupy the streets of downtown Sudbury to demand an end to violence against all.
On the night of Sept. 19, more than 200 people will gather at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, 110 Elm St., and then march through the downtown core.
The march will be led by women and survivors, and Indigenous people with hand drums are encouraged to bring them.
A small group of local community activists, not aligned with any particular organization, have come together to organize the event, said a press release.
This group includes voices often still left out of feminist conversations, including trans, Black, disabled and Indigenous people.
“Take Back the Night began as a way to draw attention to the violence that women experience, particularly fear of walking alone at night due to sexual violence,” Laurel O’Gorman, one of this year’s organizers, said.
“Over the years, it has expanded to include the different ways that violence impacts women, such as the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonization as a violent practice, racist violence towards racialized women with the growing white supremacist movements, homophobic violence against queer and trans folks, and the high rate of violence against women with disabilities.”
The values of the march, as indicated on the poster, are simple: anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive.
O’Gorman adds that “this year’s march focuses on anti-oppression because while all women face a high risk of sexist violence, different groups of women face different risk factors and types of violence than others.”
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with pizza, speeches at 7 p.m., and the march begins at 7:30 p.m.
All who share the core values of this event are welcome to attend. For more information about the march, please contact Hez Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org.