I’ve been experimenting with documenting various activist issues and protests. Here’s what I’ve been up to so far:
Black Lives Matter. A protest on November 25, 2014 in Toronto. Statement from the organizers: “Mike Brown was murdered. And the state let his murderer get away without even an indictment. Black people are murdered by the state in our local communities regularly and systematically. And their murderers get away with it on a regular basis.”
Stacyann Chin performs at the Dyke March during World Pride in Toronto, June 2014.
Stonewall 45: A Live Art Recreation. Performed on June 22, 2014 at Buddies in Bad Times/Alexander Street in Toronto. Cast: Monica Forrester, nisha ahuja, Ryan Graham Hinds, Chy Ryan Spain, Lena Peters, Francisco Moreno, Mikiki Mikiki, Patrick Salvani. Conceived & Directed by Gein Wong. Assistant Direction by Sunny Drake. Dramaturgy & Communications by Kim Katrin Milan. Space Activation by Jade Lee Hoy. Assistant Space Activation by Magda Kuzminski. Installation Artistry by Flips BSC. Soundscaping by Heidi Chan. (Videography by Lulu Wei)
Toronto Activists Vow to Fight TAVIS as World Pride Approaches. On June 16, 2014, activists called for an end to the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), a police program they say targets and harasses members of the community – and has a particularly disruptive impact on sex workers, those who are homeless/underhoused, and drug users – in a “street cleanup” campaign that does nothing to provide needed services to the area.
Stop Bill C-36: A Moment of Silence in Support of Sex Workers and the Decriminalization of Sex Work. This video features a rally and “die in” on June 14 in downtown Toronto calling for the decriminalization of sex work and the defeat of bill C-36. An important note from today’s rally: it’s crucial to stand in solidarity with sex workers, as well as those who are homeless/underhoused, as the Toronto police launch a campaign to “clean up the streets” in anticipation of World Pride. (Videography by Lulu Wei)