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Feb 10, 2016 -
Toronto Black Film Festival
When: February 10 to 14, 2016
Where: various locations in Toronto
The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world.
Feb 11, 2016 -
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
When: Thursday, February 11th, 9pm
Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
This the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and the Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.
Feb 14, 2016 -
Strawberry Ceremony for Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirits
When: Sunday February 14th, 12:30pm
Where: Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto
Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30pm.
Please leave your agency, institutional and organization banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.
Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organizing committee, with the direction of Wanda will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.
We recognize that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.
Feb 17, 2016 - March on City Hall:
Open New Emergency Shelters Now!
When: Wednesday, February 17th, 11am
Where: Queen and Sherbourne
Anyone who tries to find a bed within the Toronto homeless shelter system is fully aware that it is in a crisis of overcrowding. During the week of January 18, OCAP members and allies visited the City warming centres and interfaith Out of the Cold shelters that function as a back up for the overloaded system. We spoke to people using these places and volunteers in them. What we found more than confirmed our worst fears.
People are being packed into spaces that, despite the best efforts of those running them, are unable to meet the need. The facilities are inadequate, the demand for them is too great, and people are being turned away.
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