Sudbury Social Justice News - July 5, 2012

Jul 5, 2012

Sudbury Social Justice News - July 5, 2012

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1) Monday, July 9 to Sunday, July 15: Sudbury Pride Week
2) Tuesday, July 10: Labour Council Presentation to City Council re. Pension Reform Campaign
3) Monday, July 16: Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty Meeting


1) Call to Ontario Postsecondary Students to attend Ontario Student Strike Training Camp in Toronto in late July
2) "Dis-membering Stonewall" by Rev. Irene Monroe


Monday, July 9 to Sunday, July 15: Sudbury Pride Week
The information below can also be found online at this link:
A PDF file of the 2012 Pride Guide can be found here:

Below is the schedule for Pride Week 2012. Please check back often as updates will be available online. Items marked with an asterisk will be held at Zig's Bar.

Monday, July 9

Opening Ceremony at Tom Davis Square, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The official kick-off to Pride Week! Join us for the raising of the Pride flag at City Hall. Local dignitaries will speak to the importance of our community, featuring Mayor Matichuk officially proclaiming the week of July 9 th to 15th, 2012 to be Pride Week in Greater Sudbury. Be a part of the Pride movement!
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Tuesday, July 10


It's not your average bingo. But a classic game with a naughty twist. Come one, Come all and bring your dabber too.  If you have a fun and kinky side, well this game is definitely for you. Dirty innuendo and adult toys too. Free Admission $2/card or 3 for $5.
Win your favorite adult toys! Nobody goes home alone or empty handed shall we say!! Doors open at 8pm. Games start at 10pm. Zigs is Sudbury’s Pride Party Headquarters for the 19+ crowd!


Wednesday, July 11

Meet & Greet at Studio 276, 276 Cedar St. 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Come out and enjoy the fine art at Studio 276 while mingling with the Pride Committee and members of the community. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Annual Open Mic Night at La Fromagerie Elgin, 5 Cedar St. 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Come on out and enjoy some fine cheese and chat! This annual event promises to showcase some of the best acoustic talent, poetry and spoken word Sudbury Pride has ever seen. Start your planning and get your intimate gig ready; bring your guitar, harmonica, poem and/ or singing voice! Anything goes, we want you to show off what you've got. No cover charge
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WILD CARD KARAOKE is Your Chance to Win Cash!
All songs are previously selected and assigned to a card. Each contestant will draw 2 wild cards and choose 1 song.
You will get one chance to sing your best and be above the rest. Our panel of judges will decide if you move on or get the GONG!
Only 3 contestants will perform in the final round where you may win the crown of wild card karaoke and cash.
You must enter by 10 pm. Free Entry. 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$50. Zigs is Sudbury’s Pride Party Headquarters for the 19+ crowd!


Thursday, July 12

Film Night at Rainbow Cinemas, 6:20pm

Réseau Access Network presents the award winning documentary “For the Bible Tells me so” followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Jennifer Johnson. Rated PG Admission $2
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FOAM FUSION PARTY!! We put the suds back in Sudbury!! That’s right! We fill the place with foam and fun!
It’s a huge bubble bath without the water! Everything is slippery when wet, so be ready to get soaking wet. Bring your water gun and a bathing suit!  Maybe a Ziploc bag to protect your loot! $7 at the door. Foam Flows from 10pm to 2am  Zigs is Sudbury’s Pride Party Headquarters for the 19+ crowd!


Friday, July 13

Dance Under the Stars at Tom Davies Square, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Join us for a fun filled evening of dancing and laughter while enjoying the hottest beats. Admission is free but there will be refreshments, glow sticks and pride gear for sale. The party goes on rain or shine!
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Queering Rainbow Country at Parkside Centre, 140 Durham St. 6:00pm

2nd Annual Queer Culture Social Event, Sponsored by M. G. M. Social Club
This event will be a social evening with a light barbecue, cash bar, and artistic displays; not necessarily an art show, but a Celebration of Queer Culture in Northern Ontario. Advanced tickets: $10 At the door: $13
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Sudbury Pride Ladies Best Ball Tournament at Pine Grove Golf Course, 1:00pm

Calling all self-identifying women. Come join us for our ladies 4 person best ball golf tourney. Registration includes 9 holes of golf, cart, dinner, prizes, and a chance at $10,000 on our RBC sponsored hole-in-one challenge. Space is limited to 15 teams of 4.
Cost: $70 per person. This year includes a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. All skills welcome. Must be legal drinking age to participate.


