Drawing together: Kingstonians talking about Racism & Anti-Racism

WHAT: In Ferguson, a white cop killed a young, unarmed black man. In Kingston, the local mosque was vandalized, young brown men have been assaulted, the Kingston police profile black men, and racist comments are made on a daily basis. Our workplaces, the cops and our neighbourhoods all perpetuate racism, sometimes through their very nature, sometimes overtly, and sometimes in more subtle ways. We have the ability to change this; it doesn’t have to stay this way!
Join AKA’s Germinations collective for a community conversation about racism in Kingston and strategies to confront it. All welcome!

Lunchtime discussion about how to stop racism in our city. Vegetarian chili provided; feel free to bring a vegetarian dish to share; this is a dry event. Drawing & art materials will also be on hand!

WHEN: Sunday, February 1st, 12pm – 3pm.

WHERE: AKA Autonomous Social Centre, the red & black house on Queen st at the corner of Wellington St, downtown Kingston. (up the ramp). Entrance & bathroom are barrier-free.

Children welcome; please email germinations[at]riseup.net for childcare info and any accessibility needs.

Planned agenda:

1) Introductions, purpose, “ground rules,” lunch!

2) An extremely brief overview of racism in Kingston and some historical & contemporary examples

3) Discussion of our experiences and knowledge of racism in Kingston

4) Examples of community-based responses to racism

5) Discussion of community-based anti-racist strategies

We hope this event can be a valuable contribution to the many initiatives aiming to foster greater anti-racist community Kingston. We do not expect this event to be a “safe space,” but we hope it can be an opportunity to learn, share and build towards a stronger anti-racist Kingston! If you have any questions or concerns about the event, be in touch at germinations(at)riseup.net

Author: levanacentre

Nurturing a radical community, fighting gender oppression, & advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender) in Kingston.

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