POCTALK KINGSTON Open Mic Series Featuring Brandon Wint

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Clear your schedules for this super rad event folks.

ABOUT POCTALK: POCTALK was born in the conversations, solidarity, struggle, and fed up feels of a few local people of colour. This event aims to give a space and a mic to self-identified people of colour and/or indigenous people to share their poetry, stories, jokes, songs, histories, resistance, and lives. POCTALK seeks to create community for us, challenge the communities that are unsafe for us, and foster room for our narratives to be brought together. Come out, come speak, come listen!
FEATURE ARTIST: Our feature artist for January is the very talented BRANDON WINT. Brandon Wint is an Ottawa-based writer and poet who has graced stages and captured the attention of audiences across Canada with his unique spoken word performances since 2008. Through his insightful performance pieces, Wint encapsulates the subtle and remarkable beauty of the human condition. As a poet who has been part of two Canadian Festival of Spoken Word championship teams, and as one who has traveled the country performing poetry for diverse audiences, Wint has been exposed to many styles of poetry, many ways of relating, and many different artistic aesthetics. By now, he is a veteran of the Canadian spoken word community, having done well over 100 performances, both as a solo artist and as part of The Recipe Poetry Troupe. His spoken word pieces have been recorded and included on four compilation albums, and his poetry has been published in national anthologies. Brandon is a poet of unique national distinction and renown, and he is happy to be a part of what makes this show a beautiful and memorable experience.
WHERE: THE SLEEPLESS GOAT
WHEN:
January 10th
Sign-up @ 7.30 Show @ 8.00
              $5/PWYC
This an accountable space- no misogynist/queerphobic/racist/oppressive content tolerated at this event.
Find the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/618885321480993/?ref=br_tf

We’re selling copies of Certain Days: The 2012 Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar!

Copies of Certain Days: The 2012 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar are available for purchase in our office! 

The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto, and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State and California: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell.

Today’s anti-war, anti-globalisation, and anti-colonial movements are rooted in the history of earlier struggles for justice, including the mass movements of the 60s and 70s. Many of the political prisoners and prisoners of war featured in this calendar were organisers during that period: members of the Black Panther Party, or the American Indian Movement; Puerto Ricans fighting for their homeland, or white anti-racist allies working in solidarity with oppressed peoples. Some of them have been in prison SINCE THAT TIME – 35 years or more. Yet these prisoners are not relics of past movements; they are still active in their political work, and despite the hardships of organising in prison, they continue to organise for justice in the present day, justice behind bars and justice on the streets. This calendar is our tribute to them.

Free all political prisoners!
Free all prisoners of war!

This year’s calendar theme is COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now. The calendar is filled with 42 gorgeous full-colour pages of art & writing! And it’s only $12! Makes a very meaningful gift, too.

Learn more about Certain Days!

And stop by our office to purchase a copy!

3rd Annual Kingston Zine Fair!


The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre will be tabling at the 3rd Annual Kingston Zine Fair TOMORROW with selections from our growing zine library! Stop by and pick up some new reading material!

3rd Annual Kingston Zine Fair
Saturday, October 29th — 11am to 5pm
The Artel (205 Sydenham St.) 

The space is wheelchair accessible.

Check out the facebook event.

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Persepolis”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is graphic novel The Complete Persepolis (#1 & 2) by Marjane Satrapi.Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads The Complete Persepolis'.

“Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.”

The book is available for purchase at bookstores like Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

*Rescheduled* Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Fledgling”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler.

Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads Fledgling'.

“Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.”

“Fledgling doesn’t just resurrect the pale trappings of vampire lore, it completely transforms them in a startlingly original story about race, family and free will.” – Washington Post

The book is available for purchase at bookstores like Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL Central branch and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
*WHEN: rescheduled!* Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Feminism FOR REAL”

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism edited by Jessica Yee.

“Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism”, who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.”

The book is available for purchase at Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) and for a limited time in the Levana Centre (come visit us in the Grey House!) with a third of proceeds going to support the Sex Worker Action Group of Kingston. Or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Queeriot in Kingston!

Queeriot 2011 is a radical convergence in Kingston from July 8-10 to bring queers together across lines of difference. As a centre of the prison industrial complex and the birthplace of the colonial nation called Canada, Kingston embodies the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. We’re calling on queers to cum together to disrupt this shit. Our skills, knowledge and bodies are weapons in this fight.

Following a successful Queeriot in Guelph in 2010, we are reconvening, and we want to think about and resist not only the way that mainstream gay organizations have fucked up queer organizing, but also the way that mainstream (often settler, often white) radical queer organizing can reproduce oppressive hierarchies.

Queeriot aims to create communities of resistance and solidarity that are anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-ableist, trans-positive, feminist, empowering, strong, critical, loving, supportive, inclusive, sex-positive, accountable and accessible. People, no matter how queer, who seek to reproduce the kinds of violence we are resisting or create divisions within our communities based on gender or sexual identity are not welcome. We seek to be always challenging and resisting sexism and misogyny within our communities.

Join the Queeriot!

Want to help us shake up Kingston during Queeriot? We’re looking for like-minded folks to contribute in a variety of roles.

Send your workshop or event ideas, offers of skills or support, feedback, questions or resources to queeriot2011@fire-storm.net by June 1st, 2011.

This is not a conference! Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge in an open, anti-expert style.

email: queeriot2011@fire-storm.net
web: http://www.queeriot2011.tumblr.com

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Looking for inspiration?
Consider sharing knowledge related to direct action skill sharing, DIY skill sharing, queer strategies for critiquing settler/colonialism, anti-homonationalism and anti-homonormativity, queer Indigeneity and Indigenous solidarity, qpoc positive movements and queer antiracist activism, anti-racist theory and practice, critiquing the military industrial complex and the prison industrial complex, community accountability/alternative forms of justice, radical queer (dis)ability politics, solidarity with Palestine and other occupied territories, anti-capitalism and anti-consumerism, trans, genderqueer and gender-variant access, resistance and representation, HIV/AIDS activism, forming radical queer communities and families, safer sex and creating cultures of consent, body positivity, sexual liberation, sex work and sex worker activism, anti-poverty and food security, queer migrant and refugee rights, resisting sexism, femmephobia, partiarchy and transmisogyny, and any other radical ideas you might have!