Levana is campaigning for the AMS Fall Referendum!

Following the approval of our question by the AMS assembly Thursday night, Levana began the campaigning period Friday (lasting until November 3rd) for the Fall referendum. During this time, we will be giving brief class talks about our existing programming and what we intend to use a (opt-ouble and optional) student-fee for! We will also be posting graphics here, as well as our Facebook, that outline briefly the history of Levana and our location (the Grey House), as well as the work that we do. 

The first graphic, outlines our mandate! 

This image outlines the Levana mandate. Find a detailed description below, for more details.

[Image is a description of the Levana mandate. In black and yellow text, the first line reads ‘Vote ‘Yes’ to Levana Nov. 4th and 5th’. The black text in the middle of the page reads ‘The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is a student-funded Queen’s University organization committed to creating and nurturing a radical community of Kingston students and residents. Devoted to fighting gender oppression and advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment for those of any or no gender, Levana operates on anti-oppressive practices. We are committed to confronting all forms of oppression and working to dismantle oppressive systems and hierarchies including patriarchy, racism, white supremacy, colonialism, classism, cissexism, heterosexism, and ableism. Levana exists for anyone in the Kingston community, regardless of whether or not they are Queen’s students.’. On the bottom of the image, there is a black banner with white text that reads ‘Levana Gender Advocacy Centre learn more at levanacentre.wordpress.com’. In the right corner of the banner, there is an image of the Levana logo (which is a fist, with the knuckles facing directly forward)]

LEVANA NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Friends of Levana, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

*****UPDATE:  After a long fruitful day collecting nomination signatures for the AMS Fall Referenda, we now have 413 signatures in total!! Due to our success Saturday, we will NOT be collecting signatures SUNDAY

A HUGE thank-you to everyone that signed up for a shifts, and to all our lovely friends and supporters!!

Stay-tuned for more as we (hopefully!) move forward in the Referenda process!!!******

We have to collect 400 signatures by Monday at 11:30 in order to secure our nomination for the Fall AMS referenda. We faced some unexpected hiccups with our nomination process, so we’re working withinin a much smaller timeframe than we had initially planned.

We’re seeking a bunch of rad folks to spend an hour or more collecting signatures on Queen’s campus tomorrow through Monday. 

If you have an hour to spare to help us get our funding back, please sign up in the following google doc: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12_sykeCIzLQX6zPk87U09ZK8QSkrrHjz-ffAPuakB9c/edit?usp=sharing_eid&invite=CN2g8Vg&ts=562168e9

Levana members will be in the Grey House at 51 Bader Lane throughout the weekend and on Monday morning. You can meet us there at the beginning of your shift to grab a clipboard and bring it back when you’re finished. 

Thank you in advance for your support!!

First Lunchtime Chat Series Event of the Year!

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is pleased to announce our first lunchtime chat of the school year entitled Fucking with Feminisms: Exploring our Relationships to Feminist Thought and Identity

Discussion topics might include: our relationships to feminist identity, different feminist conversations and struggles, challenging white feminism, complicating the ‘wave’ narrative.

A delicious and nutritious lunch will be provided by Levana, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Please bring your own reusable plates, cutlery, and cups so we can minimize our environmental impact!

WHEN: Join us on Tuesday October 13 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm for a facilitated conversation that aims to complicate and expand our collective understanding of different feminisms.

WHERE: The Living room of the Grey House (51 Bader Lane) 
Image is a poster for the event 'Fucking With Feminisms: Exploring our Relationships to Feminist Thought and Identity. Find more information below image.

[Image is a poster for the event. The background is stars in a night sky. In white and black lettering the texts reads ‘A Lunchtime Chat (next line) Fucking with Feminisms: Exploring our Relationships to Feminist Thought and Identity (next line)  Tuesday, October 13th from 12:30- 2:30 (next line) At the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane (next line)  Join us for a facilitated conversation that aims to complicate and expand our collective understandings of different feminisms. A delicious and nutritious lunch will be provided by Levana, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please bring your own reusable plates, cutlery, and cups so we can minimize our environmental impact!]

Feminist Cookout

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On Monday September 14, the first day of fall semester come join organizers, activists, academics, feminists, and folks from all corners of the campus for a cookout on the Grey House lawn! 

Celebrate the kick off of Alt Frosh 2015 and all the great work feminist organizations and organizers have brought to Queen’s while mourning the closing days of summer. The food is free, and we strive to meet as many dietary restrictions as possible – there will be halal, vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and gluten free options available! In order to make this event more sustainable, if you are able please bring your own plate/bowl and cutlery. 

