TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - A group of women in Toronto are organizing a mass march on Saturday, January 21 to speak out and say no to hate in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.
"We came together to have our voices heard and say clearly that the kind of hate Donald Trump is spreading will not be tolerated," said Kavita Dogra, one of the Toronto march organizers. "Personally, I could not allow the inauguration of this US President to go down in history without a mobilized resistance."
Organizers say that the recent US election has enabled a new wave of targeted violence that is giving rise to hate both internationally and locally in Toronto. The ad hoc group of ten women organizers were drawn together to organize a peaceful march and rally, scheduled one week from today, in downtown Toronto. The march is happening in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and is open to everyone regardless of their gender.
What: Toronto Women's March
When: Saturday, January 21 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: March and rally begin at Queen's Park, downtown Toronto
Why: In solidarity with the Women's March on Washington to speak out against hate
Event Hashtag: #WomensMarchTO, #WhyIMarch.
Janelle Brady, another member of the organizing committee and graduate student at the University of Toronto said, "We are gathering to combat the rise in violence with a message of hope and solidarity. We refuse to be divided. January 21 will be a showing of our commitment to resist and to continue to fight for justice."
Marchers will rally in solidarity with millions around the world that are organizing to send a unified message the day after the US Presidential inauguration. There are hundreds of sister marches scheduled to be held in over 32 countries and the mobilization is growing.
SOURCE Toronto Women's March Organizing Committee
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