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Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada Panel Discussion

Thursday Sep 29 2022 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube
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Join Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada (Between the Lines) anthology editor Kevin Walby and a panel of local organizers for a discussion of abolitionist campaigns and successes on Treaty 1 territory and beyond, with contributions from members of Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg, and the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Kevin Walby is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Winnipeg. He has authored or co-authored articles in British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Research, Punishment & Society, Antipode, Policing and Society, Urban Studies, Surveillance and Society, Media, Culture, and Society, Sociology, Current Sociology, International Sociology, Social Movement Studies, and more. He is author of Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting (University of Chicago Press) and co-editor of a number of other titles.

Leon Laidlaw (he/they) is a Ph.D. Candidate at Carleton University and part-time contract instructor. His work weaves together the fields of trans studies, critical criminology (abolition), and settler colonial studies. He is a white settler, queer and trans man born and currently residing on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). He is a captain with the Mama Bear Clan Patrol and a member of the Winnipeg Police Cause Harm.

Ella Taylor (she/they) is a Criminal Justice honours student at the University of Winnipeg. She has worked in a variety of Winnipeg non-profit organizations, and has organized with Justice4BlackLivesWinnipeg and the Abolitionist Futures Collective. They are Gurage, born and raised on Treaty 1 territory, with familial connections in Treaty 5 Territory. She is passionate about harm reduction, the liberation of all marginalized peoples, and horror movies!

The Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition (SWWAC) is made up of very careful and responsible drivers. SWWAC’s goal is to make things safer for sex workers in Winnipeg. They are a cat-loving, awesome bunch who first came together to fight against Bill C-36 in 2014. From 2014 to early 2017, they were known as the Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers’ Rights.



Disarm, Defund, Dismantle

- Shiri Pasternak , Kevin Walby , Abby Stadnyk

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Canadian laws are just, the police uphold the rule of law and treat everyone equally, and without the police, communities would descend into chaos and disorder. These entrenched myths, rooted in settler-colonial logic, work to obscure a hard truth: the police do not keep us safe. This edited collection brings together writing from a range of activists and scholars, whose words are rooted in experience and solidarity with those putting their lives on the line to fight for police abolition in Canada. Together, they imagine a different world--one in which police power is eroded and dissolved forever, one in which it is possible to respond to distress and harm with assistance and care.