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

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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.

HAPPENING TOMORROW NIGHT (March 27th @ 4-7pm) !

WHAT: Trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning food share and meet-up @ Doug Fluhrer Park

Description of event:

On Thursday, May 28th @ Doug Fluhrer Park there will be a space to come together and eat for those who are trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, or questioning their gender. 

Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring food, bring blankets, bring whatever makes you comfortable 🙂 

no one will be turned away but we ask that trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning folks are at the centre of this event.

******* Wondering what Gender is?*******

not everybody knows what gender is and that’s totally okay. 

gender is hard to define and is not limited to the following definition by any means. gender is best left up for the individual to define for themselves so please be respectful of each person’s definition and how it has formed their identity 🙂 

gender is how we think of ourselves…
… as masculine (like “men”) or feminine (like “women”) 
or both of these 
or neither of these
or all three 
or somewhere in between 
or something completely unrelated to masculine (“man”) or feminine (“woman”)

gender is not limited to these definitions.

gender is something that can shift and change for a person, but stays consistent or the same for others

gender is diverse and unique and we must respect how each person defines gender for themselves 

we will have name tags to write your preferred name and gender pronoun, if you’d like to 

pronoun examples are: ze, she, they, he, etc., but there are many pronouns and it’s best to ask respectively what pronouns a person would like you to use while referring to them 

See you Thursday for some good food! 

WHEN: Thursday, May 28th 

4:00pm- 7:00pm

WHERE: Douglas Fluhrer Park — located on water front of the Cataraqui River, there’s a parking lot and place to enter on foot from wellington st, and on the otherside, you can get to the park from cataraqui st (same street as the boiler room). 

please send Trans Organizing Kingston a message if you need help finding the park 

if it rains, we’ll meet and eat at the artel/AKA at 75 Queen St…. we’ll keep you updated on the date of this event

Please keep in mind that the park is on land that belongs to the haudenosaunee and anishinaabe first nations people, and we need to respect that 

there will be a barbeque grill,

and someone to barbeque for you if you want or need that

please bring your own bowl and eating utensils we’ll have some extras but it will be easier if most people could bring their own 

please bring food to share or just something for yourself and we’ll try and get everyone fed

please come even if you can’t bring any food, everyone will be fed regardless of what they bring 

FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK