Green Zombies documents

While we’re here, and since Christie Blatchford wrote about the case, I might as well make available the documents in the other proceeding Pride Toronto got itself embroiled in – the case of Bill Whatcott and confrères dressing up as green zombies (or Green Zombies) and handing out anti-gay pamphlets at Pride 2016.

Yes, this really happened, and, according to Doug Elliott, this offence is, if anything, more important than whatever Black Lives Matter is complaining about. (He wasn’t dismissing BLM’s complaints as unimportant. Both of those impressions are what I took from Elliott’s words at the town-hall meeting of August 30.)

Pride Toronto “statement” after town-hall meetings

At the Pride Toronto town-hall meeting on August 30, attendees were told a “scribe” was taking careful notes and that a full report on what was discussed at the meeting would be issued “two weeks” later. Pride Toronto extended its own deadline to the Monday after that two-week period, namely September 19, then waited till 23:00 hours that day to issue a statement. Continue reading “Pride Toronto “statement” after town-hall meetings”

Black Lives Matter’s demands

As seen in a badly typeset and equally badly copy-edited printout and listed in a press release. Those versions are different, but both unequivocally call for “Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.”

BLM demands (press-release version)

  1. Commit to BQY[’s] (Black Queer Youth[’s]) continued space (including stage/tents), funding, and logistical support.
  2. Self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
  3. Full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical, and personnel support.
  4. Double funding for Blockorama (to $13,000 + ASL interpretation & headliner funding).
  5. Reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage).
  6. Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.
  7. A public town hall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Blackness Yes, and BQY to be held six months from today. Pride Toronto will present an update and action plan on the aforementioned demands.

BLM demands (handout version)

BLMv Black Lives Matter demands (handout)

  1. Commit to BQY[’s] (Black Queer Youth[’s]) continued space (including stage/tents), funding, and logistical support.
  2. Self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
  3. Full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical, and personnel support.
  4. Increase funding for Blockorama (to $10,000 plus ASL interpretation and headliner funding).
  5. Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.
  6. Reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage).
  7. A public town hall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Blackness Yes, and BQY, to be held six months from today. Pride Toronto will present an update and action plan on the aforementioned demands.

Notes

Six months from the Pride-parade date puts that town hall on Friday, February 3. I’m sure everyone will be alert and ready to talk about Gay Pride on that day right after New Year’s and in the dead of winter.

Note that it’s illegal under the Ontario Human Rights Code to request to a service provider to provide staff who meet a certain racial classification. (Very precisely, it would be illegal for the service provider to comply with that request.) Some exceptions that exist under the Code do not apply here. So BLM’s demand for more black interpreters is not gonna happen.