Regarding Lindsay Shepherd

Next week, a speaking event is scheduled at Queen’s University featuring alt-right-connected and self-styled ‘free speech warrior’ Lindsay Shepherd. Posters have appeared in Kingston calling for a counter-demonstration. It feels like a familiar story is unfolding, one in which we play our parts in a script already written by the strategists of the campus right. Wanting to contribute to an ongoing discussion about how to engage with these kinds of events, I reached out to an anarchist comrade in Kitchener-Waterloo who is familiar with Shepherd’s strategy and has experience with various efforts to counter her events. What follows is a reflection without an obvious solution, but my hope is that it will encourage creativity, strategic thinking and effective practice. We did this interview over email; it has been edited for clarity and length. Read More …

From Embers: New content in August, 2018

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. We are a proud member of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network. This month, we’ve produced four original episodes. They are: August 7th: Is Read More …

From Embers: 85 Years Since the Christie Pits Riot

85 years ago this week, in the midst of another long hot summer, a series of anti-Semitic and xenophobic provocations in the City of Toronto escalated into a full blown riot at Christie Pits. As the Nazis rose to power in Germany, a series of “Swastika Clubs” were organized out of a canoe club in Toronto and patrolled the Beaches neighbourhood with the intention of harassing so-called foreigners and to “clean up the beaches.” Tensions mounted and several confrontations were narrowly avoided.

About a week later, during a baseball game at Christie Pits, members of the “Pit Gang” unfurled a huge white banner bearing a black swastika. Jewish and Italian youth rushed the banner and tore it to shreds, and the skirmish quickly escalated into a massive riot involving hundreds of fighters and lasting several hours. Amazingly, no one was killed. The riot became a part of the mythology of the city, especially for the Toronto’s Jewish community. Read More …

Kingston: Anti-Canada Day Banner Drop

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info This morning we dropped a banner over Highway 2 from the Royal Military College bridge reading “Stolen Kids, Tar Sands, Racist Murder – Nothing To Celebrate”. This was both a response to a call from Six Nations to mourn the death of Jon Styres and as part of an ongoing tradition of resistance to Canadian nationalism here in Kingston. Against Canada, Against Colonialism For Read More …

From Embers: New Content in June 2018

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. This month, we’ve created four original episodes. Open The Borders Conversations with two Quebec-based organizers about supporting refugees, imagining a world without borders, and Read More …

Kingston: Reflecting on the Prison Farms “Victory”

Submitted Anonymously to North Shore Counter-Info Yesterday, the Federal Government announced that a dairy farm would be established at Joyceville Institution alongside goat and vegetable operations, as part of the return of the prison farms work program at Kingston-area federal prisons. This announcement basically means complete victory for the “Save Our Prison Farms” coalition, a group made up of farmers, foodies, and progressive Christians which has campaigned persistently for almost Read More …

New Zine: Anarchy In A Small Pond

From 613 Anarchy This new zine published in Kingston, Ontario discusses both the challenges and advantages of being an anarchist in smaller places. The first two pieces are reflections on workshops facilitated by the authors on these questions in North Carolina and Virginia. The third piece is a From Embers interview with Christine from Prince Edward County on rural organizing. The last piece is a report-back on Kingston’s 2018 May Read More …

New Anarchist Podcast “From Embers”

From Embers is a new anarchist podcast out of Kingston, Ontario. A few times a month, we post episodes about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. The Canadian state and especially it’s smiling backstreet boy of a leader gains its credibility and legitimacy increasingly by differentiating itself from the Read More …

Report-back from May Day in Kingston

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info “Oh wow, we’re just, like, taking up the street,” I hear the thirty-something guy behind me exclaim to his friend as we take off. “Holy shit this is awesome,” his friend replies. Slightly more experienced folks from the crowd move instinctively to the side and back to stop traffic as we move out of the park and onto the road, heading towards Kingston’s main Read More …