Monday, September 15, 2008

Oakville riding progressives: Department of Culture meeting Tuesday p.m.

That's a video done by a supporter of the Department of Culture, a group founded to oppose the Harper government's cuts to crucial arts programmes, to give you a sense of how the cuts are affecting artists in Canada.
The Department of Culture is a loose group of artists and art-related workers who will collaborate to unseat vulnerable Conservatives in swing ridings across Canada.
There is a meeting in Oakville Tuesday night for any progressives interested in working to help ensure the Conservative candidate there does not succeed in that crucial swing riding:
Tuesday September 16 at 7:30 PM.
Oakville Galleries at Gairloch Gardens:
1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6
Here's an overview of what the group hopes to accomplish during the election campaign:
With an election upon us, the Department of Culture is creating Swing Teams to work directly in so-called swing ridings in which the sitting MP holds a slim majority. In the impending election, the D.O.C. will support these Swing Teams of committed artists and individuals to
collaborate and intervene directly in the election and, in a very public, serious, fun and spectacular ways, to target vulnerable Conservatives
. Swing Teams will not work to promote other parties but
rather through their actions, they will hold all parties and candidates answerable for their social and cultural agendas. We are committed to working in collaboration with and in support of local
groups and individuals, and arts institutions. We want to lend our talents and energies to those challenging the conservatives in Oakville.
If you live in the western GTA, I'm sure they'd love to have you. Kind of sounds like fun, doesn't it?