Friday, July 24, 2009

Here's an announcement from Agitate Ottawa about an upcoming event down there in government land. If you're in the area drop on by. It might be interesting, and you'd be supporting a good cause.
Queer/Trans Writers of Colour and Indigenous Writers Converge!:
Agitate! presents a night of performances and discussion. We’ll begin the night with an impressive line up of performers and finish with an engaging panel of writers and poets, showcasing artists of colour and indigenous artists in celebration of Pride! Often writers of marginalized identities face challenges in representing and publishing their own points of view coupled with the threat of their voices being tokenized(?) and co-opted in the process. Featuring both emerging and established writers from Ottawa and elsewhere, we will be discussing issues of representation, intersectionality(?) and how identity and experience are expressed in their craft.

Confirmed so far are Rob Friday and Kalyani Pandya from Ottawa, Nalo Hopkinson from Toronto, and Trish Salah from Montreal.

August 20th
Doors at 6:30, Performances at 7pm, Panel from 9-10pm.
Montgomery Legion Hall (top floor) 330 Kent St.
$10 – $20 sliding scale (all proceeds go to Migrant Trade Union in South Korea)

This event will also be a fundraising effort for the Migrant Trade Union (MTU) in South Korea. MTU is a union of documented and undocumented migrant workers in South Korea, the only union of its kind in the world today. The MTU has joined in the struggle of GLBT people in South Korea, including defending the needs of its own GLBT members. Agitate feels it is important to connect our work with the struggle of other racialized(?) people in the world, especially as the rights of migrant and undocumented workers in Canada continue to be largely ignored.

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