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An anti-police sign at Pride 2010.
An anti-police sign at Pride 2010.

The Ladies Anarchist Solidarity Society is forming an anti-policing contingent at Toronto’s Pride Parade while the Toronto Police continues to march at this year’s event, the 30th anniversary of the Toronto bathhouse raids. Taking part in a parade that grew out of protest of police conduct is seen as a form of community dialogue by police who have increased their presence since Bill Blair became the first police chief to march in 2005. 

Some members of Toronto’s queer community object to TPS’ presence and see it as another form of pinkwashing in addition to the ongoing corporatization of Pride. Ashleigh Ingle believes that “we should not see the presence of our violent oppressors at our celebratory protest as a victory... we should not want their acceptance.”

Problems with the police faced by the queer and trans communities have been many, from the criminalization of consensual sexual acts to systemic harassment and brutality.

The Ladies Anarchist Solidarity Society (LASS) has called for an anti-policing contingent at this year’s parade “to be vocal for the members in our community who can't because they are continually targeted by police” and to “remember the roots of Pride”. They see it as important to not forget past struggles of the queer and trans community against the police and not condone its continuation today by uncritically accepting or encouraging police participation.

A Pride Toronto organizer who declined to be named expressed conflicted frustration while justifying police presence, “On one hand, we don’t want to put our volunteers in danger -- if anything were to happen. On the other, how do you have police presence when large portions of your community have been marginalized or brutalized?” 

Resistance by members of the queer and trans communities hasn’t just occurred in the distant past at events like Stonewall and local riots in response to police raids and brutality. Last year in response to the treatment of queer and trans detainees at the G20, community members stormed the 519 to interrupt a speech by Bill Blair. An OPP recruitment event targeting the queer community was also shut down this past fall by the Queer Resistance Network who advocated “finding our own solutions to our own problems without the state.”

 

LASS’ Anti-Policing Contingent will be meeting at Bloor & Church at 1:30pm on Sunday July 3rd to march in Toronto’s Pride Parade.

 


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Right fucking on!

MORE PLEASE!!!

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Gay & Lesbian maelstrom hysteria political propaganda

This Gay and Lesbian parade with its maelstrom hysteria is nothing more than political propaganda of prejudices, passions, hatreds, emotions, resentments, biases, hopes and attitudes masked by a political ideology of the media and its support  for the ideologies of left leaning special interest movements.

This appeal by the Ladies Anarchist Solidarity Society to  form an anti-policing contingent at Toronto’s Pride Parade to defeat the system of law and order comes from the historical roots of fascim and the 1960s radicalism which called for the slaughter of pigs and honkies and staging ambushes for police or  kidnapping judges and children upon the masses to impose a new social order upon the masses.

Wake up people as history repeats itself wehnleft in the hands of such malcontent anarchists and radicals whose heros are the likes of Mao, Tse-tung, Ho Chi minh and Che Guevara.

History of Toronto

History of Toronto Police...Women marched to demand voting rights...Police came in and beat them up...Next day women smashed windows in the downtown business district....

 

Police brutally beat gays during the bathhouse raids....Pride is formed.

 

Police murder 12 black men shot in the back in one summer in the 70s...SIU is formed (filled with retired cops --white supremicists)

 

THe police think they can be queer friendly one day and homophobic masogynistic every other day???

 

 Stay Home....Pride is designed to get to the day when the TPS can no longer oppress everyone

except non white anglo males.   DIversity is the key.

Translated in french

Good job! Article translated in french at this adress - http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2011/07/toronto-la-police-ne-sera-pas-l...

 

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