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Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto, Yonge-Dundas Square

Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto took place on Monday evening, June 11 2012, in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Organized by area City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. She brought together Faith Leaders, Mothers who lost sons to gun violence, and Community Leaders speaking truth to power:

  • That Truth was the increasing marginalization and lack of economic and social opportunity for young people living in Toronto’s apartment towers
  • That Power would be elected officials who were present for the Vigil as well as people living in an ever increasing number of Toronto’s Condominium Towers

The Vigil opened with rising star Kae Sun singing his song Black Candles and closed with drumming by the Samba Squad Kids.

The rain fell but spirits remained undampened.

In-between were powerful speeches outlining a direction for the City to become free of gun violence.

At 7:04 p.m., word spread during the Vigil that a second victim from the Eaton Centre Shooting had died.

#gunfreeTO @: BREAKING: 22-year-old man shot during incident at the Eaton Centre has died as a result of his injuries, police confirm.
@ear2ear
Mike Warren

It remains to be seen if Monday’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto was just that, a Vigil . . .

OR

. . . if it can overcome that and become a turning point in Toronto’s history ?

 

Following is a Storify of the Vigil with record and reactions on Twitter:


Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto

Community, Faith-Based and Business Leaders HostVigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto Monday June 11 2012, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

Storified by HiMY SYeD · Tue, Jun 12 2012 13:23:06

Details for Mon June 11’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto. http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto #TOpoli #gunfreeTO #safestreetsKristyn Wong-Tam

Community, Faith-Based and Business Leaders Host

Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto  

The City of Toronto was devastated last weekend by the gun violence at the Toronto Eaton Centre. One fatality and seven injured. Neighbourhoods are in crisis and have not been heard. They are now taking their voices to Toronto’s main street.

Join faith-based, community and business leaders at the Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto to learn about how gun violence impacts our City.

SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: KAE SUN

Date:               Monday, June 11, 2012

Time:              6:30 PM

Location:      Yonge – Dundas Square

Emcee:          Roger Petersen, Anchor and Reporter, CityNews

Speakers:
Imam Abdul Hameed

Reverend Doctor John Joseph Mastandrea, Minister, Metropolitan United Church
Colleen Lavallée, resident, Alexandra Park
Elaine Lumley, mother
Kimberley Belle, program participant, Catalyst Program at Scadding Court Community Centre
Marlon Merraro, youth advocate, Alexandra Park
Drummartz group

