Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets – January Edition [trigger warning: sexual assault, violence, homophobia]


This months edition of the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets is out! Before we get much further however we just want to flag that this content could easily be triggering. Internally there was much discussion around acknowledging the past and what has happened, or eluding to what has been written without saying those awful words. In the end we determined it best to share the words but acknowledge their triggering capacity.

Check out the other Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets posters and stories by going here. Read the whole beautifully written story here Blue Light Campaign 1989.

the COMPLETE list of workshop descriptions and facilitators bios!


A little late, and missing maybe just one piece of information, but we are so excited to release the complete list of all workshops, their times, and who will be presenting them at our Fostering Campus and Community Movements Conference! Click here Workshop and Facilitator Descriptions for the complete document!

If you have any questions or concerns email info[at]opirgkingston.org and we will get back to you as quickly as possible!

Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets – October Edition

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In continuing our series ‘Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets‘ OPIRG Kingston is proud to release the October poster and story, titled: Alfie Pierce.

You can find the story and the poster follow this link.

If you are curious about the People’s History Project or Archive, feel free to email info[at]opirgkingston.org our stop by our office at 51 Bader Lane.

Fostering Campus and Community Movements Conference


OPIRG Kingston is proud to invite members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities, as well as organizers from across the OPIRG network, to our upcoming conference: Fostering Campus and Community Movements, happening from November 21 through to 23.

This conference seeks to be a space where we focus on building the skills critical to fostering movements working towards a more just future. Over this weekend we will bring together activists and organizers from across Ontario and Quebec to offer and share the skills that can often go overlooked or forgotten in our busy movements.

Register for conference here.

While we have yet to release our full schedule, the below is a small insight to the amazing workshops and discussions we have planned:

  1. Panel Discussions: Celebrating Campus and Community Movements here in Kingston and Across Ontario
  2. Supporting and Fostering Volunteers as a Volunteer
  3. Building Coalitions and Alliances
  4. Moving Onlookers to Supporters, and Supporters to Engaged Members
  5. Introduction to Consensus-based Decision Making,
  6. And many more workshops and skill-shares


Check out the Alt-Frosh 2014 Calendar!

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With baited breathe here at OPIRG Kingston we are excited to reveal the Alt-Frosh 2014 calendar!

By working with more than 12 campus and community partners we are excited to offer nearly 25 events over 21 days. Alt-Frosh 2014 is one of our strongest ever, encompassing discussions on race, gender, food justice, language and power, along with so much more.

You can find the schedule under the events tab or at opirgkingston.org/events or below. For more information about getting involved with Alt-Frosh, OPIRG Kingston or any of the groups presenting, get in contact with info[at]opirgkingston.org. For accessibility requests contact orientation[at]opirgkingston.org

1. Prison Town - An Introduction to the Prison Industrial Complex in Kingston September 12, 3pm at Queen's University, Theological Hall Room 102

Home to six federal institutions and more than 2000 prisoners, Kingston is the prison capital of Canada. Join us for an introduction to the prison industrial complex and its history and function within Kingston and Canada, and the politics of prison abolition.

2. Screening Under the Stars: To Be Takei
September 12, 8:15pm, on the lawn outside the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane

Reelout's popular outdoor Queer Film Screening is BACK! Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival is proud to co-present along with the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP) and OPIRG Kingston the Sundance Doc that has audiences and critics alike cheering-- TO BE TAKEI from director Jennifer M. Kroot. This event is will be held on the east lawn of The Grey House (51 Bader Lane) at sunset (around 8:15pm). It is FREE and while this event is part of Queen's Alternative Frosh Week and Queerientation, EVERYONE is welcome. Popcorn and Candy will be available. PLEASE BRING A LAWNCHAIR OR BLANKET as no seating will be provided. This is a wheelchair accessible event.

3. Porcupine Quill Earring Workshop
September 13, 10am at Four Directions Aboriginal Centre 146 Barrie Street

Join the Four Directions Student Aboriginal Centre for an creative workshop on how to make a porcupine quill earring. This workshop is limited in size due to materials so make sure to be prompt. 

