!NSTIGATE 2010: Anti-Poverty Rant-In

!nstigate 2010 is an interdisciplinary, community-based conference on poverty.  It will address disconnections between academics, activists, and impoverished communities to create dialogue across disciplines and social boundaries in order to challenge existing institutions that reproduce inequality and marginalization.

The goals of this conference are to provide a safe space for people in poverty and those committed to poverty issues to present their ideas and  experiences. Participants are encouraged to present in a manner in which they feel most comfortable, whether that be a traditional panel or through workshops, roundtable discussions, artistic media, etc.

In addition, the aims of the conference are to identify, incorporate, and support other anti-poverty initiatives in Kingston, including the establishment of a networking hub at Queen’s University for activists, advocates, social justice organizations, and academics to share information on poverty issues, research, and anti-poverty initiatives in Kingston Ontario.

Day 1 – Oct 14th – Schedule of events

Registration 8:30am-all day

10:15am-12:00pm: PANELS & WORKSHOPS


1A Welfare, Activism, & Ontario Works: Historical & Contemporary

McLaughlin Room

Facilitator: Candice Pilgrim

1) Cate Prichard, York, “Funding Social Change?: The United Way Community Fund of Greater Toronto Encounters the Welfare Rights Movement, 1969-1973”

2) Tara Kainer, “Kingston’s Low Income Needs Coalition”

3) Cheryl Athersych, York U, “Ontario Works: Working For Whom?”

1B Environmental Justice and Labour

Robert Sutherland Room

Facilitator: Aric McBay, Special Introduction “Prison Farms in Kingston”

1) Usman Mushtaq, Queen’s, “Site 41 in Simcoe County: A case of anti-poor, anti-indigenous, anti-community engineering monologues”

2) Luisa Lucero, Guelph, “The Hidden Consequences of a Softwood Lumber War”

3) Bridget Doherty & Ted Hsu, Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation Office of the Sisters of Providence; and Ted Hsu of SWITCH: “Green Jobs and Poverty Energy”

1C ”Solidarity Building between Community and Academe” Working Group (Presentation & Workshop)

John Orr Room

Facilitators: Annie Chau, Jeff Welsh, and Michelle LaMarche

1D Destigmatizing Poverty: A Transformative Teaching and Learning Workshop

Polson Room

Facilitator: Laura Kinderman

12:00-1:30 Lunch BBQ, City Park by the Peer Support Group

1:30-3:00pm: PANELS & WORKSHOPS

2A Women Leadership in Anti-poverty Struggles

McLaughlin Room

Facilitator: Sayyida Jaffer

1) Julie Lalonde, Carleton, “The Road to Grandma’s House: Elderly Womyn as Poverty Resisters”

2) Ryan Higgitt, Queen’s U, “Women’s Leadership Building as a Poverty Reduction Strategy: Lessons from Bangladesh”

3) Pamela Cross, Ontario Women’s Justice Network, “The Movement to End Violence Against Women and Women’s Poverty”

2B Social Determinants of Health, Poverty, & Healthcare

Robert Sutherland Room

Facilitator: Carolyn Prouse

1) Abe Oudshoorn, Western, “Policy as a Barrier to Healthcare for Homeless Persons”

2) Therese Tisseverasinghe, U of O, “Healthcare: A Moral Perspective”

3) Louise Bark, wheelchairdemon.blogspot, “Disability: Trying to Avert a Lifetime Sentence of Poverty”

2C Roundtable: Access to Higher Education at Queen’s in “Times of Budget Crisis”

John Orr Room

Chairs: Dana Olwan and Anne-Marie Grondin

2D Cultural Resistance to Economic Violence

Polson Room
Facilitator: Kristiana Clemens, CFRC

1) Kevin Partridge, SFU, “Cultural Resistance: The Power of Punk”

2) Candace Mooers, (HCAP – Halifax Coalition Against Poverty Radio), “Anti-Poverty Airwaves: Dignity Through (Radio) Resistance in Fredericton and Halifax”

3) Gretchen King, (CKUT/Montreal), “History of the CKUT Homeless Marathon and Archive”

2E Anti-poverty Documentaries: Film Screenings & Discussion

JDUC Rm #351

Facilitator: Matt Salton, ReelOut

1) “The Unity Project” (15min) (Andrea Schofield, York/Ryerson)

2) “Out on the Street” (11min) (Ilona Alex Abramovich, U of Toronto – OISE)

3:00-3:30pm Refreshments

Wallace Hall

3:30-5:15pm: PANELS and WORKSHOPS

3A Gender, Age, and Sexuality: Intersections of Poverty Experiences

McLaughlin Room

Facilitator: Julie James

1) Stephanie Rattelade, Uof O, “Social Networks, Social Support, and Poverty in Women: A Theory Review”

2) Stacey Bishop, Simon Fraser, “‘The Right to Peace and Quiet’: Anti-poor grassroots activism and the expulsion of sex workers in Vancouver’s West End, 1980-85″

3) Ilona Alex Abramovich, U of Toronto-OISE, “LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: A Growing Epidemic”

3B Methodological Concerns: Challenges of Activist-Oriented Research

Robert Sutherland Room

Facilitator: Jobb Arnold

1) Jason Michael Webb, York U, “One Dollar Down: The Invisible Structures of Classism in Canada and Their Implications for Ethnographic Fieldwork”

2) Jessica Braimoh, McMaster, “At-Risk Youth”: The Situated Complexity of Stigmatized Identities”

3) Anita Jack-Davies, Queen’s U, “I will teach anywhere but there”: Problematizing issue of race and place in ‘inner city’ schooling and implications for teacher education”

3C Health and Wellness: Injustice and Activism

John Orr Room

Facilitator: Andrew Stevens

1) Melanie Bedore, Queens U, “Poor retail food access as social injustice: A study of North Kingston”

2) Andrew D. Pinto (Health Providers Against Poverty), and Lisa Schofield (OCAP)”, Addressing poverty to improve health: the Special Diet Clinics”

3) Dr. Adam Newman, Kingston Street Health

3D Recognizing Privilege: Academe, the Community, and Activism

Polson Room

Facilitator: MaryAnne Laurico & (TBA)

Format: Roundtable Discussion

3E Moving from Charity to Solidarity in the Contours of African Struggles in the Global North and South

Room #351

Facilitator: Toby Moorsom

1) Dr. May Chazan, Carleton, “Linking Across Distance and Difference: Critical Perspectives on Building Grandmother-to-Grandmother Solidarity”

2) Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Ryerson, “The Racialization of Poverty in Canada and Globally”

3) Dr. Eliza Johannes, Central Washington U., “Empowering Pastoralist Women: States, Security, and Poverty”

4) OCAP, “Africans and Activism in Canada” (TBA)

5:15pm -6:30pm: Reception and Dinner

Wallace Hall


Wallace Hall

Introduction: David Thompson

Plenary: Francis Fox Piven: “Fighting Poverty in an Age of Austerity”

8:00pm: Opening “Below the Line” Sound Installation and Reception by Kristina Clemens and Project Participants

The Artel (205 Sydenham)