Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network fundraises with Two Row Wampum Flags

Throughout the summer, members of the Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network will be selling Two-Row Wampum flags in and around Kingston to raise money for legal battles resulting from land defense and reclamation of stolen land at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

The Two Row Wampum treaty, also known as Guswhenta or Kaswehnta, is an agreement made between representatives of the Five Nations of the Haudenoshaunee peoples and representatives of the Dutch government in 1613 in what is now upstate New York. The treaty is considered by the Haudenosaunee to be the basis of all of their subsequent treaties with European and North American governments.

Haudenosaunee tradition also records the specific meaning of the belt as follows, in the form of a Haudenosaunee reply to the initial Dutch treaty proposal:

You say that you are our Father and I am your son. We say, We will not be like Father and Son, but like Brothers. This wampum belt confirms our words. These two rows will symbolize two paths or two vessels, traveling down the same river together. One, a birch bark canoe, will be for the Indian People, their laws, their customs and their ways. The other, a ship, will be for the white people and their laws, their customs and their ways. We shall each travel the river together, side by side, but in our boat. Neither of us will make compulsory laws or interfere in the internal affairs of the other. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel. The agreement has been kept by the Iroquois to this date.

The treaty is considered by Haudenosaunee people to still be in effect. Further Haudenosaunee tradition states the duration of the Two Row Wampum agreement:

As long as the Sun shines upon this Earth, that is how long OUR Agreement will stand; Second, as long as the Water still flows; and Third, as long as the Grass Grows Green at a certain time of the year. Now we have Symbolized this Agreement and it shall be binding forever as long as Mother Earth is still in motion.

All proceeds from sales will be passed on to the Tyendinaga Support Committee in Toronto. For more information visit http://www.ocap.ca/supporttmt

We are selling the flags for $15-20 sliding scale. It is one simple way to
financially support anti-colonial struggle on Turtle Island. Learn about
the issues, take its meaning to heart, and fly it with pride. They will be
available at various events around town, at the AKA Autonomous Social
Centre, and can be arranged by emailing the Kingston Indigenous Solidarity
Network at kisn@riseup.net

FRILL Garden Goodbye Party

For those who have been involved in F.R.I.L.L garden, you are invited to the F.R.I.L.L. GOODBYE PARTY!!!  It will take place at 106 Raglan Road on Sunday, May 16th from 4pm to 7pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you there so that we can thank you for all of your good wishes and support through the years.  We will all miss the garden and will fondly remember happy moments there with wonderful people!

May 6th Organizing in a Time of Crisis: A Talk on the Work of the Immigrant Workers Centre presented by Mostafa Henaway

This is a talk that will focus on organizing with precarious immigrant workers, with temp agencies, day labor, temporary foreign workers, who are now becoming in a time of global capital,the norm for capitalism to further destabilize the gains of working people over the past 25 years and create an ever growing exploitable labor force of migrants, immigrants and those in precarious jobs, in order to create a third world in the first. This talk will also explore the work of the centre with these workers in order to help build the capacity of those who are now facing the brunt of global capitalism.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time:
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:
AKA Autonomous Social Centre

Kingston's Swamp Ward in the Old Days: A Walking Tour MAY 2ND 230PM Skeleton Park Plaque

Kingston’s Swamp Ward in the Old Days: A Walking Tour
Guided by Laura Murray and Jamie Swift

Skeleton Park holds some fascination as a former cemetery. But did you ever wonder about the living people who worked and played around it in the past? Laura and Jamie will show you landmarks of Kingston’s labour, industrial, environmental, and multicultural history, featuring lively anecdotes about the lives of working people in the 1930s and reminders of tenants’ rights and neighbourhood ‘improvement’ activities of the 1960s-1980s.

The criminality of stigma – Friday May 7th, 7pm

The criminality of stigma: Sex work, labour and decriminalization
Friday May 7, 7pm
presented by Tuulia Law, Internal Coordinator of the Sex Professionals of Canada
Renaissance, 285 Queen St, Free

Sex workers have long been fighting for sex work to be recognized as labour. Tuulia Law considers sex work, labour, and the dangers and difficulties of stigma and criminalization, as well as the constitutional challenge by the Sex Professionals of Canada for the decriminalization of consensual adult sex work.

This event is part of the MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts running in Kingston from May 1st – 9th.

d'bi young @ Culture Shock Launch with OPIRG 8PM TUES MAR 30th ARTEL

Spoken word artist d’bi young!!!

d’bi.young is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, as well as Dora-winning actor and playwright.

As an actor, she has appeared in Trey Anthony”s da kink in my hair, which garnered her a Dora nomination for best actress, and the television sitcom Lord Have Mercy.  She won outstanding new play and outstanding performance by a female in a principal role in a play in the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her play blood.claat: one womban story.

She has also led a summer dub theatre program for youth in Toronto.

Local Performances

All Ages Free Food and Drinks

Alcohol Free Event!!

Feminist Jubilee: A Defiant Celebration of Freedom

SAT. MAR 27TH 1-3PM SKELETON PARK KINGSTON

This jubilee will be a subversive celebration of freedom­an artistic and collective proclamation that a different world is possible. A world that honours love, peace and equality. Through free food, music, art and conversation we will use the simple act of celebration as a defiant form of resistance. By coming together to unite in the common vision of equality and social-justice for all, we can, despite our differences, actively reject and condemn the very systems that imprison us. It is through celebration and community that even in the midst of oppression we will find our freedom. (even if it’s only for one afternoon…)

So join us! Rain or shine at Skeleton Park, on the 27th of March between 1-3pm. ALL are welcomed/encouraged to come regardless of race, class, gender, religious, political and/or sexuality differences.

The afternoon will consist of the following :

* A Neighbourhood “Stuff” Exchange
(Everyone who can, can bring a couple of items, be it clothing, books, household things, etc. and we can share it, garage sale style, with NO money involved)

* A free communal pot-luck style picnic
( bring a little food to share, that could be easily eaten outside)

* Bubbles (because they are pretty)

* Music ( if you play something bring along an instrument)

* A christian feminist confessional booth (this collective photography project will be the central focus of this jubilee. it will displayed in the park for the afternoon…it will stand as a symbolic peace-offering, an artistic cry for change, an attempt to take responsibility for the things we’ve done to damage the freedom of others)

🙂 Invite your friends. your enemies. your lovers. your sisters. anyone, everyone, pass along this invitation to those you feel might be interested!

The point of this afternoon is to bring people and worlds together that normally don’t share the same spaces. So please, Come together, share. Drink a tea in the park with a stranger. learn. love. relax. RESIST.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL!