Levana Talks Reproductive Justice!

WHAT: Join us for a facilitated conversation on reproductive justice, choice and a discussions around the latest anti-choice organizing on campus and in Kingston.

A delicious vegan and gluten free dinner will be provided. Please bring your own bowl and cutlery to minimize our environmental impart. 

WHERE: The Grey House (51 Bader Lane, Queen’s University Campus)

The venue is wheelchair and scooter accessible and has an accessible gender-neutral bathroom

WHEN: Thursday November 12th 6pm-7:30pm

FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1622446678021331/

Image is a poster for the event 'Levana Talks Reproductive Justice'. Detailed description below.

[Image is a poster for the event. In the text is purple and reads: Nov. 12th 6pm-7:30pm The Grey House, 51 Bader Lane, Levana Talks Reproductive Justice, Join us for a facilitated conversation on reproductive justice. Declicous vegan, gluten-free dinner provided. Please bring your own bowls an cutlery to minimize our environmental impact.’. At the bottom of the poster there is a black banner with white text that reads ‘Levana Gender Advocacy Centre learn more at levanacentre.wordpress.com’. There is also the a picture of a fist in the bottom right corner (the Levana logo) ]

Levana Presents: Science Fiction and Social Justice Reading Group 1st Book!

Image is a poster for the event 'Science Fiction and Social Justice Reading Group reads Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber'. Detailed description below.

[Image is a poster for the event. Background is a the book cover of Nalo Hopkinson’s ‘Midnight Robber’. Text reads Levana Gender Advocacy Centre Presents: Sci-Fi and Social Justice Reading Group, November 25th (Wed) @ 6:30pm, Get your copy at Novel Idea, Stauffer Library, Levana’s Alternative Resource Lending Library, At the AKA Social Autonomous Centre 75 Queen Street, http://www.levanacentre.wordpress.com ]

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s reading group this year is themed “Sci-Fi and Social Justice”! So to honor that theme, the first book of the year will be Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber! 

ABOUT THE BOOK: From GoodReads about Midnight Robber:

“It’s Carnival time, and the Carribean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favourite costume to wear at the festival–until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth–and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life…and set her free.”

Between now and November 25th, grab a copy of the book, give it a read, and then come hang out with other cool folks that read it to talk about it over snacks, tea, and coffee.

LOCATION: We’ll meet at 75 Queen Street (up the ramp) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday November 25th to hang out and chat about Midnight Robber. We’ll also have an opportunity to talk about potential books for the remainder of the reading group series.

75 Queen Street is wheelchair accessible and houses a gender-neutral, single-use washroom on site. It is also a scent-free space; for this reason, we ask attendees to avoid scented products for this evening.

*For questions around accessibility, the chosen venue, the book, or with ideas about the reading group series feel free to contact us at levana/centre@gmail.com. Ask for Avery!*

**If folks want to be able to come, and need/want a round-trip, single-use bus pass in order to do so, please let us know at levana.centre@gmail.com**

WHERE TO FIND THE BOOK:
Novel Idea (w/ discount for mentioning Levana’s reading group!)
Stauffer Library
Levana’s Alternative Resource Lending Library (in our office at 51 Bader Lane, Queen’s Campus)

FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1075252012486132/

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).