HiMY SYeD — Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto #gunfreeTO Yonge Dundas Square, Monday June 11 2012himysyed
Families from communities in crisis are uniting for a Gun-Free Toronto on Jun 11 at YD Square. http://eepurl.com/mBpkr #TOpoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Vigil for a Gun-Free #Toronto: Mon, Jun 11 6:30pm at Yonge/Dundas.Paisley Rae
Join @kristynwongtam for a Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto Mon June 11 6:30 pm Yonge/Dundas SqJulia Hanigsberg
Hear from families affected. "@Hanigsberg: Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto Mon June 11 6:30 pm Yonge/Dundas Sq" #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
@kristynwongtam how many gangs, organized crime, & thugs have signed up to give up their guns for a #gunfreeTO ? #topoli #onpoli #cdnpoliLAGO 4 Ever
Update: Kae Sun will make a special musical appearance on Mon Jun 11th, 6:30PM at Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto. #TOpoliKristyn Wong-Tam
In civilized cities, people DO NOT carry guns. Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto http://bit.ly/LgZq7p Monday 6:30 pm http://twitpic.com/9v47hq8-80 Cities
"@kaesun: I’ll be at the Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto tomorrow evening at Yonge-Dundas Square."Mike Layton
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto on Monday June 11, 6:30PM at @YDSquare. http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Really hope to see @TOMayorFord at vigil for gun-free Toronto tomorrow. Saving lives is at least as important as radio shows. #topoliNick Cluley
Please join me at Dundas Square at 6:30 pm on Monday. http://fb.me/1JbMwct47Sarah Doucette
Mothers who lost their children to gun violence will speak out tonight at YDSquare at 6:30PM. We need to listen. #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Youth who lost their friends to gun violence will speak out tonight at YDSquare at 6:30PM. We need to listen. #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Rev John Joseph Mastrandrea & Imam Abdul Hameed to speak about role of faith leaders at tonight’s Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto. #topoliKristyn Wong-Tam
Please join @kristynwongtam & me at the Vigil for a gun free Toronto: Today, Monday @ 18:30 Yonge & Dundas.Glen Murray
Hope to see at this evening’s vigil for a gun free Toronto. We need to vote with our feet and stand together to end the gun violence.Glen Murray
TONIGHT: Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto at YongeDundas Square at 6:30PM http://eepurl.com/mCyDj #TOpoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Please come to the Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto! http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-torontoOBBoy
@kristynwongtam Weird…we tweeted that at exactly the same time. #TOpoli #gunfreeTOOBBoy
Tonight’s YD Square Vigil is about "Youth violence in Toronto and our hierarchy of victimhood" http://bit.ly/LPXGkl cc @TorontoStar #TOpoliKristyn Wong-Tam
Coming together are residents, business & faith leaders for tonight’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto http://eepurl.com/mCyDj #TOpoliKristyn Wong-Tam
Proud to say tonight’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto http://eepurl.com/mCyDj is supported by @toeatoncentre, @DowntownYonge & @YDSquare.Kristyn Wong-Tam
Metric play Sugar Beach, Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto, Windfall, and everything else to do in Toronto on Monday http://now.uz/LflJMqNOW Magazine
Thank you @nowtoronto for promoting Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto – http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=187176 #TOpoliKristyn Wong-Tam
UPDATE: Drum Artz to close tonight’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto at @YDSquare. Check out Samba Kidz at http://www.drumartz.com. #topoliKristyn Wong-Tam
Metric play Sugar Beach, Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto, and everything else to do in Toronto on Monday http://now.uz/LflJMq @ichanneltvKalen
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto today: 6:30 PM, Yonge & Dundas Square (contact: Alina Chatterjee, 416-937-8072, achatte2@toronto.ca)maybemecampaign
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto today: 6:30 PM, Yonge & Dundas Square (contact: Alina Chatterjee, 416-937-8072, achatte2@toronto.ca)METRAC
Today Vigil at Yonge and Dundas square for the shoot out at Eaton Centre … All who can and are in Toronto …please join 630 pm onwards!Koel…
Vigil against gun violence tonight, anyone want to go? http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto @sallyspar @kimberlyasalBronwyn Kienapple
"@TownCrierCrime: Recent examination we did on a community affected by gun violence: http://www.mytowncrier.ca/heartbreak.html" #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
#DSQ #vigil calls for a #gun-free Toronto http://bit.ly/Lvn6a5CityNews Toronto
@kristynwongtam: tonight’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free #Toronto http://eepurl.com/mCyDj @CBCToronto @Dalton_McGuinty @caseyoraaTrevor MS
@kristynwongtam @toeatoncentre Proud to be a supporter of the Vigil for United Gun-Free Toronto! Tonight at @YDSquare http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a7b1649d62648c28fe207f664&id=81479e378eDowntown Yonge BIA
#Vigil for a GUN-FREE Regents Park/Toronto TONIGHT. Advocates, victims and community to speak at Yonge/Dundas Sq… http://fb.me/1hjsW7k1A$ N I T C H L A D Y
“@CityNews: #DSQ #vigil calls for a #gun-free Toronto http://bit.ly/Lvn6a5”Great ideaAndrew Marriott
Vigil calls for a gun-free Toronto via @CityNews http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/209815–vigil-calls-for-a-gun-free-torontoDowntown Yonge BIA
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto is about bringing community voices to our mainstreet. http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Learn why what happens in our distressed neighbourhoods matters to everyone in Toronto. http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Come to @YDSquare Yonge-Dundas Square at 6:30 p.m. for the Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-torontoDowntown Yonge BIA
