The Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) calls on the community to speak out against Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in Hamilton on January 9 at Hamilton Place.
WAWG is deeply concerned that Mr. Cosby’s performance is proceeding in our community, despite the numerous, public allegations of sexual violence from over 20 women (to date).
We question the support of alleged rapists and are especially concerned about the message this sends to survivors of abuse and violence – that celebrity and
entertainment are more important than taking a strong stand on violence against women.
We have contacted Global Spectrum and have been told that for contractual issues they cannot cancel the date. While we understand this, it appears that other communities have been able to cancel performances (e.g. Las Vegas, New York, Iowa, Arizona, South Carolina, and Illinois).
We therefore ask the public to contact Global Spectrum at (905) 546 3050 and/or email Scott Warren, General Manager for Hamilton at swarren@Globalspectrum.
com and Frank Russo, Senior Vice President of Business
Development for Global Spectrum, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know that you believe that the well being of everyone of our community is more
important than a contract – ask them to cancel the show.
If the event is not cancelled, WAWG will proceed to organize a peaceful gathering outside the venue on January 9. We would like to emphasize that at
the gathering we will not tolerate any behavior that is oppressive, rather we hope this is an opportunity for everyone to support all victims of violence.
WAWG is a coalition of over 20 community agencies in Hamilton, working to eradicate violence against women and their children.
For media inquiries or interview requests please contact:
Member of the Action Committee
Director at SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre
905 525 4573
Chair of the Action Committee of WAWG
Aboriginal Healing and Wellness
Coordinator for the Hamilton Regional
905 548 9593
For any other questions or concerns, please visit us at our website -wawg.ca – and contact us via the online form.