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Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

Posted at 10:11pm

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The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women along with other community agencies and individuals are planning a protect ahead of the scheduled International Meet-up Day for the Return of Kings, which has been promoted for this Saturday at 8pm at the Bert Weeks Memorial Garden.

Return of Kings led by Roosh V, whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, has published such articles as “Rape Culture was Manufactured to Wage an Unjust War Against Men”, “The Deregulation of the Sexual Marketplace”, and “Young Girls are Better than Older Women” and promote a “pro-rape” and violent discussion around women.

Welcome Centre Shelter Executive Director Lady Laforet said Tuesday that the Centre is wanting to work with other local response movements that are quickly springing up on social media to gather and respond to this backwards motion meeting in community.

“The women we serve are marginalized, disenfranchised so to see an event like this in our community? We have to respond for all of us, women and men, to stand together and make groups like this aware ours is not a community they are welcome in or supported by”.

As the only emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Windsor-Essex, Remy Boulbol, the Director of Community Engagement for the Centre, feels the connection personally and professionally. “The Centre will of course be there- we all should be. The misogynistic, homophobic and pro-rape sentiments of this group won’t get traction in our community. With the Take Back the Night committee strong, many women-focused agencies and like-minded individuals in our community becoming aware- we need to make it known, as other communities are, that we won’t stand for this in our community”.

Plans for responses are forming, and Laforet encourages the community to utilize growing social media platforms to make connections and plans on Facebook.

“Action Against Return of Kings is active now on Facebook but needs more support”, said Deanna Malfara, Chair of the Windsor Take Back the Night Committee. “Seek it out, like it, spread it- use it as a platform to create a strong community response to this and in doing so I hope to see hundreds, thousands, of community members out to respond”.

Protesters are encouraged to gather at 7pm.

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