First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who made the time to attend our We Belong event last Monday, Jan. 19th 2015. It was incredible to see the interest people had in making our city more inclusive and equitable. We would also like to thank our amazing panelists who had exemplified great courage to talk about their personal individual experiences during the recent municipal elections. Hearing their experiences was invigorating and motivating to further delve into difficult conversations around the issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, classism and so on. Their resiliency through many years of advocacy expressed the passion they have in making a better tomorrow for everyone living in Toronto.
A part of the evening was dedicated for group discussions, which generated interesting questions for the panelists and replies. We thought that it was important to share people’s thoughts and questions that may not have been answered during the event. And so, social media being a great platform to share information and ideas, why not use it to ensure that these ideas/voices will be heard? Below, you will find compelling questions and replies from some of the event participants including some replies from twitter as well. As a disclaimer these questions and replies are of course anonymous.
“Take an honest look around and acknowledge divisions in our personal and professional relationships along racial and class lines. Start to quest in why that is the case, and go out of your comfort zone to start breaking those barriers. We need to acknowledge the racists and classists in ourselves.”
“Refusing to be complacent and silent against all types of discrimination.”
“Panel discussion given by such inspiring women of Toronto: Munira Abukar, Olivia Chow & Kristin Wong-Tam! #WeBelongTO”
“When creating a movement, energy is best spent reaching people already in motion. How do we keep the people in this room connected? Can we please use Facebook?
“Is justice the same thing as social justice? If not, what other kinds of justice are there?”
“How do you deal with the intersection between classism and racism in terms of political advantage? Sometimes there are interactions, sometimes there are not, how should the focus of these issues be narrowed?”
Once again, thank you so much for your continued support and contributions! Let’s keep the conversation going!