The Drawing Together Collective was born out of a desire to build our (Kingston’s) ability to recognize and understand racism as a system of oppression and to effectively respond to and resist it. We live in a moment where microagressions are often the focus of our discussions, and while they are important to recognize and respond to, often the bigger picture is not understood: how white supremacy and other forms of oppression interlock to harm people. We seek anti-authoritarian revolutionary transformation of our current society, and see Drawing Together as one of many small pieces that can help us get there.
We offer a community-oriented space where we can collectively learn and generate ideas and approaches to act. We are a group of Kingstonians who experience various forms of oppression and privilege. We acknowledge that we have all behaved in oppressive ways and have learned through being challenged in radical environments. We also understand that learning often requires an honesty that can make a space unsafe and so in the spirit of learning, we don’t claim to offer a “safe space”. We want to change the society we live in and we anticipate we will encounter bigoted ideas, words or actions in the process. We seek to engage and challenge harmful behaviour, given our belief that people are capable of changing for the better.
Past events have included:
- Dec 8, 2016 – Collective Care and Action
- Nov 16, 2016 – Despair and Collective Care
- Nov 8, 2015 – Confronting Transphobia in Kingston
- Aug 18, 2015 – Kingstonians talking about Anti-racist action
- May 3, 2015 – Kingstonians talking about class and capitalism
- Apr 12, 2015 – Kingstonians Talking about racism and anti-racism part 3
- Mar 22, 2015 – POC, Indigenous People and Mixed-race people talking about racism and anti-racism
- Feb 1, 2015 – Kingstonians Talking about racism and anti-racism