NO QUEERS IN UNIFORM!! (Fuck The Police!)
Time: September, 18th, 2010 12:00PM- 2:00PM
Location: Outside the 519 Community Centre- 519 Church Street. Toronto, ON.
Call-Out for Queers and Community Members to participate in a “NO QUEERS IN UNIFORM” pink bloc rally on September 18th!
Resist OPP efforts to pink-wash police at their “Serving with Pride in Policing” symposium (see detailed information below).
…Saturday, September 18th
Rally Outside the 519, 12 pm (noon)
519 Church St. Community Centre
A public demonstration will be held outside the 519 on September 18th to draw public attention to our resistance to the OPP recruitment symposium occurring inside (info below). Demonstrators are encouraged to dress as pink bloc or glam bloc. Wear your best magenta bandanas, your salmon t-shirts, your hot pink sequins, your fuchsia feather boas, and your rose stilettos and combat boots. Wear your sparkly hats, your leopard print spandex, your shiny hot pants! Coat yourself in glitter or spray paint yourself gold!
We invite you to bring noisemakers, musical instruments, boom boxes and loud speakers. Write your messages for the police on signs or on your bodies. Most importantly, bring your voices of resistance!
No queers in uniform!
On September 18, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be hosting a one-day Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Symposium at the 519 that will focus on “Serving with Pride in Policing – Dispelling the Myths and Breaking Down the Barriers”. (http://www.pridetoronto.com/news/opp-lgbt-symposium/) The purpose of this symposium is to recruit queers to serve as part of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
The OPP has a long history of colonialism, racism, brutality, bashing and murder in our communities across the province.
Most recently, the OPP, along with the Toronto Police, the Peel Region Police, the RCMP, and other policing and security forces made up the Integrated Security Unit (ISU) during the G20 week in June. The ISU was responsible for the arrests of over 1100 protesters and organizers during and after the G20. They were also responsible for the assault and violence suffered by countless others, who were harassed, kettled, beaten, pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed and intimidated all over the city. As we all know, the wounds left by police during the G20 and by other actions by the OPP and other police forces in this province run deep in our communities.
This rally is for those who do not wish to see more queers disappear behind a blue uniform to serve the interests of the state, further splintering our community. It is for those who are tired of seeing members of our communities targeted, harassed, assaulted, abused and discriminated against by supposedly “queer-friendly” police. It is for those who oppose the racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism displayed by the police of this province, and who wish to resist efforts to erase the violence our communities suffer at the hands of the police. Most of all, it is for all who oppose police brutality and the brutality of the OPP.
We (No Queers in Uniform) are a small team of community organizers in Toronto and Kingston. We oppose the OPP’s attempts to recruit new police officers from inside our queer communities. But on September 18, we need your help!
Resist the pink-wash! No more queers in uniform!
If you are interested in getting involved as an organizer, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to resist the pink-wash.
Your friends in solidarity,
No Queers in Uniform
No Queers in Uniform acknowledges that the OPP symposium and the rally falls on the day of Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days for the Jewish religion. We regret the necessity to hold a community action on this day, and want to acknowledge those in our communities who will be unable to attend for this reason.