December 14, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, Room 156
15 Artists' Common
To close out the year, the Niagara Anarchist Reading Group is screening Invasion, documenting the Unist’ot’en Camp and their ongoing defense of the Wet’suwet’en territories against pipelines and attacks by government and police forces, and a short film by the Migrant Rights Network.
But wait, there’s more!
– sharing food, potluck style
– writing holiday cards for prisoners
– raising funds to directly support the Unist’ot’en camp
– signing a statement in solidarity with the Haudenosaunee deer harvest at Short Hills Provincial Park (for more info, check out Six Nations Right to Hunt)
“In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.
The Unist’ot’en Camp has been a beacon of resistance for nearly 10 years. It is a healing space for Indigenous people and settlers alike, and an active example of decolonization. The violence, environmental destruction, and disregard for human rights following TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) / Coastal GasLink’s interim injunction has been devastating to bear, but this fight is far from over.”
We’re collecting donations to send to Unist’ot’en Camp at the event. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the camp.
Unite Against Racism (Migrant Rights Network)
“We are at a critical moment. We see a growing right-wing that has successfully mobilized anti-immigrant sentiment to divide communities in order to gain power. Once they win elections, they attack wages and working conditions, cut funding to services, and give handouts and tax breaks to corporations.
“We need to learn the facts and understand that immigrants and refugees are not to blame. We need to focus on who is really responsible for our suffering and fight for rights for all of us.”
Holiday Cards to Prisoners:
We will also be writing holiday cards/letters to those on the inside. If you’ve never written a letter to a prisoner, don’t worry! We’ll walk you through the do’s and don’ts, and give you pointers on your first letter. The New York City ABC provides a monthly updated and comprehensive list of political prisoners. We’ll have a few copies available at the event for you to choose some one to write to – brief bios are included.
If you want to check out the list ahead of time it is available here:
Letter writing supplies and stamps will be provided.
We encourage everyone to bring food to share, but no one will be turned away.
If you do bring food, please list ingredients.
We aim to have vegan and non-vegan options available, so please make sure you’re specific about whether there’s meat, dairy, etc, in your dish.
Let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Marilyn I Walker is wheelchair accessible. The event is being held on the ground floor. There are also elevators in the building. There is a gender neutral washroom in the building as well as several gendered washrooms. This is a free event.
This event is kid friendly with books & toys available, but no childcare provided.