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Good things DO grow in Ontario! Join us as we welcome Slutwalk Toronto to the 2nd annual discussion-focused White Ribbon Conference!

“What began as a reaction to one comment, a reaction that we had originally imagined only to include a handful of our closest friends, exploded into a kind of movement that we never could have expected.” Slutwalk was born and started with Slutwalk Toronto. A movement born in Ontario, that is inspiring change worldwide is one of the things the White Ribbon Campaign and Slutwalk Toronto have in common, Another thing in common is a goal to shift the conversation: Victim Blaming is not the answer to create a world with violence against women and girls.

We are excited to have the Slutwalk TO team join us at the What Makes a Man ‘Higher Unlearning’ the 2012 White Ribbon Conference!

Get to know the SlutWalk TO team at make plans to join them for their interactive discussion keynote at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference!

photo from http://torontogp.blogspot.com

Heather Jarvis SlutWalk Co-Founder / Organizer

Heather Jarvis is a queer, sex- and body-positive feminist. With experience in women and gender studies, social work and community activism she was furious upon hearing a representative of the police slut-shame survivors and people at risk of sexual assault. Not entirely shocked by the incident, Jarvis believes we should be beyond the myths of people ‘asking’ or ‘deserving’ to be assaulted due to their behaviour or appearance. As a survivor and advocate for empowerment, Jarvis constantly aims to shed shame around sex and sexuality. She feels we deserve safe streets and a supportive justice system.  Described as an eternal optimist by some who know her, Heather Jarvis refuses to believe things cannot change. She is determined to continuously work on improving this world through increased respect, consent, understanding and acceptance.

 

Colleen Westendorf Communications Coordinator / Organizer

When Colleen Westendorf saw SlutWalk’s ‘Because We’ve Had Enough’ banner on their website- she was on board faster than you can say ‘Slut’. Colleen joined the SlutWalk Toronto team shortly after participating in the inaugural Toronto SlutWalk. Though she believes that he meant well, to her Michael Sanguinetti’s now-infamous comment was our rape-condoning culture in a single sound bite. Colleen is certain that so long as we live in a world where victims are exhaustively held to standard for their actions in relation to rape, an act that is by definition a complete override of their will and personal agency, she doesn’t live in a world where she or anyone else is safe from sexual violence.

Colleen works in Communications in the Not-for-Profit sector, and is by trade a writer. She also volunteers for a pro-choice, LGBTQ-positive sexual health clinic as a sex educator and is committed to sex-positivity and sexual and reproductive health rights as fundamental human rights. As a newcomer to activism and community organizing, she’s learning as she goes – and so grateful for everything she’s getting out of the process.

To borrow a phrase from Eve Ensler, a personal hero of hers, Colleen believes the mission of SlutWalk and anti-violence movements everywhere will continue to have relevance ‘Until the Violence Stops’- and until we truly reach a point of zero tolerance for sexual violence. She’s in a mad rush for us to get there.

You can follow her on twitter here.

Raisa Bhuiyan Outreach Coordinator

Raisa Bhuiyan is an enthusiast, particularly of gritty grassroots activism and events that bring people together to mobilize against painstakingly dangerous social norms. She’s also harbouring a pathological fear of biographies, especially the type that has to be typed out in a box.

But if you really wanna know, do know that she squirted out the 2% milk she was drinking right through her nose when she heard about the don’t-dress-like-a-slut-suggestion that a Toronto Police officer made on her campus.

At the moment, Raisa is ridiculously excited about how communities of people have become energized enough to open up a space for a much needed conversation on how the integration of different strategies and different hystories can help SlutWalk better engage with the new paradigms of feminist organizing.


Slutwalk Toronto asks you to join them in their mission to spread the word that those those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.

Visit SlutWalk TO’s website

Like the Slutwalk TO Facebook page 

Follow Slutwalk TO on Twitter 

 

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join Heather, Colleen, Raisa and the many other speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Come join us to listen, reflect, respond and react with the incredible Kim Crosby
at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference

We are very excited to have Kim Crosby lead us through a Yoga break as well as guide us through a powerful & personal discussion at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man 2012 White Ribbon Conference. Not to be missed: the theme of ‘Higher Unlearning’ continues! Make sure you don’t miss this powerful speaker!

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My political obligations? I am a Black woman … in world that defines human as white and male for starters. Everything I do including survival is political.” ~Audre Lorde

 Kim Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto.

She completed her artist residency under D’bi Young at the AnitAfrika Theatre and also was a student of the Buddies In Bad Times Young Creator’s Unit, touring internationally with her one womyn play, “Hands In My Cunt” a biomythographical account of her resistance and experience of sexual violence.

In 2009 she was the Youthline Award Winner for “Outstanding Contribution To Community Empowerment”. In 2010 she was named one of YSEC’s 100 Young Changemakers while also being recognized in Canada’s Northern Lights Exhibition: Celebrating African Canadian Stories. In 2011, she was recognized as one of 12 of the City Of Toronto’s Cultural Champions among such brilliant activists as Lillian Allen.

She has spoken on panels and conferences nationally as well as facilitated radical community dialogues including Queer As Black Folk hosted by The Black Daddies Club and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Unity Conference. Her writing and her voice has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, George Brown University textbooks as well as Autostraddle and her writing can be found at queergiftedblack.blogspot.com

 Supporting the creation of community arts and allocation of resources, she sits on the boards of Artreach, Mayworks, the Toronto Arts Council and most recently the Rhubarb selection committee. She also regularly curates and co-curates events and exhibits including the annual Gender Exhibition in Toronto.

 Kim is a core member of the nationally touring Lesbian Blues group, a collective of Black Queer Folks committed to decolonization through creative political performance as well as T-Dot Renaissance, a wave of cultural and artistic collaborations for this generation of emerging artists of colour.

 Kim is the co-founder and co-director of  The People Project. Awarded the City Of Toronto’s Vital Ideas award in 2010, TPP is a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism and collaboration.

Through her work at The People Project, she has consulted and supported organizations the world over including Brown Boi Project, The Harmony Movement, The Grassroots Youth Collaborative, Stolen From Africa as well as the Toronto District School Board and The City Of Toronto Cultural Arts Division. In this work she has developed and co-developed over 50 distinct resources and tools as well as delivered over 150 workshops around race, gender, power, privilege, consent, creation, food and entrepreneurship.

She is also a co-founder of the New York based ‘The Brown Grrlz Project’, a collective dedicated to the advancement of “femme of centre” cis womyn, two-spirit people, intersex people and trans womyn.

In over a decade of community organizing, she has worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice. She is also a yoga teacher teaching through the Brown Girl’s Yoga collective.

 She is inspired, honoured and driven by the incredible work of community activists past and present including Punam Kholsla, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mia Mingus and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Kim and many other speakers at a discussion-focused event looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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