Find the whole Alt Frosh schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1690893354477720/
or
http://opirgkingston.org/events/

This event is brought to you by: OPIRG Kingston, the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre, the Sexual Health Resource Centre – Kingston, ASAP – Awareness of Sexual Assault Prevention, the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), Women in Science and Engineering, Queen’s White Ribbon Campaign, ASUS Equity and Diversity Commission, Half the Sky, SGPS Equity Committee, Collective Reflections, and Performance Outreach for Student’s Social Engagement (POSSE).

OPIRG Kingston Alt-Frosh is here!!!

It is finally here! The Alt-Frosh 2015 masterlist schedule! Check out these awesome workshops, discussions, reading groups, concerts, performance art, and film screenings! Check out all the event details and who is responsible for them at http://opirgkingston.org/events/!

1. The Really, Really Free Market
Sunday September 13, Noon-2pm, Doug Fluher Park. 

2. African Caribbean Student Association Soul Food Sunday!
Sunday September 13, starts at 1pm, the Queen’s International Student Centre in the JDUC

3. The Alt-Frosh Feminist Cookout Kick-off Event!
with OPIRG Kingston and ten other awesome feminist campus organizations
Monday September 14, 6-8pm, the Grey House side lawn (51 Bader Lane)
Check out the event posting here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1622494738011887/

4. The Indigenous Rights History We Have Never Been Taught September 15, 5-7pm, The Red Room in the Kingston Hall

5. Introduction to Anarchism
September 16, 7-9pm, the AKA, the red and black brick building at Queen and Wellington Streets

6. Choosing Inclusive Language: Building Relationships Across Difference
September 17, 2:30-4:00pm, Queen Centre 506,

7. The Indigenous Rights History We Have Never Been Taught
September 18, 1:30-3:30pm, The Red Room in the Kingston Hall

8. Screening Under the Stars “Boy Meets Girl”
September 18, 8pm, on the Grey House side lawn (51 Bader Lane)

9. Take Back the Mic featuring Kama La Mackerel
September 19, 6:30pm open mic sign up, show starts at 7pm, Common Ground in the Queen’s Centre (CoGro) Check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/738294776299738/

10. Writing Race, Writing Ancestry
September 20, 1-3pm in the Grey House Living Room (51 Bader Lane)

11. De-Stigmatizing Sex and (dis)Ability
September 20, 4-5:30pm, location to be announced shortly

12. How To Be Intimate Without Being Sexual
September 21, 3:30-5pm MacCorry Hall E229

13. What’s All This Talk About Divestment?
September 21, 7-9pm, location to be announced shortly

14. Having Hard Conversations: Talking a Friend Through Tough Times
September 22, 7-8:30pm, MacCorry B201

15. QPID Forum: Solidarity and Charity: Approaches to International Development
September 23, 5:30-6:30pm in the John Orr Room in the JDUC

16. Learn to Make Beaded Earrings
September 24, 6-8pm at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

17. Alt-Frosh Concert: ft John River
September 25, doors open at 9, show starts at 10
Check out the facebook event description here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1036148906418948/

18. Social and Environmental Justice Reading Group
September 26, 12-2pm in the Grey House Living Room (51 Bader Lane)

19. Alternative Walking Tour
September 27 at 2:30pm starting at the Grey House (51 Bader Lane)

‘Really Really Free Market’ Happening This Weekend!

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[Image is a photograph of a canvas sign. In multi-colour letters, the sign reads ‘Really Really Free Market’. The sign is strung to the front of a wooden pavilion. There are trees in the background.]

WHAT: A ‘Really Really Free Market’ (RRFM) is a place where all things are free! Bring stuff to give away (not necessary), take stuff you need.

The “free market” benefits big corporations. The “really, really free market” benefits the rest of us. All are welcome, please invite your friends!

Note: we encourage you to take home your items that are not taken if possible.

We will also have snacks and some games!

Note: if you are able to bring a folding table with you that we can use during the RRFM, that would be great! We will have a few on hand.

WHEN: Sunday July 9th from noon to 3pm

WHERE: Douglas Fluhrer Park
Rain Location: 75 Queen St.

Reelout Arts Project Inc. and OPIRG Kingston host ‘Kingston Pride Parade: Supporting our Trans Communities’

Image is a poster for the event 'Kingston Pride Parade: Supporting our Trans Communities'. Poster details below. [Image is a poster for the event ‘Kingston Pride Parade: Supporting our Trans Communities‘. The background is a trans pride flag, a design created by Monica Helms in 1999,[4][5] and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000. It consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the centre. The the centre of the poster in black text it reads ‘SOLIDARITY WITH THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITIES OF KINGSTON & THE REGION.]

