Archive for December, 2012

Settlers in Support of Idle No More

Settlers wanting to demonstrate solidarity with Idle No More are invited to Atomic Centre on Monday, December 31 beginning at 12:00 p.m. to join in sign making, idea sharing, co-learning, and possible future supportive action planning. Please bring any supplies you may have to share and/or your lunch/snacks.

We will walk together to the Round Dance flash mob at Portage and Main scheduled from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Please find more information here:


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Idle No More Teach-In Feast and FUNdraiser Gala
Monday December 31 from 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Thunderbird House – 715 Main Street

Warm up, share food and learn from one another after the Round Dance at Portage and Main!

POTLUCK Feast at 5pm
Speakers start at 6pm – 8pm

Find out more here:

Idle No More – Bill Breakdowns

The Harper Government of Canada is currently putting through 8 BILLS that violate treaties and are meant todestroy and assimilate First Nations in the same way the 1969 White Paper was meant to. The 1969 White Paper aimed to eliminate the IndianAct, Get Rid of Treaty Rights, Do Away with ReservesLands, and Assimilate. Never in history has there been so many bills regarding and impacting First Nations been pushed through the House of Commons at one time. They are below. All found below are changes of the Indian Act, impositions, and encroachments of legislations onto First Nation people without the right to free, prior, and informed consent.

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Diversity keeps us brilliantly rich

With deepest thanks to Darlene Dunn and JR Koroscil, here is the poster that will be going up at Atomic to let so-called homophobes know their hate sucks and is unwelcome ♥

Diversity keeps us brilliantly rich

If you find yourself impoverished in intellect and/or heart, and feel the need to bore others with your unoriginal small mind/big mouth self-hatred disguised as homophobia, have no fear, I have the perfect solution for folks that think just like you…


Before you write anything on the walls, or damage something already here, dare to take a small step towards loving yourself, right now, in this moment.

Yes! Why not?

Take that small step right out the door of this building and close it.

[I know you can do it, in fact I am cheering you on right now as you are reading this]

Start walking away from here and breathe in the fresh air, and clear your mind of all those archaic and, quite honestly, very unbecoming, out-of-style thoughts of yours.

Hurry along now! Be quick before the impulse to take that first step to self love dies.

Hurrah! Not only have you respected all of us in here, but you have respected yourself by removing yourself from an area where, for whatever reasons, you did not feel safe.


The Cycle of Giving 24 Hour Bike Build for Kids Begins!

To find out more, including how to donate and/or volunteer, visit =-)

Minimum Wage Machine by Blake Fall-Conroy (2008-2010)

Minimum Wage Machine
Blake Fall-Conroy, 2008-2010

This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corres

ponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.

This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.


The average worker earning minimum wage must work 130+ hours to afford rent in New York and California.

On the set of Architecture of an Atom directed by Juliacks

Cycle of Giving 24 Hour Kids Bike Building Marathon December 15 – 16, 2012

Back by popular demand…

Saturday December 15th & Sunday December 16th, 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cycle Of Giving is bringing volunteer mechanics together to build over 200 bicycles for Winnipeg children in need. We hope to raise $15,000 to purchase lights and locks for kids and provide free bikes and bike programing across the city. On December 15th – 16th the Atomic Centre @ 167 Logan will be transformed into a magic workshop where salvaged and donated used bicycles are turned into holiday dreams come true!

You can be part of the Cycle of Giving! To find out more, please click here!

First Friday Lecture with Juliacks

Contemporary Utopian/ Dystopian Fantasies

Friday, December 7, 2012, noon-1 pm at MAWA
611 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 0J7
Presented in partnership with Atomic Centre

As democratic and political turmoil unfolds in the wake of global recession, new-century visions of utopia and apocalypse come to the fore in pop and sub cultures. This talk will present examples of these catapulting and colliding dreams in our society, and will investigate idealistic desires ranging from Plato’s Republic to tomorrow’s Mayan Calendar.

Juliacks tells stories. Her comics have been published in magazines and anthologies such as The Graphic Canon (New York), Encyclopedia Destructica (Pittsburgh), Article (San Francisco), Windy Corner (Portland), Unicorn Mountain (Pittsburgh) and Kutikuti in Finland. Since 2007 she has been making performances related to her comic book “Swell” in Australia, the USA, Finland, Canada and Sweden. Juliacks has embarked on a global film and performance art project, Architecture of an Atom with screenings, performances and exhibitions related to it in Sweden, Rome, Denmark and Finland. Juliacks resides in France.
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