Take Back the Night Actions Across the Country
Support the Demands of Women for Justice and the Right to Decide!
Take Back the Night actions are underway across the country. They express the determination of women to ensure they are safe, protected and can live their lives fully without discrimination and without being treated as fair game by anyone, especially not the state institutions whose every consideration oozes discrimination. Despite claiming to uphold the rights of women, the state structures in fact deny them in the name of high ideals of what can or cannot be achieved.
The stats on the plight of women and children reveal the truth about Canada’s democracy, not only the treatment of Indigenous women and girls, which is abhorrent, but also of the entire collective of women and especially the most vulnerable due to impoverishment through no fault of their own. The institutions are racist and exclusionary to the bone but they operate on the basis that they are the pinnacle of what it means to be democratic and so we are told to accept them and make them work “properly” as if “properly” means that a sow’s ear can be turned into a silk purse.
“We walk together to affirm our right to be safe wherever we go — in the streets, in our homes, in our workplaces, in public life, in sports and culture, in the parks. We march to say No Means No! and to demand that governments take up their social responsibilities as women have done and continue to do. We march for empowerment and rights.”
So say women in Edmonton who are in the forefront of upholding the rights of women and the rights of all.
“We ask no one’s permission to walk the streets together. We define who we are — not victims in need of condescending saviours, but a formidable force in the front lines of the fight when it comes to upholding the rights of all and bringing into being a society where all human beings can flourish. Such a society cannot come into being unless the needs of women and children are put in first place,” Peggy Morton told Renewal Update.
Peggy is the MLPC candidate in Edmonton Centre. She is a well-known champion of women’s rights since the 1960s, at a time women created a formidable movement for women’s empowerment. She works with a collective of women in Edmonton called Women for Rights and Empowerment, which has come forward to make sure women play a prominent role in every political cause for peace, justice and empowerment.
Speak out in your own name to lay the claims on society that you must!
All Out to Make the Take Back the Night Actions a Success!