April 1st update: Voices for Cindy Gladue: Protests and Vigils on April 2
People across Canada and beyond Canada have responded to the social media and letter-writing campaign demanding justice for Cindy Gladue. Indigenous, Metis, sex-worker advocacy groups, women's groups, social justice organizations and ordinary citizens are joining protests on the ground in cities across Canada, coast to coast. This is the first time that people across the country will come together to protest the particular and the systemic mistreatment of and racism against Indigenous people. We will gather to honour and remember Cindy Gladue in the full awareness that Cindy is not the only victim. There have been powerful editorials in the Globe, Winnipeg Free Press, at @KweToday, on Rabble.ca, on activists' and writers' blogs nationwide. Scroll down to my earlier post to access the addresses for the Crown Prosecutor's office and the Solicitor General's office in Alberta: write to them, still, demanding a retrial. Write to your local newspapers and send emails to your local and national CBC and other media stations, asking them to cover this case and all it means.
Come to a protest if you can, or send others in your stead. Protests alone are not enough to change things. But your voice, her voice, his voice, our voices help to lift and shift the silence and apathy around violence and racism against Indigenous peoples--especially against women and sex-workers.
Sex-workers deserve better from all of us. Too many people believe that sex-workers get killed because they are working in a dangerous profession. Cab drivers and police-people also work in dangerous professions: when they are murdered, we don't say they deserved it, and should have been secretaries instead. It is time, after several thousand years, to stop whore- blaming. It is time to educate ourselves about the women and men who sell sex and a few hours of their time in exchange for money. That is the equation--s/he does the agreed-upon sex act, spends the time and gets the money. The equation does not equal rape, nor murder, nor torture, nor degradation. Sex workers do NOT sell their bodies. Their bodies belong to them always. Why do sex workers get hurt and killed? Because criminals, usually men, hurt and kill them. Bill C-36, a legal bill meant to 'protect' people in the sex trade only attempts to control women (and men and trans people) and to deprive them of the ability to organize and protect themselves and each other.
But back to PEOPLE making some refreshing and much needed angry noise. Protests and prayers, too, will be, are being said, publicly and privately for Cindy, for her family, for all the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Heartfelt gratitude to everyone putting time and energy into the protests, particularly to those who will continue to care and to work for the well-being of Indigenous and Metis people even after the protests are over. Who is that? It could be all of us. http://nomoresilence-nomoresilence.blogspot.ca/
Check Facebook invitation pages for new protests close to you . . .
VICTORIA makes this a coast-to-coast day of solidarity with Indigenous people in Canada.
Victoria, Thursday, April 2 at noon: https://www.facebook.com/events/1606587266225135/
Vancouver Thursday April 2 at 10:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/446813728815761/
In Edmonton on Thursday April 2, at noon : https://www.facebook.com/events/1501176266769571/
in Calgary, on Thursday April 2, at noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1501176266769571/
in Lethbridge, on Thursday April 2 at noon https://www.facebook.com/events/934387869934355/
in St. Paul, Alberta on Thursday April 2 at noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1592063801041473/
in Lac LaBiche on Thursday April 2 from 1-2 https://www.facebook.com/events/897332023620446/
in Regina,on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1592063801041473/
in Saskatoon on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1411748372467390/
in Kenora, ON, on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/682805831848855/
in Ottawa, on Thursday April 2 at 6 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/659410977496946/
in Toronto, on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon at 720 BAY STREET https://www.facebook.com/events/1592063801041473/
in Peterborough on Thursday April 2 at 4 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/357892087750793/
in Sudbury on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/1629764743905331/
check Facebook for a new Sarnia location
in St. John's, Newfoundland on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/516826465122931/
in Iqaluit, Nunavut!!!! on Thursday April 2 at 12 noon https://www.facebook.com/events/646431928836961/