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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Panel: Perspectives on Racism, Colonialism and Police Violence

Police violence is everywhere. It is visible not just in police killinpanel photogs, but also in everyday practices of surveillance, profiling, harassment, and coercion. In all of this, racism and colonialism are close by – though not always in the same way.

This event focuses on the connections between racism, colonialism, and police violence. Panelists – all of them active in the fight against police violence – will talk about how violence appears in the policing of migrants; in indigenous communities; and in places like Montréal-Nord, Halifax, and Ferguson, MO.

Panelists include:

– Robyn Maynard (Stella, No One Is Illegal)
– Nargess Mustapha (Montréal-Nord Républik)
– Clifton Nicholas (Kanienkehaka activist and filmmaker)
– El Jones (Halifax-based poet and activist)

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No One Is Illegal Radio: Fear of a Black Planet

To celebrate Black History Month is a special edition podcast, No One Is Illegal Radio:  Fear of a Black Planet, a show focused on Black Power and Black resistance in Canada and beyond. 

This special in-studio discussion features two of Montreal’s most prominent black historians, David Austin,  author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, and DJ Andy Williams, Black music historian, educator, archivist, and DJ.

David Austin discusses his research on the Black Power movement in Montreal, detailing the collaboration between black Caribbean activists and Montreal’s older black communities in fighting racial injustice in 1960’s Montreal.  Discussing Angela Davis, George Jackson, and the modern imprisonment and policing of black populations, he critiques the notion that we have acheived a ‘post-race’ society, and ties in historical and current injustices faced by the black population in Canada.

DJ Andy Williams speaks to the role of art in fighting colonialism and racism, and the effects of the Black Power movement on music more generally. He also shares important musical pieces from his unparalleled collection of vinyl records.

This podcast is a rebroadcast of August 2013’s edition of No One Is Illegal Radio.


No One Illegal Radio in Montreal is hosted and produced by Robyn Maynard and Jaggi Singh.

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Twice Removed: Double Punishment in Canada

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

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Contribution in new anthology: Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia

ImageRobyn 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!

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Book launch: “Nous sommes ingouvernables: Les anarchistes au Québec aujourd’hui”

Robyn Maynard and Shirene Eslami co-authored a chapter in the upcoming anthology on the anarchbook coverist 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.

For more information or to order a copy of the book, click HERE

Textes réunis et présentés par Rémi Bellemare-Caron, Émilie Breton, Marc-André Cyr, Francis Dupuis-Déri et Anna Kruzynski

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