Robyn Maynard, along with author Dave Austin and other researchers and activists, is featured providing analysis and information in the new documentary film “Twice Removed: Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada,” by Lillian Boctor. This film tells the story of Nicholas, who was deported on August 9, 2012, after living 30 years in Canada, to Guyana, a country he hadn’t seen since he was 9 years old, and where he knew no one. Under Canadian immigration law, non-citizens who are convicted of criminal offenses are punished twice: once when they’re sentenced for their crime, and a second time when they are permanently removed from Canada, even if they had lived here since childhood. They are often sent, with few resources, to places where they have little or no connections. This is known as “double punishment.” People are often subject to double punishment as a direct result of racial profiling: a recent study proves that racial profiling by police is endemic in Montreal. Neighbourhoods that have larger numbers of immigrants and people of colour are over-policed and criminalized. Nicholas’s story shares many elements with thousands of others who have been deported from Canada and the U.S. as “criminal aliens” since the 1990s. TO WATCH FILM CLICK HERE
Robyn Maynard is proud to have contributed to Undoing Border Imperialism, an exciting new book by Harsha Walia that reframes immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. Preface by Andrea Smith.
Copies can be ordered here
Information about Montreal launch forthcoming!
Robyn Maynard and Shirene Eslami co-authored a chapter in the upcoming anthology on the anarchist movement in Quebec, entitled “Nous sommes ingouvernables - Les anarchistes au Québec aujourd’hui” by Lux Editeur. The launch will take place in Montreal on March 13th, at Coop Katakombs, 1635 boul. St. Laurent, more information on the launch HERE.
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Textes réunis et présentés par Rémi Bellemare-Caron, Émilie Breton, Marc-André Cyr, Francis Dupuis-Déri et Anna Kruzynski
The latest issue of Stella’s bi-annual magazine ConStellation is now available! This issue, researched, edited, compiled, and partially written by Robyn Maynard, explores sex workers human and labour rights in Canada and across other countries. The issue features a timeline of sex workers rights in Canada, and also focuses on different legal models surrounding sex work including legalization, decriminalization, and criminalization (including the so-called ‘Swedish model’). It also lends focus to anti-trafficking policies, and the criminalization of HIV, and discusses how this affects sex workers’ rights. Contact Stella to purchase a copy!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 6pm-9pm
at Café L’Artère, 7000 Avenue du Parc
(south of Jean-Talon, near métro Parc, Montréal)
Featured speaker: NANDITA SHARMA
Nandita is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the commons. She is the author of “Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada”, as well as the article “Anti-Trafficking Rhetoric in the Making of Global Apartheid.” She is a professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
The panel will also include presentations by community organizers ROBYN MAYNARD & JAGGI SINGH. Robyn Maynard will discuss anti-trafficking campaigns as they relate to sex workers and migrants in Canada and internationally.
by Robyn Maynard in 2bmag online
Robyn Maynard reports on representing Montréal’s Stella at the Sex Workers Freedom Festival in Kolkata, which took place from July 21-26 as a satellite to the the 19th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. “The HIV/AIDS epidemic has never been purely a neutral public health issue,” she writes, explaining how infection rates have manifest along the lines of structural inequalities within societies, on a global scale.
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by Robyn Maynard in FUSE Magazine – 35-3/ABOLITION
Anti-prostitution women’s groups — comprised of women morally and politically opposed to the very existence of the sex trade — have a far-reaching influence in the Canadian political climate that can be traced back to the colonization of Canada. While these groups often promote themselves as advancing an abolitionist feminist agenda, prohibitionist feminism is a more accurate descriptor, and will be used throughout this essay.  In the present writing, I will argue that the strategies of prohibitionist feminists do not serve the health and well-being of sex workers, but actually result in the criminalization of the very people they purport to protect. In contrast, the arguments in this essay promote a model of solidarity with sex workers, in support of their own movements for health, security and dignity within the sex trade.
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