SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY Organizing and activist spaces are not always spaces liberated from sexual and gender based violence and assault. It is important that as a community we create spaces that acknowledge this reality and fight the structures and persons that create and sustain rape culture within our society, but that we also establish prevention and support mechanisms for individuals who experience sexual assault/gender based violence while attending the summit in Toronto. The TCMN will do this by: -Actively discouraging per-
sons with a known history of perpetrating assault from attending the summit/being present in organizing spaces -Having trained medics/ volunteers experienced with sexual assault present during the convergence to support survivors -Having guidelines for consensual sexual activity to be abided by, especially in G8 & G20 Housing/Organizing spaces -We know, see, feel and acknowledge that women of colour and Indigenous women, trans folk, people differently abled, non- status women, psych survivors, women using substances, and poor women are disproportionately affected by sexual
violence and this is the product of the racist, colonialist, ableist, capitalist, misogynist system within which our society exists. -We invite members of all such communities and/or those skilled/trained in working with these communities to join the sexual assault medic team. We hope that a more inclusive membership will allow us to have medics available that are able to provide skilled responses that are respectful and cognisant of the intersections of violence that are faced by (and overcome) by people. http://g20.torontomobilize. org/sexualassaultpolicy
CALENDAR OF EVENTS The Toronto Community Mobilization Network is supporting mobilizations for: self-determination for indigenous peoples; climate and environmental justice; income equity and community control over resources; migrant justice and an end to war and occupation; gender justice, queer and disAbility rights. 18-20 June 2010, All Day, Forum, Ryerson: 2010 People’s Summit 21-24 June 2010: DAYS OF RESISTANCE (BUILD UP) J21: 1pm, 25 Cecil St., Forum, “Harper’s Attacks on Reproductive Rights at home & abroad” J21: 2pm, Allan Gardens, March: “All Out In Defense of the Rights of All” J22: Various Times/Locations: “Creative transformations & street theatre for Gender Justice” J22: 4:30pm, Yonge and Queen: “Creative Queer Resistance to the G20” J23: 11am, Alexandra Park (Dundas and Bathurst St.), March: “Toxic Tour of Toronto” J23: 7pm, 55 Gould St, Forum: “People’s Assembly on Climate Justice” 24: 11am, Queen’s Park, March: “Canada Can’t Hide Genocide: Indigenous Day of Action” J24: 5pm, Toronto Underground Cinema 186 Spadina Ave, Film: “Six Miles Deep” J24: 8pm, 25 Cecil Street, Forum: “Confront the Invasion!” 25-27 June 2010: DAYS OF ACTION J25: 2:30pm, Allan Gardens, March. Block Party. Tent City: “Justice for Our Communities” J25: 6:00pm, Massey Hall, Forum: “Shout Out For Global Justice” J26: 1:00pm, Queen’s Park, March: “People’s First. We Deserve Better” J26: 1:00pm, Queen’s Park, March: “Get Off the Fence” J26: Time/Location TBA, Radical Street Party: “Saturday Night Fever” J27, Time/Location TBA, Autonomous Direct Actions: “Getting Down to Business” J27, 1pm, Location TBA, Bike Block action J27, 2pm, St James Park, March: “Prayer Vigil” J27, 5pm, Bruce Mackey Park (Dundas and Wardell), March: “Fire.Works.For.Prisons “ Full details can be found at: http://g20.torontomobilize.org. The Toronto Community Mobilization Network is providing infrastructure and logistical support to events, protests and actions taking place between June 21 and 27, 2010 within a framework of respect and solidarity.
G20 Convergence Welcome Booklet
Toronto Community Mobilization Network
WELCOME TO TORONTO! So you’re visiting our city to oppose the G20 Summit. Here are some things about Toronto that you should know: NEIGHBOURHOODS Toronto is a big, flat, sprawling city. There are two Chinatowns, a few Little Portugals and many other “Xtown”s and “Little X”s. There are rapidly gentrifying spots, a waterfront, and suburbs on all sides. Yonge Street is generally regarded as the dividing line between East and West ends of the city. G20 meetings are going to be held at the Metro Convention Centre which is located on Front Street, on the south side of the city, beside Lake Ontario. Multiple fences, checkpoints and a heavy police presence will make moving around that part of the city difficult, if not impossible. Of course, the closer you get to the summit site, the likelier it will be that you will face a difficult time with security. In general, Toronto is very safe. There are people on main streets all night long. LIVING Eating & Drinking There will be a dinner served every night, Monday - Sunday, at 7pm at the Convergence Space (1266 Queen Street West- just off of Noble), except for Friday night, which will be served at the Tent City. All are welcome! There are some cheap places to buy prepared food, you might have to get creative with foraging for other meals (dumpstering, fruit-picking, etc) Buying alcohol? Not at the corner store! In Ontario alcohol is sold only by the “Beer Store”, the “LCBO”, and places like The Wine Rack. They’re pretty east to find though. Last call at bars is 1:30. Drinking out doors? That can get you a ticket, so be discreet. With so many police in town for the G20 you can expect this to be even more enforced than normal.