WHAT: Join the Reelout Arts Project Inc. and OPIRG Kingston members THIS SATURDAY JUNE 13th at NOON in CITY PARK (off Bagot Street). This year there will be an opportunity to make signs that show your support and love for Kingston’s Transgender communities; or send a message of anger or outrage on how transgender communities are being neglected by both mainstream queer organizing as well as by the larger society. Bristol boards and markers at the tent station.   WHERE: City Park (Corner of Bagot Street and Barrie Street) Kingston WHERE: Saturday June 13th from noon to 3pm

According to Rainbow Health Ontario: – Half of trans people are living on less than $15,000 a year in Ontario. – 20% of trans people in Ontario have experienced physical or sexual assault due to their identity and that 34% have been subjected to verbal threats or harassment. -77% of trans respondents in an Ontario-based survey had seriously considered suicide and 45% had attempted suicide – Trans people in both Canada and the US report high levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination when seeking stable housing, employment, health or social services The Kingston Pride parade will leave City Park at 1pm so make sure you come early to make your sign(s). For those of you who are new to the Kingston Pride Parade, it’s important for you to march in the parade rather than support it from the sidelines. The more the merrier and the greater the visibility the stronger our voices will be heard. This is also a very family-friendly event so don’t feel you need childcare, bring the rug rats along.
FIND THE EVENT ON FACE-BOOK HERE
 
 
 

Soul Shakedown, Summer Edition

Image is a poster for the event 'Soul Shakedown Summer Edition'

[Image is a a poster for the event. The background is fuchsia pink with yellow stars. The text is in the middle of the poster and reads ‘Soul Shakedown’ in yellow’]

WHAT: Come celebrate the summer heat (hopefully) with the Soul Shakedown crew and sweat it out on the dance floor.

WHO: The DJ line-up includes Soul Shakedown mainstays Seditious and Bluestocking, joined by DJs Sealegs and Treebot.

WHEN: Friday, July 3rd at 9pm to 2am

Doors at 9pm. Admission is $8 before 10:30pm and $10 after. This is an accessible venue. 

WHERE: The Grad Club (162 Barrie Street, Kingston)

Proceeds will be donated to Wellington X, that opposes the proposed Wellington St extension and seeks to increase waterfront access and greenspace. Come celebrate the summer heat (hopefully) with the Soul Shakedown crew and sweat it out on the dance floor.
This event is sponsored by the Grad Club and CFRC 101.9 FM.

For more info about the event contact soul.shakedown.collective (at) gmail (dot com or visit soulshakedownkingston.tumblr.com

Hope to see you there!

Chipped Off Performance Collective presents: wasteAWAY

Image is a poster for the event, Chipped Off Performance Collective Presents wasteAWAY. See below for event details.

[Image is a poster for the event, Chipped Off Performance Collective Presents wasteAWAY. See below for all event details]

WHAT: Start talking trash with Chipped Off’s latest creation ‘wasteAWAY’! Bringing together an eclectic collection of local artists, presenters, and performers, the show weaves together a tapestry of ideas around the central theme of ‘waste’. Approaching this subject from a multiplicity of angles, the final product is a profound piece of art meant to incite audiences into rethinking their relationship to all things waste — in whatever form that may take.

WHEN: June 4, 5, 6 @ 8pm
WHERE:The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
$10 or PWYC
Tickets may be purchased at the door

Chipped Off is committed to building an inclusive arts community with accessible services and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is accessible to persons with mobility issues or wheelchair users. 

Because centre is a relatively new building, it may not be accessible to persons with environmental or chemical sensitivities. 

The performance is available in an accessible format and/or with appropriate communication supports including an ASL-English interpreter, upon request. Please contact us at chippedofftheatre@gmail.com by May 22nd so that we can make the necessary arrangements.Start talking trash with Chipped Off’s latest creation ‘wasteAWAY’! Bringing together an eclectic collection of local artists, presenters, and performers, the show weaves together a tapestry of ideas around the central theme of ‘waste’. Approaching this subject from a multiplicity of angles, the final product is a profound piece of art meant to incite audiences into rethinking their relationship to all things waste — in whatever form that may take.

ABOUT CHIPPED OFF: Established in May of 2012, Chipped Off Performance Collective is director/ Queen’s Professor Kim Renders; Queen’s Cultural Studies PhD Student and playwright, Dan Vena; cultural producer Robin McDonald, Queen’s Cultural Studies PhD Student.

Chipped Off Performance Collective believes in the power of art and performance to surprise, enlighten, provoke, astonish, challenge and change. We are committed to presenting work that speaks to the needs and concerns of underrepresented or marginalized communities in Kingston. Embracing a feminist and queer perspective at all times, Chipped Off Performance Collective works to grow and diversify the range of local artistic, cultural, and theatrical production available to Kingston audiences.