Who are we?
Strapped TO is a black queer party collective in Toronto that creates a safe space for queer people of colour. When COVID-19 hit, we made it our mission to continue serving our community. Through events, workshops, and now this fund. "With recent black deaths, our community expressed a need for justice" - Founder, Marisa Rosa Grant. So after connecting with the protest organizers from "Not Another Black Life" (@notanotherblacklife on IG) Marisa decided to create a fund to assist in paying for private legal counsel, and to potentially create asset collateral for bail hearings.
In light of current protest we are looking to generate funding to release and support protestors who end up incarcerated. This bail fund includes any legal fees that may be incurred. In today's current climate we are not sure what the potential outcomes of this peaceful protest will be. This fund is being created as a precautionary measure. We hope to be able to directly support the family of Regis Korchinski with a portion of the protest funds. Please support the family on GofundMe as well.
How will donations be spent?
We are so very thankful for the generous donations received thus far. We've surpassed our goal we are now in a place where we can pay it forward and support other local bail funds. Funds will be dispersed to bail funds that support trans, lgbtq+ folx, and organizations specifically related to Black Lives Matter movements. We are currently contacting these groups and updates will be posted here.
Since we have surpassed our original goal and are happy to donate funds to further support the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. We have made contact with the sister and the family's legal counsel. We will post updates on our instagram when funds have been received.
Though protests here in Toronto have been peaceful, the protests are not over and are continuing (follow @notanotherblacklife for details and updates)
Plan for delivery
Once we make contact with each group and organization, we will work out what electronic payment method works best for them to receive funds (bank transfers, cheque, paypal). You can continue to see updates on funds received by groups here and on our instagram account (@strapped.to).
Have you been arrested?
Should any arrests be made, our legal team has committed to assessing individual cases for representation.
Please send the following info to [email redacted]
Accused full legal name and date of birth:
Arrest date time and location:
Division of arresting officer:
Names, Badge or Car numbers if available:
Have they have had their required bail hearing yet: Y / N
Please note this is only for those being held in regards to current protest efforts triggered by the passing of Regis, George, and Tony.
Please follow @notanotherblacklife for peaceful protest updates
- Shovon Chowdhury
- Emily Sonnenburg
- Chantale Fullard
- Melissa Kudoba