Touching stories from mothers who lost children to gun violence at tonight’s Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto. http://ward27news.ca/vigil-for-a-united-gun-free-toronto #topoliKristyn Wong-Tam
There’s a "Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto" at Dundas Square tonight at 6:30 PMMatt Blair
Wish I could be at Vigil for a United Gun-Free #Toronto. There in spirit. #GunFreeTO #LetsStartSomething @kristynwongtam @Glen4TCJeff Perera
Vigil calls for a gun-free Toronto – CityNews: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/209815#.T9ZdpfiOKiA.twitter #topoli "musical performance by Kae Sun" 6:30 @ Dundas Square!sandy carroll
@kristynwongtam wish I could join the fight for #gunfreeTO @ tonights vigil at #DSQ , thk u for your efforts!Steve Ulrich
Residents, business & faith leaders coming together for tonight’s Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto http://eepurl.com/mCyDj #topoliiamdavidmiller
#TOcouncil lors @DoucetteWard13, Adam Vaughan, @KristynWongTam [Pam McConnell, @Ward18AnaBailao]were at #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vgxf0HiMY SYeD
Thank you to Cllrs Vaughan, McConnell, @Ward18AnaBailao, @DoucetteWard13 and Minister @glen4TC for the support. #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Heading to Vigil for a United Gun-Free #Toronto at YongeDundas square 6:30pm http://eepurl.com/mCyDj #gunfreeTOMelinda Maldonado
Started drizzling at Yonge-Dundas Square. @kristynwongtam, @Glen4TC here already, along with over a dozen bike cops. #gunfreeTOPope Shakey
Roger Petersen takes the stage. #gunfreeTO http://lockerz.com/s/216382431Pope Shakey
#gunfreeTO http://lockerz.com/s/216382669Pope Shakey
.@HiMYSYeD is here. He organized the vigil after Jane Creba’s shooting just up the block in 2005. #gunfreeTOPope Shakey
It’s raining. #gunfreeTOPope Shakey
Rev John Joseph Mastandrea, Metropolitan United Church (Right); Minister Church of Holy Trinity (Left). #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vh125HiMY SYeD
Rev Mastandrea discusses the shooting. #gunfreeTO http://lockerz.com/s/216383532Pope Shakey
At the Yonge Dundas Square Vigil. Sparse. Come on Over. #TOpoliShelley Carroll
"@PopeShakey: Rev Mastandrea discusses the shooting. #gunfreeTO http://lockerz.com/s/216383532" shalom, salam, nemaste, peaceAnge Kinnear
Minister from Trinity Church (next to Eaton Centre) had 2 murders near him in the last while. #gunfreeTO http://lockerz.com/s/216384759Pope Shakey
Was unable to tweet the bulk of #gunfreeTO as I was holding an umbrella.Pope Shakey
"Peace isn’t absence of violence, peace is absence of need for violence" ~RegentPark’s Elaine Lumley Vigil for a Gun-Free Toronto #GunFreeTOJeff Perera
Thank you to everyone for their support at the vigil. Despite the heavy rain, the powerful stories from communities were heard. #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Thank you to our MC Roger Peterson from @City_tv. You were wonderful & made it all look so easy in the pouring rain! #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Singing a song that sadly had to be resung, @kaesun opened the Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto. #gunfreeTO — http://twitpic.com/9vgytyHiMY SYeD
A super big thank you to rising star @kaesun for starting us off with his powerful song, Black Candles! #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Colleen Lavallée, resident of Alexandra Park: ‘…we’re losing the kids BEFORE they pick up the gun…’ #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vh1z3HiMY SYeD
Mother speaks… #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vh39uHiMY SYeD
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto. #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vh3qtHiMY SYeD
@dalegoldhawk Had to leave Vigil Early to get to Goldhawk Live. Wet night for the vigil. #TOpoliShelley Carroll
Her son’s 2005 gun murder remains unsolved. She’s a member of UMOVE ( http://TorontoWiki.org/UMOVE ) #gunfreeTO — http://twitpic.com/9vh51hHiMY SYeD
#gunfreeTO @CP24: BREAKING: 22-year-old man shot during incident at the Eaton Centre has died as a result of his injuries, police confirm.Mike Warren
Undampened spirits as Rain fell upon Yonge-Dundas Square during Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto. #gunfreeTO — http://twitpic.com/9vh95cHiMY SYeD
Had the honouring of MC’eeing the United Gun Free Toronto rally org by @kristynwongtam. Brilliant speakers with a clear message. #gunfreeTO.Roger Petersen
Vigil for a United Gun-Free Toronto #gunfreeTO opened w Black Candles by @kaesun & closed with @SambaSquad Kids… http://twitpic.com/9vhay2HiMY SYeD
Sad news. "@CBCAlerts: 22-year-old Eaton Centre shooting victim dies of injuries. Toronto police say man died on Monday evening." #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
@rogerfpetersen Thank you doing such an amazing job. You were wonderful! #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Mothers, faith leaders, youth representatives & musicians were powerful voices in the rain at the Vigil for United Gun-Free Toronto tonightAbigail Gamble
@kristynwongtam @Ward18AnaBailao @DoucetteWard13 @glen4TC Sorry I had to leave early for Goldhawk. Glad it went well. #topoli #gunfreeTOShelley Carroll
@shelleycarroll Thanks for coming out Councillor. Even the pouring rain couldn’t keep us down! #topoli #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Listening to the powerful lyrics of Black Candles at http://www.kaesunmusic.com. Thank you @kaesun for standing with the community. #gunfreeTOKristyn Wong-Tam
Blue Jay @Blawrie13 broke #EatonCentreShooting story; Tonight, man wears his shirt in EC. #gunfreeTO http://twitpic.com/9vimarHiMY SYeD
Check out Globe and Mail page A15. Update on #eatoncentreshooting #gunfreeTO in the print edition!Melinda Maldonado
Second Eaton Centre shooting victim dies of injuriesA 22-year-old man who was shot at the Eaton Centre last week has died of his injuries, Toronto police say. The man, whom police say they …
Man shot at Wilson Avenue restaurant, just hrs after anti-gun vigil http://ow.ly/bwgloCityNews Toronto
A vigil at Yonge-Dundas Square for the victims of the Eaton Centre shooting brings out impassioned speakers. http://stjo.es/MzKOj4Torontoist
RT @NOWTorontoNews: Rally for a gun-free Toronto http://now.uz/Mpz0TO #TOpoliNOW Magazine
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