HOUSING Ideally you’ve already booked housing through the TCMN website or on your own. If this is not the case, or something has fallen through, please visit the Convergence Space to find out your options. The Convergence Space volunteers should be able to help you to a) find a free billeting space, b) direct you to a list a hostels in the city, or c) direct you to the nearest campground. If your current housing arrangement is not safe, or is otherwise inaccessible to you, please call the Housing Committee Phone Line kept at the Convergence Space Welcome Desk and we will do all we can to try to find you a safe, accessible space. If you experience any sort of violence in your housing situation, contact the Crisis Support Team. Safe housing spaces are available if necessary.
GETTING AROUND Our public transit is expensive. It sucks. And they keep jacking up the rates. The “TTC” is $3 cash for a ride. You can get tokens and the price goes down a tad to 5 tokens at $12.50, or ten tokens at $25. If you’re riding around all day then you can buy a day pass for $10, (on weekends this is good for two adults and worth it if you plan on taking more than two trips each in one day). The last subways of the night make their trips at around 1:30, and although there are many all-night bus and street car routes, it can be a lot harder to get around after the subways close. Some people sneak onto the TTC but the transit cops do bust people and ticket them. There are a lot of bike routes on both major and side streets that you can use. You can obtain bike maps put out by the city at almost any bike shop (there are lots of them around!) There are also two DIY bike shops in the city: Bike Pirates, at 1292 Bloor St W, and Bike Sauce, 717 Queen Street East, at the intersection of Broadview and Queen. You can make a donation and use the tools and the space to fix your bike/find out bike-related info. If you don’t have a bike but want to borrow one, the Community Bike Network (CBN) at Queen and Craw- ford runs a bike-sharing program. Accessible transportation to and from actions
Throughout the week of June 21st through June 27th, we will be providing accessible transportation from the convergence space to and from actions and meetings and other transportation if neces-
The Movement Defence Committee is organizing the Summit Legal Support Project to educate, defend and support activists and organizers during the G8/20 mobilization. Our plan is to provide legal support to everyone regardless of tactics used and our legal support will run to the end of bail hearings (after that, we’ll do our best to organize defendants’ committees). Legal support numbers during the Summit: ARREST LINE: 416-273-6761 (write this on your body!) Family and friends info line: 416-273-6781 TTY Number (for the Hearing Impaired): 416-531-0060 E-mail: lawunionMDC@gmail.com Website: http://movementdefence.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/MDCLegalUpdates (will be posting regular updates) Check out our website for more detailed info (including full Know Your Rights booklets), but here’s some basic legal info, for the summit and beyond:
Map of the TTC Subway & Buses- downtown routes
sary. If you are coming from out of town, we can also provide you with information about Toronto’s public transit system. To get in touch with the transportation team, you can call 647.448.7039, email g20transportation@gmail. com, or speak with someone
Map of G20 Summit Area in the convergence space. Airport You can take the TTC 192 Airport Shuttle Bus from Kipling Station as part of regular transit.
If the police question or search you: - You do not have to answer any questions or identify yourself (unless you are driving a vehicle or being issued a ticket) - You do not have to allow police to search you or your belongings; if they insist, state loudly and repeatedly that you are not consenting to a search, but do not physically interfere If you are arrested or detained (e.g. the police make it clear that you are not free to go): - You have the right to get advice from a lawyer (and a parent or guardian if you are under 18); say you want to speak to a lawyer and call the legal support number - Do not answer any questions or give any statements apart from your name, address and date of birth - If you’re arrested, make sure you get legal advice before you sign any release papers or agree to any bail conditions or sign any immigration papers - You are supposed to be taken to court for a bail hearing within 24 hours if not released by the police - Be prepared to provide the legal support office with contact information for a potential surety (a person who knows you and takes responsibility for ensuring you show up at trial, most likely by showing assets (e.g. a house, bank account)) - If you are asked about your visa or immigration status or are questioned and/or asked to sign something by Immigration officials, ask to speak to a lawyer before you answer these questions.
MEDICAL RESOURCES Sexual Assault/Crisis Support Team: If you experience sexual assault or feel that you are in need of spiritual, psychological or emotional support you can call the following number to speak to volunteers that can come and meet you or direct you to the most appropriate services in Toronto: Text first (if possible) or call: 416-556-6256 Medic Logistics: If you require additional medic support, or see an area in a march/rally/tent city that requires additional medic support please text first (if possible), or call: 647 989 HELP (4357) First Aid Tent/Supplies: If you need to find where the first aid tent is or inquire about supplies, etc,. please text (first if possible) or call: 647- 862-6686 If it is a serious injury, please call 911. ACCESSIBILITY POLICY To view the whole policy, please check: http://g20.torontomobilize. org/accessibility or ask the Welcoming Committee for a copy.
harassment, and assholery will not be accepted. Anyone who becomes disruptive or abusive will be asked to leave the space by one of the members of the Welcoming Committee. Please note that we will not be mediating personal disagreements unless covered by another policy. If a conflict between two parties emerges, we will attempt to de-escalate but will not mediate or adjudicate. Media Policy
CONVERGENCE SPACE The Convergence Space is a gathering place for community members, activists and organizers that have gathered in Toronto to abolish the G8/ G20. It is a place for people to eat, to talk, to share and to strategize on past struggles and future victories.The Convergence Centre is an accessible space where no media, police or other state authorities, alcohol or drugs are allowed. The Convergence Space follows the Networkâ€™s sexual assault policies and is community managed. Please check in with the welcoming committee upon your arrival. Address: 1266 Queen Street West- just off of Noble St.