VIVA LA VARIETY - A VARIETY SHOW at ZIGS, always a crowd favorite! A kick butt show!
A hand selected group of extremely multi-talented local stars, a lot of preparation and dedication go into each of these acts!
Rappers, Dancers, Singers, Musicians, Kings, Queens and more... Come show you support for what promises to be an extremely
fun-filled night! Admission is free and the show starts at 10pm. Zigs is Sudbury’s Pride Party Headquarters for the 19+ crowd!


Saturday, July 14

Fierté Sudbury Pride’s Disco Ball at The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 50 Brady St. 8:00pm

A Gala evening of 70s and 80s music and dancing featuring Toronto’s former Zipper’s DJ, DJ DC. Put on your hottest Disco clothes and come out to show off your best dance moves. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Includes a silent auction, 50/50 draw and snacks. Must be legal drinking age.
To Purchase a ticket, you may do so online with Paypal*. (Can do so at the online Pride schedule:
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SNO Bear BBQ at Delki Dozzi Park, 3 Mary Street, Socializing starts at 1:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us for the SNOBears (Sudbury Northern Ontario Bears) 6th Annual Family and Friends BBQ. For only $15, you get the choice of deep fried turkey, fire grilled steak or a vegetarian option with various sides and refreshments.
Come on out and bring the whole family.

Tied up in Knots at Delki Dozzi Park, 3 Mary Street, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Bondage 101 demo and discussion, hosted by SLAGMen (Sudbury Leather and Gay Men) and Eastern Canada Leather Sir 2012 Rocco. Learn about rope and handcuff bondage, its use in scenes, safety issues, styles of bondage, and care of rope. A friendly, safe introduction to bondage, plus finer points of bondage and Leather/ BDSM. For 18+ with ID. All genders and orientations welcome.


Star light, star bright, celebrate every colour of the rainbow under the big black light! Glow in the dark, tight and bright neon night! Paint yourself in glow in the dark paint and showcase under a black light. Wear white and neon and all things bright... it’s the end of pride let's celebrate and party it up right! We open at 8 don’t wait to late or you may just get stuck at the gate! Zigs is Sudbury’s Pride Party Headquarters for the 19+ crowd!


Sunday, July 15

Pride Parade Starting at Memorial Park - Arrive by 12:30pm, Parade starts at 1:00pm

Come join us for something a little different this year. No longer just a march, this year we are throwing a full parade with music floats and vehicles winding through the streets of downtown Sudbury. Departing from Memorial Park, we will pass by historic LGBT2SQA locations in the downtown core, finally arriving at Tom Davies Square in time for the Closing Ceremonies.
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Closing Ceremonies at Tom Davies Square - After the Parade

Join us as we lower the flag and say farewell to another amazing Pride Week in Greater Sudbury. Pride may be nearly over but the celebrations are not! Indulge in the activities planned across the street in Memorial Park.

Family Fun Day in the Park at Memorial Park, Corner of Minto and Brady Streets, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

On Sunday July 15th, Memorial Park will be buzzing with activities to celebrate diversity! BBQ, food, vendors, education, entertainment, splash pad, face painting, tattoos, and children's activities just to name a few! There is guaranteed to be something for everyone! Come out from noon to six o'clock and help us to paint the town red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet! Help us to share family, community and diversity.
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Tuesday, July 10: Labour Council Presentation to City Council re. Pension Reform Campaign

Time: 2pm
Location: Council chambers, Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street

Please attend Tom Davies Square John Closs on July 10th at 2:00pm to learn more about the CLC pension reform campaign. John Closs, President of the Sudbury and District Labour Council, is scheduled to present information about this campaign to City Council (in Greater Sudbury).

You can learn more about the CLC initiative to generate decent liveable wages for retirement here:


Monday, July 16: Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty Meeting

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Rethink Green, 176 Larch Street, Sudbury

Matters to be discussed include ongoing direct action support work and
organizing against proposed welfare cuts.



