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OHMYJAM { Sweat & Grind }

15 December 2014
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Saturday December 20th, 2014

The Queer Mafia presents

OHMYJAM
OTTAWA’S BIGGEST QUEER JAM
Hip Hop / RNB / Dancehall / Trap / Reggae

BIG TUNES BY…
DJ Mace { Ebony & Ivory Ent / Caravibe }
DJ Debonair { Queer Mafia }

Babylon Nightclub
317 Bank Street
Doors Open at 10:30pm

19+ | $7 Before 11:30p
Limited pwyc available before 11:30p

* Partial Proceeds to No One is Illegal and Justice for Deepan

reach early
leave late
jam time
….let’s go

DJ MACE
Trevor Mason, known as “DJ Mace from Ebony and Ivory” began his DJ career at the age of 12 in Kingston Ontario, where he developed his crowd-pleasing skills, by producing mixed tapes and playing at local high school dances. Mace eventually moved to the Nation’s Capital and began putting on large-scale events and playing at local night clubs, eventually drawing hundreds of people at a time.

DJ Mace has a collection of accomplishments and achievements, including the
2006 Stylus Ottawa DJ of the year, which was awarded by his peers in the music industry as well as the general public. His popularity stems from his ability to transcend markets, his extensive creativity, knowledge and love of music. There are few DJ’s that can produce the energy that DJ Mace does, you can feel the intensity and passion he has for music as he switches from song to song. TOP 40, R&B, HIP HOP, OLD SCHOOL, HOUSE, REGGAE, SOCA & more….DJ Mace plays it all!

No One is Illegal Ottawa {NOII}
Is an all-volunteer group of migrants and allies that advocate and fight for the dignity and self determination of all migrants regardless of status. They work to oppose policies designed to exploit and marginalize migrants. They do their work through both campaign and direct support work of migrants directly affected by the immigration system. In their “Solidarity City” campaign work, they work with social service agencies, legal clinics, and health services in Ottawa to ensure that undocumented people and migrants have access to services regardless of status. In our direct action work, we support migrants (particularly migrant families & queer migrants) through connecting them with legal/personal support resources, organizing direct action campaigns with them, and helping them and their families access sanctuary when they face deportation.
More on NOII at: noii-ottawa.blogspot.ca/

Justice for Deepan (J4D)
The Justice for Deepan (J4D) support group of volunteers was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen. Deepan’s citizenship was illegally revoked by the government after he served jail time. In a clear violation of established precedents and laws, the government doubly punished him by revoking his citizenship after he had completed his time in prison. He is currently fighting at the Federal Court for his right to live and work in Canada as the Canadian citizen he was before the government revoked his citizenship. Funds raised by Queer Mafia would go towards the substantial legal costs incurred by Deepan fighting for his legal rights.
More on Justice for Deepan at: justicefordeepan.org

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Accessibility note:
Babylon Nightclub is an accessible venue. The washrooms are located on the main floor and are accessible as well (Not easy to navigate with motorized Wheelchair). There is a small lip (approximately 1” ) at the front entrance and we will have access to a ramp if needed.

The washrooms at this event will be gender neutral in recognition that so often gender variant, trans, two spirit and women identified people are at greater risk to violence and harassment. The QM hopes to create safer spaces for folks to be who they are and to enjoy their night free from violence and body policing. This includes making a commitment to providing gender-neutral washrooms.

Safer Space Policy:
QM collectively strives to create spaces that are free of as many barriers as possible as means to working towards liberation. This means that we are all responsible for creating the spaces we desire, by educating ourselves, each other and ensuring that we are continually engaging in these conversations and creating relationships of support and collective responsibility. While we recognize that no space is exclusively “safe” for anyone, we must collectively work towards mitigating harms. In response to certain experiences that have happened within our spaces, we have decided to remix ground rules to apply to a specific situation in which groups of people come together to make themselves vulnerable:

http://thequeermafia.com/events/safer-spaces-policy/

QM works towards recognizing dynamics of power and privilege that exist within society and which have historically oppressed our communities. We believe that these same dynamics and tensions exist within our own communities and we are working continuously towards addressing these tensions and creating supportive spaces. People participating in our events and dance parties are asked to be aware of their language and behavior and to think about whether these may be harming others. Our spaces are not spaces for explicit or implicit violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, sizeism, fatphobia, sexual harassment, and gender policing, or doing anything to another person without their consent. Acting in a way that disrespects, harms others or undermines these values will not be tolerated. QM reserves the right to assess & manage circumstances and situations in the best interest of our collective vision towards creating ‘liberation’ and ‘safer’ spaces.



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