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Offline kimmy

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Re: Edmonton Pride Festival 2019 canceled.
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 09:23:57 pm »
Ok - what's the back of the line then ?

"Parade" to be replaced by a protest designed by Spaces Of Colour and RaricaNOW.
QTBIPOC and trans people to lead said protest, followed by white cis people.
QTBIPOC and trans people to lead a vigil for slain LGBT people, followed by white cis people.
QTBIPOC and trans events receive the front four pages of the Pride program; white cis people at the back.
A no-whites-allowed dance party.

All of that sounds pretty "back of the line" to me.

Shades Of Colour and RaricaNOW demanded pretty much complete control over the whole event, right down to deciding who can or can't be in the parade. But they still wanted to use Pride funds and Pride volunteers to do it.   And that's not even mentioning the financial demands.

Last week EPFS was supposed to meet with a handful of representatives from the two organizations to discuss funding for more non-white and trans events at Pride. Instead, SoC and RaricaNow brought 30 activists into the office and the police had to be called. It's brazen intimidation. It's bullying. Now that the whole event has been cancelled, the SoW guy says "this is a tragedy, we never wanted the event to be cancelled, we wanted to work with EPFS to improve the event, we used the language of demands but we were always open to negotiating."   That's bullshit.  Bringing 30 activists to what was supposed to be a meeting between a handful of people isn't negotiation, it's intimidation. 

If SoC wants a no-whites-allowed dance party, why don't they go start their own?

 -k
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