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York University Black Students’ Alliance Presents… BLACK TO YORK: Rally and Festival | 28 September 2009 @ 3pm

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York University Black Students’ Alliance Presents…

BLACK TO YORK:

Rally and Festival

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What:  Awareness Rally

Where:  York University, Student Centre

When:  Monday, September 28, 2009, 3 PM

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On September 28, 2009, we welcome back all Black students and our allies to York University with a rally and cultural celebration. The purpose of this awareness rally is to raise consciousness on the adverse impact of rising tuition on Black students; to politicize and inspire Black students on this campus to engage in social justice activism; and to build for the November 5 day of action for a Poverty-free Ontario. We will culminate our peaceful assembly with a march to our annual Blackfest celebration. Blackfest is an opportunity for all Black students on campus to congregate in peace and unity and to celebrate the multiplicity of cultures which makeup our communities.

Given the 40% high school drop out rate among this city’s Black students and given that the median economic income for Black families in the G.T.A. hovers at the poverty line, we are particularly concerned by the implications of unaffordable fees and by our under-representation in all levels of the university. Blackfest provides a platform for us to congregate amidst unfavourable social conditions and to celebrate despite enduring systemic barriers which prohibit our full participation in higher education.

We also wish to use this congregation as an opportunity to express our solidarity with the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. We hosted Cynthia McKinney (2008 U.S. Presidential candidate) at this year’s Black Voices Conference and were alarmed by this turn of events. We call for the release of all political prisoners and refugees in Israeli detention centres and an end to the siege on Gaza.

Join us September 28 to kick-off the year with consciousness, culture and action.

With special performances, lively speakers and drumming

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