February 12, 2014
I can not accept Rob Ford openly speaking and acting in ways that promote homophobia, bigotry, and hatred.
That's not what Toronto is about. This is a city of diversity, acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion, where we welcome everyone, of all nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and cultures.
Up until now, Ford has been primarily hurting himself. Yes, he's greatly damaged the reputation of this city; yes, he's drawn the office of the mayor into disgrace. Yes, he should have resigned many months ago.
But now? - now, with his open repudiation of the Pride parade and his repeated attempts to have the ceremonial Pride flag taken down at City Hall, he's shifted into a new, even more dangerous mode - one of actively, deliberately seeking to hurt others. In order to score cheap political points with the basest elements of his base of supporters.
By his comments and behaviour, Ford is harming the LGBT community in Toronto specifically and the greater city generally, emboldening bigots, and making this city meaner, smaller, colder, and less welcoming.
I cannot watch and do nothing while this is taking place.
I refuse to allow Rob Ford to continue to abuse the office of the mayor and to disgrace and degrade this city and to inflict deliberate harm on its citizens.
To that end I'm working to organize a permanent sit-in in front of Ford's office at City Hall.
This website - which I'm in the process of building - will contain tools to allow anyone to sign up to participate in the sit-in. The idea is anyone can drop in, whenever they can, for as short or long a time as they can. To have a constant, rotating shift of citizens present in front of his office, all day, every day, demonstrating through their peaceful presence that we are not a city that accepts Rob Ford's behaviour and that we will not rest until he is no longer in office.
As much as we might like to drop everything and spend all of our time demonstrating, we all have jobs and responsibilities and obligations. But having a rotating sit-in allows us to fit genuine, meaningful, direct civic protest into our lives.
So come out and join in!
I'm beginning the sit-in today, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at around 1pm.
I'll be there myself for at least two hours.
If you'd like to join, just show up at City Hall. It's open to the public. Rob Ford's office is on the second floor. You can walk right up.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can follow ongoing developments on Twitter at http://twitter.com/robfordmustgo
This is our city. And Rob Ford must go.
See you there,