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Agitate! Queer Women of Colour starts tonight in the ODOT

December 5th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

I’m super pumped to check out Agitate! Community dinner tonight in Ottawa.

More information about this amazing grassroots collective after the jump.

Agitate is a queer, Ottawa-based organization for Aboriginal, mixed-race and women of colour. Although the governing board is open exclusively to First Nations, mixed-race and women of colour, allies from all communities and of all genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to get in touch with Agitate for information on how to volunteer.

Agitate’s aim is to provide queer visibility within racialized and ethnic communities; outreach; social programming; education; transnational perspectives; and anti-racist activism. Agitate will also forge links with other organizations who share a similar vision of social justice. Agitate was borne out of recognition of the intersecting nature of the oppressions and experiences we face as women, as queer persons and as First Nations and persons of colour.

Having found a lack of resources in the Ottawa region that speak to us, a decision was made to begin a grassroots organization catering to our realities. In addition to fighting oppression, Agitate members aim to provide a gathering space in which we can share our diverse realities in the spirit of celebration.

To this end, Agitate will work towards the promotion of First Nations women and women of colour artists, musicians and performers, both local and from beyond the Ottawa community. Agitate wishes to increase the accessibility of queer-friendly resources catering to First Nations women and women of colour within the cultural, ethnic, health, and other community based resource centres in the Ottawa-area; especially in areas with large newcomer populations. Agitate understands learning as a continuous and life long process. Part of Agitate’s mandate is self-education. In particular (but not limited to), the founding members of Agitate will continue to educate themselves on the issues of transphobia and the continuing racist-colonial legacy aimed against First Nations persons.

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