Rogers Sports & Media is encouraging Canadians to #SpeakUp against Racism.
The little booth on the streets of downtown Toronto has been replaced by technology and social media, but it was never about the booth. It was about giving Canadians a place to be seen and heard and now, amid the current social discord surrounding systemic racism and injustice, there has never been a bigger – or more timely – need for Citytv’s Speakers Corner.
“With racial inequality, hatred, and discrimination still so prevalent, we as a society must do better. We have a unique responsibility to engage Canadians in conversation through our media assets and help be a catalyst for positive change by amplifying voices that have not always been heard with equal measure,” said Jordan Banks, President, Rogers Sports & Media. “Canada has systemic inequalities, and we must firmly embrace inclusion and equality as it will lead to a stronger and more united society for future generations.”
Starting today, Canadians are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions via video on either the Speakers Corner website or on social media with the hashtag #SpeakUp. Videos will be featured on the Speakers Corner webpage, with a selection of submissions shared across Rogers Sports & Media’s suite of assets including Citytv, CityNews, OMNI Television, Sportsnet, Rogers TV, and various Rogers Radio stations across the country.
Speakers Corner first launched in 1990 and quickly became a popular destination for Canadians who had something to say, informing audiences on Citytv for decades.
Rogers Sports & Media will continue the conversation with a virtual CityNews & OMNI Television Town Hall next week, whereby prominent Canadians will share their views and opinions on the need for change in the fight against racism and inequality. Further details to be shared over the coming days.