Healing Empowering & Reconciliation.
The Oppressors instruments can not be used to help the Oppressed. ( A Sistah)
"For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master's house as their only source of support.” Audre Lorde
Scales of Power - "When we take from you it is plagiarism. When we take from you, it is common knowledge! Always give credit for where YOU acquired the knowledge. Always give credit to marginalized folks for their wisdom." ( A Sistah)
At Equitable Action for Change "WE ARE the communities we serve." (A sistah)
Our programs and activities are designed to be the catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their personal potential. We have a strong respect for the arts and literary values of our diverse Black cultural heritages.
Join us in making an impact, and bring positive change to our marginalized communities.
From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of EQUITABLE ACTION FOR CHANGE. Holding UP and STANDING UP for BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY! (By: A sistah, 2020)
Equitable Action for Change
Equitable Action for Change is a black created, led, focused and serving non-profit organization based in Tkaronto/Toronto Ontario.
Our organization provides a variety of confidential social supportive services.
This work is based traditional Black folk supporting one another - often referred to as "Peer Support." It is us supporting each other from a place of shared cultural, community and struggles. We strive to provide a safe place to meet each other, support one another, refer to appropriate services, learn from past experiences and network. All our Peer Support Workers will be provided with in-depth training.
Direct Peer Support Services; access to harm reduction services and supports; third party service referral, de-escalation, education on safe use/buddy use to mitigate further harms.
Harm Reduction Training - Local Training to other service users and congregate settings on how to work with our communities to prevent further harms.
Our Harm Reduction Program looks at the holistic systemic harms and not just substance faced by Black-identifying communities, especially individuals who hold multiple intersectional identities.
Substance Use Services
Substance Use is a multifaceted issue. Individuals use for a myriad of reasons. As a service we provide Direct Peer Support Harm Reduction Supports and referral to third-party services as needed. We provide referral to addictions services as needed and requested. We provide confidential and non-judgmental services,. We support individuals , where they are at, and their independent ability to make their own decisions.
*We welcome the collaborations of other agencies for efficient referrals to their services as needed. Please call or email us to share your services.
Community Outreach Support
Our community Outreach Supports reach out to various communities across the City to ensure Black-identifying individuals are adequately supported. Our community outreach support will delivered with knowledge and understanding of our communities needs.
Our goal is to remove the negative stigma that is attached to asking for help.
Systemic Harm Support
Understanding systemic harm and its many forms. Knowing your rights, and understanding the underlying concepts attached to how others are treating you is important for protecting yourself and those around you. Our organization provides support and literature, along with keeping up to date with mandates.
In sharing information about individuals basic human rights, access to service and equitable treatment will help build an equitable society for all.
Intermittently Housed/Homeless Communities Supports
Due to the many -isms in our society Homelessness is usually antiquated with drug addiction, low income, "blackness"... - the constant "othering" of vulnerable people! We know these are racist biases perpetuated against the vulnerable and marginalized. In most situations, homelessness is caused by the inequalities and inequities in our society such as the high unemployment rates, lack of access to resources, anti-black racism, anti-2SLGBTQ+... We at Equitable Action for Change are calling for immediate access to safe housing for all. We believe Housing is a basic human right.
Peer Support Services: We provide supports to those who are intermittently housed, homeless through our Outreach and Harm Reduction Services.
Support Services for Sex Workers and Trafficked Individuals
We provide Peer Support services for human trafficking survivors and Victims. We provide Peer supports, referral to third party services and access to Harm Reduction supplies to sex workers as needed.
Anti Gang Violence
We provide direct Peer supports, access to services, referrals, advocacy, facilitations and engagements through physical activity such as facilitations and creative arts. We support individuals and families who have come into contact with the legal system and Children's Aid Service systems.
Why we use this term to refer to our communities, “LGBTTIQQ2SA , Used by Pride Toronto since 2009 to identify most groupings among its members, references 10 communities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, questioning, queer, two-spirited and allies. Jun 24, 2014”
* We consider "Allies" to be some of our biggest supporters and the reason why we are able to do this work. Thank you for always showing up for our communities.
Equitable Action for Change works with our communities to mitigate the harm that comes with the multiple racial disparities faced by black identifying groups.
Our goal is to provide equitable access to services for marginalized and vulnerable populations in the City of Toronto.
Please stand us, sit, write and support us, as WE call for EQUITABLE NOW all Canadians!
Our goal is to provide equitable access to services to marginalized and vulnerable populations in the City of Tkaronto/Toronto.
We are calling for Equitable Now!
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”