Radical Research Week: CURE Concordia

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 Research for Social Transformation: a panel discussion on grassroots knowledge work with Ellen Gabriel, Robyn Maynard & Anne Goldenberg.

Organized by the Community University Research Exchange at Concordia University

Facebook event linked HERE

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#Blacksexworkerslivesmatter: White-Washed ‘Anti-Slavery’ and the Appropriation of Black Suffering

By Robyn Maynard for The Feminist Wire, republished by Truth-out and Incite Women of Colour Against Violence.

excerpt:  “But by hijacking the terminology of slavery, even widely referring to themselves as ‘abolitionists’, anti-sex work campaigners have not only (successfully) campaigned for funding and legal reform; but they do so without any tangible connections to historical or current Black political movements against state violence. Indeed in pushing for criminalization, they are often undermining those most harmed by the legacy of slavery. As Blacks persons across the Americas are literally fighting for our lives, it is urgent to examine the actions and goals of any mostly white and conservative movement who deign to be the rightful inheritors of an ‘anti-slavery’ mission which deigns to abolish prostitution but both ignores and indirectly facilitates brutalities waged against Black communities.”  


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Emotions in Motion: Keynote Panel


Keynote Panelists: Dayna Danger; Ed Lee; Kai Cheng; Kama La Mackerel; Rachel Zellars; Robyn Maynard
Moderators: Alan Wong & Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François

Two-Spirited activists and LGBTTQ activists of colour discuss the role of emotions in their social justice work and in the broader communities to which they claim belonging.
M.A.I. Gallery
3680 Jeanne-Mance St.
Wheelchair accessible

8 p.m.
Open to the general public
In English. Whisper translation provided.
Admission: Free (donations welcome)
Refreshments available

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Poster collaboration – Robyn Maynard and Jess Mac


This poster was made as a collaboration between Robyn Maynard and artist Jess Mac for the International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers, and has been used (with permission) by a new by-and-for sex workers organization in the Congo as well as several harm reduction projects across Canada.  For your own copy contact robynmaynard(at)gmail.com or contact Stella, l’amie de Maime at 514 285 1599.

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Closing Speaker Robyn Maynard : Unwanted populations: What can we do when ‘the law’ is only used to hurt

5:30 – 6pm, Saturday March 14th, 2015 at McGill Faculty of Law  FACEBOOK EVENT HEREradlaw

Blind faith in legal reform as a strategy is to be in denial of one reality:  unwanted bodies remain disposable both to the general population and to law enforcement, judges, and juries, no matter which laws are used to justify their dehumanization.   If black bodies and those in the sex trade are seen by police, judges, juries and general society as disposable, can narrow legal reform projects truly address and outlaw the hate and dehumanization which make this disposability possible?   Yet criminalization itself has power.  It carries a stigma which helps maintain particular populations’ status on the margins of society.  Drug, sex, and immigration laws perpetuate exclusion from the social fabric, and reinforce perceived disposability of those whom they target.   The criminal outlawing of drugs, and women and men’s ability to trade or sell sex in Canada have morally justified massive intrusions of law enforcement into our communities, helped fill prisons and youth detention centres, and helped ‘explain away’ the state and police violence that defines all to many black lives, especially those who trade in underground economies.  So what to do?  Despite massive limitations to its effectivity, using the law to fight back has still been highly useful as a tool for social change when rooted in larger movements.  Ending racially segregated education in Canada,  more recent fights by sex workers to decriminalize many laws surrounding their ability to work safely, and efforts to decriminalize drugs or at least reduce the severity of sentencing are legal reform strategies which can and do have material effects on the lives of those targeted by these laws. Robyn Maynard’s talk will explore the possibilities and limitations of movement-led legal reform as a political strategy when used by those whose bodies consistently remain the targets of police brutality and arrest.

The forum is organized by the McGill Radical Law Student Community and several other student clubs at the McGill Faculty of Law, including the Women of Colour Collective, the Black Law Students Association, the Aboriginal Law Students Association, the Human Rights Working Group – Immigration and Refugee Portfolio, the McGill Environmental Law Club, and the Disability and the Law Working Group, among others.

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Panel on Advocacy Journalism as part of Mcgill’s Journalism Week

Robyn Maynard will be speaking on a panel alongside Isabel MacDmcgill pic - copie 3onald (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Martin Lukacs (The Guardian), David Koch, Devni Walpola (Journalists for Human Rights – McGill Chapter).  February 19th, 5pm, SSMU Room #02.

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Panel: Carceral Feminism / Ten Months In An Immigration Jail; part of the Month Against Prisons ..

As part of the Month Against Prisons, members of No One Is Illegal-Montreal and Solidarity Across Borders will present on issues linked to criminalization, detention, incarceration and prisons.
Presentations include:
– Carceral Feminism: The Failure of Sex Work Prohibition by Robyn Maynard
– Ten Months In An Immigration Jail byArash Aslani

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 5-7pm
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204

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