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!

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.

 

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.

OPIRG Kingston invites everyone to an open house event at the Grey House!

OPIRG Kingston invites everyone to an open house event at the Grey House!

Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

tumblr_lxjr93DX9S1r5sreeThe Grey House provides a free, positive and open minded space that sometimes goes unnoticed. We welcome everyone in the community to drop in, take a break from the busy day and say hi in exchange for some free snacks, drinks and music. Also drop in to welcome our new coordinator Erica!

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston is     dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. We are predominantly student-funded and student-run, but strive to maintain a balance of support and direction from the wider Kingston community.

Directions: Its the house across the street from Sterling Hall between Victoria Hall and the Harrison Le-Caine Hall (Music building).

Tomorrow FRIDAY May 27th Critical Mass Kingston: Reclaim the Streets!

Friday, May 27 · 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Market Square

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of coming together on our bikes. Reclaim the streets the last Friday of every month and enjoy each others’ company as we have fun riding around the city!

Let’s break free from automobile culture TOGETHER!!

All ages welcome.

Costumes and Signage encouraged!

Kingston launch of Feminism FOR REAL/fundraiser 4 Sex Worker Action Group

Wednesday May 25th from 7pm to 9pm

The Artel

205 Sydenham St.
Kingston, ON

Celebrate the Kingston book launch of Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, edited by Jessica Yee. Co-presented with the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre.

With a traditional Indigenous opening acknowledging the territory, the evening will feature presentations and round table discussions from the editor and several of the book’s contributors. Venue is wheelchair accessible, we regret that the washroom area is not.

Proceeds from the evening will go to support the Sex Worker Action Group of Kingston (SWAG). For more information about SWAG go to http://hars.ca/programs/

For more information about the book go to:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/ourschools-ourselves/feminism-real or contact Erika Shaker at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at erikas@policyalternatives.

ca

Protest Barrick Speaking Tour 6PM Friday May 13th Grey House 51 Bader Lane

Come Hear the Voices and Stories of Communities Directly Affected by Barrick’s Operations Around the World. Who is Barrick Gold? They are the world’s largest gold mining company. Funded and chaired by Peter Munk. With a former Prime Minister on their board and former executives sitting on the board of the Canadian Pension Plan. Barrick enjoys government funding and diplomatic support.

Barrick takes advantage of inadequate and poorly enforced regulatory controls to rob indigenous peoples and communities of their land and livelihoods. They destroy sensitive ecosystems and support brutal military and security operations; suing anyone who reports on it. Impacted communities are coming to Canada to confront Barrick. Sharing their own undeniable perspectives and shedding light on this ongoing corporate impunity. Come out to support them!

Teach-In and Public Meeting About Stopping Prison Expansion in Kingston

NEW DATE AND TIME

Thursday May 12th, 2011
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wilson Room, KFPL, 130 Johnson St

The first half of the meeting will be a teach-in, with EPIC members talking about: What is the relationship between big business and prisons? What is the Conservative agenda for prison expansion? How will corporations profit? How have other communities challenged prison expansion in their towns?

In the second half, attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm strategies for mounting a campaign against prison expansion in our city.

Snacks and refreshments will be available, and childcare provided.

Bring a book for a prisoner!

For more information visit: www.endthepic.wordpress.com

or email epic@riseup.net.

Soul Shakedown African Solidarity Celebration

Soul Shakedown
African Solidarity Celebration

Saturday, April 16
The Mansion, in the Cellar
9:00pm

Join members of the Welcome Project and CFRC 101.9 in raising the money to help a family of African refugees in setting up a home in Kingston.

Soul Shakedown DJs
El Tico,
Redfoot,
And E,
Along with special guests

are gonna be bringing you awesome tunes from Africa, the diaspora, Latin America, South Asia, the Arab world and more.

Come celebrate the end of a school term, the coming of spring, and the many successful initiatives of progressive folks in Kingston. Together we are making this a more welcoming place to be.

SOLIDARITY STARTS WITH THE SOUL!