October 12, 2016 – “Standing Together: Arts and Community” Event

The Hintonburg Community Association along with Councillor Jeff Leiper (Kitchissippi Ward), The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and the family of Abdirahman Abdi along with many others will be holding a Community Arts event on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Somerset Square.

The community event titled, “Standing Together: Arts and Community” offers a lovely autumn afternoon of prayers, live art, children’s activities, sports, music and food. “The purpose of this event is to bring back the spirit and peaceful hustle and bustle that was lost on that fatal day of July 24, 2016, when Abdirahman Abdi lost his life at the footsteps of 55 Hilda,” said Jeff Leiper, one of the key organizers of the event. Councillor Leiper has also noted that “Many who were witnesses to the traumatic death of Abdi, including young residents of the neighborhood, have not had an opportunity to confront those feelings and move past them. This event will use art as a creative outlet for healing and community building.”

Organizers welcome everyone to this event, especially those touched by the senseless killing of Abdirahman. “Our hope is that people come together in resilience and to transcend pain and loss through words, paint and artistic expression,” said the chair of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition. “This event is also a means for the family of Abdirahman to respond to the outpouring of love and support they have received. It is an opportunity for the Abdi family to break bread with all their neighbors and those who have shown their love and support to them in their time of difficulty,” she added.

Highlights

(11:00am-3:00pm)
Activities & Food: Art Workshops & Live Art; Art Auction, Bazaar, various visual and spoken word artists from across the city Food*: BBQ, baked goods, Somali sambuusa

*For sale; All proceeds will go to the Abdi family

(12:30pm-1:30pm)
Speakers: Land acknowledgement by Greg Mistawasis
Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey
Imam Samy Metwally
Lawyer for Abdi family, Lawrence Greenspon
Councillor Jeff Leiper

Mental health support space and workers will be available throughout the day and will be easily identifiable. This event is organized by the Hintonburg Community Association, Office of Jeff Leiper (Kitchissippi Ward City Councillor), The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Somerset West Community Health Centre, OCISO, House of Paint, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa Muslim Association and the family of Abdirahman Abdi.

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