Rad Frosh is a series of events occurring in September and October aiming to introduce incoming and returning students to grassroots community organizing and social justice initiatives on and off campus. This series will include workshops, film screenings, concerts, panels, etc., and will be led by a diverse group of community organizers involved in a variety of local projects. Rad Frosh seeks to create opportunities for incoming and returning students to become involved in movements for social and environmental justice.
It’s been “the good, the bad and the ugly” so far, and it’s not over yet!
Come out, eat and chat with old and new friends to help celebrate what the Save Our Prison Farms campaign has achieved so far and to recharge for what we can do in the future. Let’s have some fun!This is a potluck, so bring your favourite dish, plates and some utensils. There are plenty of recreational facilities at the park (sports fields, splash pad, shady areas) so consider bringing soccer balls, swimsuits and picnic blankets as well.
Kris & Dee will be providing musical entertainment and a mic will be available to share your brief and succinct reflections on the movement so far.
Soul Shakedowm returns with a summer edition! Come out to hear Djs El Tico, Seditious, Grenadier and Omid as they spin latin fusion, hiphop, klezmer/balkan/roma, and trance/persian. + special guests!
The Wine Cellar–@ The Mansion, 506 Princess St., Kingston
Doors will open at 9:30, and this is a 19+ event.
Cover will be $6 before 10:30pm, and $8 thereafter.
…This is Soul Shakedown’s first party in the Wine Cellar, so make sure to come check out this amazing space.
Proceeds of this event will benefit the G20 Legal Defense Fund.
Calling folks with video cameras. I am making a documentary film on the closure of Canada’s Prison Farms and need videographers. You don’t have to be a professional or even have much experience filming, maybe you have your own camera, maybe you don’t but think the cause is good and can make yourself available to film (I can arrange to get a couple loaner cameras I think). Shoot dates: Likely Sunday (Aug 8th) and/or Monday (Aug. 9th) when the dairy herd from Frontenac is planned to be moved to be auctioned in Kitchener-Waterloo on Aug. 10. The Save Our Prison Farms campaign plans to blockade the cattle trucks but given the size of the site (900 acres) and multiple entrances, it will be impossible for me to be in more than one place at a time to capture the event for my independent film project.
Please contact me directly via email <firstname.lastname@example.org> asap so we can coordinate this ‘film crew of the people’.
Depending on people’s comfort levels, there will be opportunities to be in the thick of it or on the sidelines. The event overall is expected to remain peaceful.
Shutting down CSC Regional Headquarters for the morning is meant to send a peaceful but assertive democratic message to our government. The Conservatives cannot ignore the vast majority of Canadians on this lighting rod public safety and local food issue. We will not give up until they listen.
We will not disrupt traffic on King Street. Citizens who do not want to block vehicles can participate by standing with signs on the other side of the road.
“Canadians have not given up the fight to save the prison farms,” says Dianne Dowling, a member of the Save Our Prison Farms campaign and president of National Farmers Union Local 316. “We are peaceful, and will not disrupt any traffic except animal transports, but we will not let one cow or chicken leave our prison farm,” Dowling said. “The prison farms provide a cost-effective training and rehabilitative program that works, helps inmates feed themselves, and makes our communities safer.”
“The resolve and democratic will of the community will be demonstrated in this blockade,” said Jeff Peters of the Frontenac Cattlemen’s Association and a member of the campaign. “This action is meant as practice for what may be necessary at Frontenac Institution. We apologize for any inconvenience it may cause CSC staff not being able to get into work, as we know that the majority of them support the prison farm program. The goal is not to target individuals, but to allow the citizens of all ages and political stripes involved in the Save Our Prison Farms campaign to show their commitment to the farms and the cows.”
“We are hoping that blockading Frontenac Institution will not be necessary,” said John Williamson of the Frontenac Federation of Agriculture and a member of the campaign. “The auction house, OLEX (Ontario Livestock Exchange) in Waterloo, has been getting phone calls from all the major farm organizations, recommending that they reconsider doing this auction. Two other auction houses in Ontario have already turned down the opportunity.”
Tour of Prison Abolition activists bring their viewpoint to Kingston
“Prison is the most brutal direct expression of power, and like any hegemonic power it cannot be abolished through progress. Anyone who thinks that they can work on improving it now in order to try and destroy it later will remain a captive of its logic and achieve nothing but to strengthen the very system they oppose.”
Taking Back the Budget: The Impact of Government Budgets on Women’s Equality
7pm Thursday, May 27, 2010
Central Library, Delahaye Room
(130 Johnson Street, 3rd Floor)
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
For Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Queen’s University Co-coordinator of Feminist Legal Studies Dr. Kathleen Lahey, Member of Parliament and Federal Critic for the Status of Women Irene Mathyssen, and local activist Zaineb Zimmerman will discuss why the struggle for women’s equality must also include women’s economic equality through their analyses of the federal budget.
Come learn how to “read” government budgets to empower yourself!
This event is free of charge.
The venue is fully accessible.
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.
This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and Kingston Interval House.