Mobilizing Instigators!

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hi folks, Day 3 of the conference dealt with specific issues regarding the Kingston community. From criminalization of poverty to housing and food security over 70 people came out to discuss how to move forward on these issues affecting our community.

Conference Organizers are currently compiling notes from the break out groups and larger group discussions and we will be posting some of the key themes, actions and issues that the group brought up on the website (work in progress). Participants were clear – we need to have more actions in Kingston to challenge the lack of affordable housing, the criminalization of poverty, inadequate welfare rates, holding city council accountable, food security, destigmatizing poverty and addressing the disconnects between academics, service providers, marginalized groups and activists. The discussions also clearly pointed out that we all go about our ‘activism’ or ‘politics’ in different ways and that it is important to support and respect a diversity of tactics and approaches.

We will be making efforts to connect the various groups and individuals interested in social justice and anti poverty mobilizing in Kingston. Starting with this website we hope to capture the energy and enthusiasm for change that we saw and felt at the conference. If you have any suggestions and/or actions you would like us to post please get in touch with us

In sol,

Hi everyone! Thank you for coming out to the anti-poverty conference, it was a huge success! We have been getting lots of feedback from people (scholars, activists, community members etc) and thought we could start posting some of these comments on our website so that those who could not attend can get a feel for what people’s reactions were and also to document the experiences of this unique conference.

Please email with your feedback and we will post it, please specify if you want your name included with your comments or if you would like to be anonymous.

Check out our new link ‘Media’ on the website for updates on interviews and some of the recorded talks such as John Clarke.

In sol,

Conference Success! Thank you!

Posted: October 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hello Instigators!

Special thank you to our 70 volunteers, 20 facilitators, and 50 participants for making the conference a great success! Special thank you to the Kingston community who came out in great numbers to participate in this unique rant in!

Stay tuned for updates, video and audio of the conference!

Final conference schedule is up!

Posted: October 13, 2010 in Uncategorized



The final conference schedule can be downloaded now.

KCAP Dinner
Tues Oct 12th 5:30pm -7:30pm
(99 York street)
Come out and learn more about the Kingston Coalition Against Poverty  (KCAP) and meet the current members!


Anti-Poverty Creations: Resistance through Art
Tues Oct 12th 7:30pm-10:30pm
(The Queen’s Inn, 125 Brock street)

Join us in an evening of poetry reading and spoken word with local artists as the kick off event for the !nstigate 2010: Anti-Poverty Rant-In conference!

Performances by:

Kim Renders ‘Poverty Walk’

Tara Kainer “When I Think On Your Lives”

Bob MacKenzie with Kasey Ferguson

Jillian Burford-Grinnell

Samuel Douglas

Matt Shultz ‘Birdseed’ & ‘Black Rain’

To Contact us to book transportation or childcare, call us at

613-214-4462 or email us

Conference Locations

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
The JDUC: Corner of Union and University Streets, on Queen’s campus
Kingston Frontenac Public Library: 130 Johnson Street
Artillery Park: 76 Ordnance Street
Katarokwi Native Friendship Center: 50 Hickson Ave
Rideau Heights Public School: 77 MacCauley st
The Artel: 205 Sydenham st
The Queen’s Inn: 125 Brock St
City Park: Bagot and Barrie st
Also see our google map:

Google map

Hi folks, check out our kick off events planned for Tuesday October 12th. Start the evening with a meeting and dinner at 5:30pm with KCAP followed by a spoken word poetry reading from 7:30-10:30pm at the Queen’s Inn Pub.


Check out our booth at the ‘Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair from 3-5pm today (Oct 6) in Wallace Hall in the JDUC.

Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair is a bit like the annual Clubs Night, but you don’t have to filter through booths to get to the social justice and community organizing work you’re looking for! Come check out various groups and organizations on campus and in town doing social justice work, meet progressive folks in the community, and eat some free catered snacks!

Schedule/Programme Brochure

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Check out our flyer and download it-hot off the press!

!nstigate 2010 – Flyer

Day 1 October 14th:
  1. Destigmatizing Poverty: Transformative Teaching and Learning Workshop 10:15am, (JDUC Polson rm)
  2. “Solidarity Building between Community and Academe” Working Group Presentation and Workshop, 10:15am (JDUC John Orr rm)
  3. Roundtable Access to Higher Education at Queen’s in ‘Times of Budget Crisis’, 1:30pm (JDUC John Orr rm)
  4. Recognizing Privilege: Academe, the Community, and Activism, 3:30pm, (JDUC Polson rm)
Day 2: October 15th
  1. What is Participatory Action Research? Research By and For the Community, 9am (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Boucher room)
  2. Systemic Barriers to Violence Free Lives: A Participatory Workshop on Economic Advocacy for Women and Children, 1pm, (Artillery Park, rm #1, 76 Ordnance)
  3. Radical Urban Food Tour, 3pm-4:15 (Artillery Park 76 Ordnance)
Day 3: October 16th
  1. Plenary Roundtable (all invited, open to the public), “Respecting Difference, Seeking Solidarity: Towards Sustainable Anti Poverty Actions” by Margaret Little (10am)
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