FRIDAY MARCH 18
Opening Panel – 7pm
with Ashanti Alston, Bridget Tolley, Julie Matson, Jaggi Singh
MRT 205 (U of O campus)
In this opening panel the panelists will speak about their various experiences with and analysis of the police, prisons and alternatives to both.
is a former member of the Black Panther Party and ex-political prisoner. He publishes the Zine Anarchist Panther and has been a guest lecturer at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, speaking on the Panthers and the history of Black nationalist movements. He has spent time in Chiapas, Mexico, studying the autonomous structure of Zapatista communities and working on his memoirs. Ashanti resides in Rhode Island, where he is presently the national co-chair of the Jericho Amnesty Movement, and an active member of Estacion Libre, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Critical Resistance.
is a member of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec. Her mother was struck and killed by the Quebec Police on October 6th, 2001.She believes that there was homicidal negligence on the part of Surete du Quebec officers and is presently working on a complete review of the investigation, arguing that homicide files were filled with inaccuries and incongruent reports and that police procedures were not conducted according to accepted practices.Bridget feels the dignity and respect of the deceased and family members was greatly breached by all police officers and the investigation team involved.
is the daughter of Ben Matson who was killed by Vancouver police in 2002. She is an activist who opposes police violence and impunity. She says investigations into police killings and brutality should be conducted by a third party not connected to any police force. She says the way police there handled the investigation into her father’s death is typical of what happens across the country.
“I witnessed first hand cover-ups, lies, misinformation [and] conveniently forgotten reports,” said Matson. “It’s not recognizing the real story that’s happening there. It’s just recognizing what they want to see, and that’s protecting themselves.”
is a long-time organizer and activist. He has been involved in many groups and campaigns over the years, especially the anti-capitalist movement (CLAC), anti-racism and migrant-justice (with No One Is Illegal – Montreal), indigenous solidarity and anti-police brutality. He was also targeted for arrest during the recent anti-g8/g20 protests in Toronto.
SATURDAY MARCH 19
Morisset rooms 219, 221, 250, 256 – U of O campus
More info and confirmed speakers to come soon
Anne K. Abbot
Ottawa Movement Defence
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Coalition Opposed to Police Brutality
Transvestite and Transsexual Health Action
Prostitutes of Ottawa: Work, Educate, Resist
The themes of the conference will be police violence, especially against resistance movements, how to support prisoners, state violence against indigenous communities, alternatives to prison, campaigns against state repression and much more.
We hope that you will be inspired by the conference and that this inspiration will translate into a renewal of local initiatives against police violence, prisons and creating alternatives to both.
Les thèmes de la conférence seront la violence policière dans les mouvements contestataires, comment supporter ceux présentement emprisonnés, la violence d’état dans les communautés Autochtones, les alternatives aux prisons, campagnes contre la répression et plusieurs autres.
Nous espérons que vous serrez inspirés par la conférence et que cette inspiration se traduira en un renouvellement d’initiatives locales contre la violence policière!
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