4. Alternative Walking Tours of Kingston
September 13, 1pm leaving the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane

Come get a tour of the Kingston community that you didn't get during Frosh or Orientation Week. This walking tour will cover the history of parts of Kingston often untold and the hidden gems of Kingston today. 

5. POCTalk Open Mic Night Featuring Lady Sin Trayda 
September 13, 7pm at the Sleepless Goat, 91 Princess Street

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, mixed race, 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!

This event is open to all members of the Kingston and Queen`s community, Alt-Frosh events are not exclusive to Queen`s students. This is a free event but donations are encouraged to help support POCTalk and emerging artists.

Sign up starts at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
Check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/563691360419585/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

6. Blue is the Warmest Colour Free Film The Screening Room September 14, 7pm at the Screening Room 120 Princess Street

Join OPIRG Kingston for a free film screening of the award winning Blue is the Warmest Colour at the Screening Room in downtown Kingston. Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

7. Blue is the Warmest Colour Discussion Space
September 15, 7pm at the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane

When first screened to the Kingston and Queen's communities, Blue is the Warmest Colour provoked intense debate and discussion about the style of directing, depictions of sex, and queer cinema. Join OPIRG Kingston and the Educating Queer Issues Project (EQUIP) on a discussion on theses themes and more! 

8. Workbees with Loving Spoonful
September 16 and 23, 3:30pm at the Oak Street Community Garden

Help care for food that is produced for donation in the Oak Street Community Garden (Oak St. & Victoria St.) with Loving Spoonful - a local food justice organization! No gardening experience necessary. Transportation available departing from the Grey House at 3:30 and returning from Oak Street at 7 pm. 

9. Words that Hurt: Language, Power and Privilege 
September 17, 7pm at the Red Room, 103 Stuart Street

Words carry a history and power with them. Who uses what words and why can often go uninvestigated and create spaces where certain identities and voices are marginalized. Join OPIRG Kingston and the Queen's Human Rights Department for a participatory workshop on language and power. 

10. Positive Space Training Session
September 21, 1pm, in the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane

Join the Positive Space Program for an open session of the Positive Space Training. Open to all members of the Queen's community, the Positive Space Program strives to ensure our campus celebrates the diversity of sexuality and genders. The training session focuses on the importance of celebrating sexual and gender identities as well as how to build supportive communities that resist homophobia and transphobia. 

11. Diversity Potluck Dinner
September 21, 5pm, at the Grey House 51 Bader Lane

Come and celebrate the foods and the stories they hold with the cultural groups of Queen's campus. Join Four Directions Aboriginal Centre, the Queen's Turkish Students Association and many more at the Diversity Potluck Dinner on the Grey House lawn. 

Have a dish you are particularly proud of? Bring a serving or two and share it with some new found friends. 

Don't forget to bring your own bowl/plate, seal-able dish for leftovers and cutlery. OPIRG Kingston will have some on hand.


OPIRG Hiring

**Update: The deadline has past and we are no longer accepting resumes and cover letters. Thank you to all those who applied!**

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce that we have received funding for two summer student positions! As a result we will be hiring two returning students for three months each at 30.5 hours a week, ideally starting on June 2.

The first position is to continue the work of the People’s History Project and the position description can be found here: PHP Coordinator Job Description.

The second is to help plan and implement our orientation activities and its description can be found here: Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description.

Applications are due Friday May 23 at 4pm and we encourage all eligible students to apply! Any questions or concerns can be sent to info[at]opirgkingston.org.



Call out for: Back to the Basics Conference 2014 Volunteers and Ideas


Back to the Basics is a weekend-long conference, likely near the end of November 2014, that hopes to build and strengthen the foundations of community and campus organizing by instilling and growing skills, tactics, and resources for our movements for a more just future. We imagine a conference that looks at the basics skills it takes to organize in our communities and intend share them and build and improve on them where we can. Think of a conference that asks “how can we improve our reach to some 22,000 students on this campus by using social media?’ or “how can our digital presence be clear and accessible to the nearly 200,000 people in the Kingston area? or “how can I support the volunteers who give so much?” We want to bring answers to these questions from the Kingston and Queen’s communities as well as from across the province here for a weekend of strengthening campus and community movements.