CONVERGENCE SPACE POLICIES Alcohol and Drug Policy The convergence space is an alcohol and drug-free space. The use and consumption of alcohol is not allowed in the space. Anyone who brings alcohol or drugs into the space will be asked to remove them. Anyone who fails to respect this request and the Alcohol and Drug Policy will be asked to leave. Because this space is technically a commercial space, it is illegal for people to consume alcohol in the space. Consuming alcohol puts the Convergence Space as a whole in jeopardy! Incident (Disruption) Policy In keeping with policies concerning accessibility, sexual assault, and police, the convergence space will be a space where disrespect,
Journalists, whether from corporate or independent media, are not permitted in the convergence space in any journalistic capacity at any time. All media must identify themselves upon entering to a member of the Welcoming Committee. No photo, sound, or video recorders are to be used at any time. Please refer any media that comes knocking to the communications team (Media Phone 647-454-2443). For a full set of policies, including policies on police presence in the space, fire safety and potential raids, please talk to the Welcoming Committee. PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES Open public assemblies on the G20 protests 1. Thursday 24th at 5pm, at the Convergence space 2. Saturday 26th at 8pm at the Convergence space These are public meetings to allow activists and community members to check in, see whats going on, here is the latest news. These meetings are not a decision making body.
IF MEDIA APPROACHES...
Being approached by media and not sure what to say? Abolish the G8/G20! Reclaim power for the Many! ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Wifi: Wifi is both easy and difficult to find in the city. The Toronto Public Library offers a free internet connection at all of its locations. You might have to wait in line if you want to use their computers though. If you have a couple of bucks to spare, many coffee places and restaurants in the downtown core offer free wifi with purchase. The Linux Cafe, at Harbord and Grace, has a very tech-friendly set up, so if you have a lot of gear that you need to plug in, they might be your ideal spot. There are a few university and college campuses in the downtown core. If you wander around long enough, you will probably find a student centre or other building with a free phone and maybe computers. Showers: You can shower for free at local swimming pools. You can also swim there. These are listed online at: http://www.toronto.ca/ parks/recreation_facilities/ swimming/index.htm
SAFETY GUIDELINES Prevention is resistance! Many of us will be out on the streets this June, compelled to put our bodies on the line protesting the impact of G8/G20 policies on the health of our communities and environments. Taking personal responsibility for the prevention of unnecessary injuries and/or medical events is a strategic tactic that allows medical resources to be properly allocated and not wasted. Consult these guidelines and use common sense on the streets. Make sure you pack plenty of water/food - keep hydrated and well-fed! Package your food in plastic so that if tear gas is an issue you will not have your food contaminated. *DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES! Lenses can trap chemical (tear gas) to your eyes, increasing amount of damage. Purchase a pair of eye goggles- basic swim goggles should suffice in case of tear gas deployment. A few pairs may be handy, since they become useless once gas gets into the inner goggle. A bandana soaked in apple cider vinegar will assist in reducing impact of tear and pepper spray. Vinegar is also a good last-minute antiseptic for cuts, though it may sting a little. *BRING EARPLUGS.... Just in case the police decide to use their LRADS as sound weapons and not only as loudspeakers. If they decide to use them, you will feel definite discomfort and will most likely want to leave the area. Get behind a solid object (find a bus shelter, or turn a corner) to diminish the impact. These machines are designed to make you move. If they are used improperly, as they were in Pittsburgh, they can have serious affects on your hearing. Earplugs in combination with earmuffs will double your protection. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION... Make sure you let those in your affinity group/protesting with you know about the specifics. Wear your medical bracelet/paraphernalia and bring necessary medications. Keep these in plastic bags to avoid contamination by tear gas or destruction by water/ heat. Let others that you will be with know where your medications are. SPECIFICALLY IF YOU ARE DETAINED/ ARRESTED... Advise the persons arresting you of your medical conditions immediately, and inform them of where you medications are. Request that these medications be kept on your person. You should be aware that you may not have access to these medications however while in jail. A letter from a doctor will help, but bring multiple copies. It should include your name, diagnosis, that you must have access to medication at all times, a list of all meds required and a statement that you can must be allowed to keep meds on person to administer properly, and that no substitutions are acceptable.
Toronto is a big, flat, sprawling city. There are two Chinatowns,a few Little Portugals and many other “Xtown”s and“Little X”s. There are ra...