Resist OPP efforts to pink-wash police at their “Serving with Pride in Policing” symposium
Saturday, September 18th
Rally Outside the 519, 11am
Meet in the park beside the 519 Church St. Community Centre!
On Saturday September 18 the OPP will be hosting a day-long symposium to recruit LBGT people at the 519 Community Centre. This symposium, called “Serving with Pride in Policing – Dispelling the Myths and Breaking Down the Barriers” (http://www.pridetoronto.com/news/opp-lgbt-symposium/) will showcase the OPP’s “service” to a community they have never been a friend to. The recent G20 arrests only highlight what is the daily reality for targeted communities: profiling, harassment, and brutality. The OPP is part of a system of policing that is responsible for raids on bathhouses, factory and massage parlour immigration raids, street raids, sweeps of homeless folks and sex workers and for destroying indigenous communities and families. These aren’t “myths” about policing, these are the facts.
We can’t sell other people’s rights for queer rights. As queers we are rooted in our queer communities, but our intersectional identities tie us to multiple communities and groups of people. We are united in solidarity with poor, racialized, street youth, sex workers, friends, families, lovers and communities. Our liberation is collective!
This is not just another rally! We will be holding a *family friendly* public demonstration outside the 519 on September 18th to strengthen bonds within our communities and build an anti-policing movement in Toronto.
Bring your sexy selves, your kids and capes, your black hoodies, your heels, hotpants and glitter.
Write your messages for the police on signs or on your bodies. Most importantly, bring your voices of resistance!
Your friendly neighborhood policing abolitionists
Toronto Policing Abolition Network
Queer Coalition Against Policing