January 26, 2006 Talking Stick: ‘Open Mic Town Hall on Gun Violence’

One month after the Boxing Day shootings on Yonge Street and three days after the Federal Election, an ‘Open Mic Town Hall on Gun Violence’ will be held, on Thursday evening January 26, 2006.

The format will be in the Healing Tradition of the First Nations known as ‘Talking Stick’, where whoever holds the stick, has the floor, they speak and we listen.

Whoever the Prime Minister ends up being on that date, he must attend and listen to the people of the Greater Toronto Area; the voices of the youth; and statements from the friends and family of victims of gun violence. The root causes of Gun Violence and Murder in our city and all cities in Canada has for too long, much too long been ignored.

Since the boxing day shootings, the conversation has not stopped, Toronto has finally as a city come together and has begun speaking aloud on Gun Violence. Many voices, often contradictory, but with one single refrain: the root causes of gun violence must stop.

That discussion which began on the sidewalks of Yonge Street at the makeshift memorial for Jane Creba will continue on January 26, 2006 at an ‘Open Mic Town Hall on Gun Violence’.

We need everyone’s help, in logistics, organizing, outreach, and helping in the three short weeks we have and on the day of the Town Hall.

We are especially appealing to students, the youth of toronto to participate in the Town Hall, and especially the students and youth of Riverdale Collegiate Institute, where Jane Creba was a star student and athlete, to help get your school to host the Town Hall.

Please add your thoughts, ideas, suggestions in the comments below.

Thank You.

Yonge Street Peace

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