National Day of Remembrance event to address police violence

To mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, guest speakers will discuss intersectional approaches to police violence this Thursday at Brock.

To commemorate the massacre of 14 women at Montréal’s École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989, and to continue the conversation around violence against women and marginalized groups, several Brock departments and organizations will jointly host an event on Thursday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. in South Block 203.

“We believe the University community has much to learn from activist movements who are working to promote institutional accountability,” says Margot Francis, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.

“The panel marks an attempt to deepen our understanding of how institutions, like the police, can be implicated in gendered and racial violence,” she says.

The event will be moderated by Leela MadhavaRau, Director of the University’s Office of Human Rights and Equity, and will feature three speakers:

  • OmiSoore Dryden, Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, will address anti-black racism as well as policing and the negative impact on the black community.
  • Haran Vijayanathan, Executive Director of Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, will speak about the McArthur Murders and advocating against official indifferences to institutional change.
  • Robyn Bourgeois, Assistant Professor with Brock’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, will address the colonial policing of Indigenous people.

All are welcome. Lunch will be provided. No RSVP is required.

The event is co-sponsored by Brock University’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Human Rights and Equity Office, Tecumseh Centre for Indigenous Research and Education, Student Justice Centre, as well as Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) and Brock University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA).

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