Call to Ontario Postsecondary Students to attend Ontario Student Strike Training Camp
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27 July at 19:00 until 29 July at 17:00

University of Toronto

- and spread the word to any other students who you think will be interested !

On the weekend of July 28 - 29th, several student organizers from Quebec will be coming to the University of Toronto to train the crew of Ontario student organizers who will be (direct) democratizing their campuses and mobilizing towards a student strike. Whether you are an experienced organizer or new to the scene, whether you're on the executive of a union or the good ol' fashioned rank-and-file, you are welcome to come to this weekend training camp. All we ask is that you are committed to organizing towards a student strike in a directly democratic, bottom-up fashion; that you are willing to spread the skills that you learn at these workshops to others in your cities and on your campus; and that you are open to learning new organizing strategies from people who have been on the front-line of the student struggle in Quebec.

Some workshop topics include: introduction to student strikes, communication and mobilization, mobilizing graduate students, from mobilization committees to strike committees, creating and facilitating general assemblies, creating and/or radicalizing student associations, enforcing strikes, graduate student strikes, using strikes to build a movement, and direct democracy. There will be time for plenary discussions, strategy sessions and break-out groups.

If you require any accommodations, a place to stay in Toronto, travel funds or anything else, let the organizers know through this form or email, and we will do our best.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: (subject to change - or suggestions!)

*** FRIDAY ***

Informal social events!

*** SATURDAY ***

SESSION 1 - Where on earth to start?
The workshops in this session will focus on how to begin mobilizing for strikes, especially on less-mobilized campuses.

WORKSHOP 1 - Intro to Student Strikes in Quebec
Introduction to the history of student strikes in Quebec - how they've worked and how they haven't worked.
WORKSHOP 2 - Getting the word out
How to start building a campaign, spreading awareness and making issues relevant to people.
WORKSHOP 3 - Getting people involved
How to effectively get people actually involved, and not just as observers
WORKSHOP 4 - What is a student strike?
Introduction to the concept of a student strike - why they're effective and why they're legitimate
WORKSHOP 5 - Mobilizing Graduate Students
Addressing the specific situation for beginning a grad student focused campaign
WORKSHOP 6 - Building a Diverse Student Movement
An opportunity to discuss issues of race and other identities in practical and realistic terms as they relate to organizing and activism.

SESSION 2 - Building Infrastructure
How to build institutions like student associations, strike committees, and general assemblies to mobilize for strikes

WORKSHOP 7 - From Mobilization Committee to Strike Committee
How to move from being a broad campus-wide group of activists, to specific strike-oriented action committees
WORKSHOP 8 - General Assemblies
How to hold effective, politicized, democratic assemblies
WORKSHOP 9 - Creating Student Associations
How to create student associations where none exist
WORKSHOP 10 - Radicalizing Student Associations
How to make existing student associations at the department- and faculty-level with no history of democracy or political mandates

With exciting evening events!

*** SUNDAY ***

SESSION 3 - Making Strikes Work
How to make strikes effective and how to use them to build a bigger movement

WORKSHOP 11 - Effectively Enforcing Strikes
How to effectively enforce strikes, and deal with conflict and repression
WORKSHOP 12 - Graduate Student Strikes
Addresses concerns specific to grad-student strikes (eg. labs, thesis work)
WORKSHOP 13 - Using Strikes to Build a Movement
How to use the time and energy freed up by strikes to build a broader movement
WORKSHOP 14 - Direct Democracy at the Coalition Level
How to make direct democracy work beyond the level of an individual stuent association
WORKSHOP 15 - Time, Space, and Strategy
How to beging building towards strikes broader and bigger than a single day on a single campus
WORKSHOP 16 - The Strike as a Tactic
How to use different types of strikes in different situations

SESSION 4 - What way forward?
The strategy discussions in this session will allow students organizing on similar campuses to discuss strategies and tactics, and begin conversations about strategizing towards a general strike

Strategy Discussion 1 - Small campuses, North + Central
Strategy Discussion 2 - Toronto, York, and Ryerson
Strategy Discussion 3 - Urban campuses outside Toronto
Strategy Discussion 4 - Colleges
Strategy Discussion 5 - Graduate Students


"Dis-membering Stonewall" by Rev. Irene Monroe
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