OPIRG Kingston has received a grant for the upcoming school year to host this awesome opportunity for the Kingston and Queen’s communities, this open-to-all, and free, conference will be planned and carried-through by work of the Back to Basics Planning Group and we are excited to be looking for volunteers, ideas and any contributions that can help make this a stunning success.

Want to help out? Want to get involved with any of the work ahead? Contact info[at]opirgkingston.org. We are certain there is a role for everyone interested; plus we promise helping with the organizing of this conference will be a skill building experience by itself.


Queen’s Profs State Their Stance on Feminist Organizing

The letter found below has been circling around the world of facebook, and it being such an important letter, at such an important time, here at OPIRG we thought we would post it for the non-facebook world to see:


“We, the undersigned faculty at Queen’s University, believe in and strongly support feminist enquiry, association, and activism in all societies where people’s status is demeaned on the basis of gender. Feminism has a long and complex history. It, like other political philosophies, has many variants, traditions and streams. Feminists rarely speak with one voice, and they are certainly not only female. But what we have in common is a commitment to equality of all kinds and an abhorrence of violence, both individual and systemic. We see the marginalization of women as complex and intertwined with racialization, colonization, class inequalities, sexual orientation, and global location. Feminists agree that education is key to changing cultures of physical, emotional, and sexual violence and to maintaining hard won rights that must actively be protected. We are outraged at the recent attack on a female Queen’s student, as we are at all acts of violence. We write to show our support for feminist students and feminist work at Queen’s and for everyone who speaks out against violence, discrimination, and injustice. We are proud to have the chance to work with students who are committed to social justice and equality.

Annette Burfoot, Department of Sociology
Petra Fachinger, Department of English
Mary Louise Adams, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Asha Varadharajan, Department of English
Samantha King, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Karen Dubinsky, Department of Global Development Studies
Eleanor MacDonald, Department of Political Studies
Susan Lord, Department of Film and Media Studies
Ellen Goldberg, School of Religion
Katherine McKittrick, Department of Gender Studies
David McDonald, Department of Global Development Studies
Frank Burke, Department of Film and Media Studies
Dia Da Costa, Department of Global Development Studies
Stevenson Fergus, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Kip Pegley, School of Music
Beverley Mullings, Department of Gender Studies
Kim Renders, Department of Drama
Ishita Pande, Department of History
Genevieve Dumas, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Kathleen Lahey, School of Law
Elaine Power, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Natalie Rewa, Department of Drama
Paritosh Kumar, Department of Global Development Studies
Dorit Naaman, Department of Film and Media Studies
Gabrielle McIntire, Department of English
Audrey Kobayashi, Department of Geography
Scott Morgensen, Department of Gender Studies
Brigitte E. Bachmann, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lynne Hanson, Faculty of Law
James Miller, School of Religion
Jan Mennell, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Sylvat Aziz, Department of Art
Joyce Davidson, Department of Geography
Lynda Jessup, Department of Art
Jeffrey Brison, Department of History
Roberta Hamilton, Department of Sociology
Geoffrey Smith, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Jane Tolmie, Department of Gender Studies
Richard Day, Department of Global Development Studies
Gary Kibbins, Department of Film and Media Studies
Marcus Taylor, Department of Global Development Studies
John Freeman, Faculty of Education
Marc Epprecht, Department of Global Development Studies
Elizabeth MacEachren, Faculty of Education
Mark Hostetler, Department of Global Development Studies
Monika Holzschuh Sator, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Robert Lovelace, Department of Global Development Studies
Arial Salzmann, Department of History
Mark Jones, Department of English
Patricia Rae, Department of English
Clive Robertson, Department of Art”

What to participate, share, and work towards what this letter speaks to? Get involved.

Safe(r) Space at the Grey House… Tonight!

Ever asked “what is the Grey House”? Well tonight is your chance to see the Grey House in its beautiful action. Full of organizing feminists, allies, those who simply just want a safer campus to debate, engage, and advance ideas of equity, the Grey House is taking up its historic role as a centre to collaborate and strategize.

6:30pm to 10:00pm in the living room of the Grey House, 51 Bader Lane.

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