28. September 2017 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Policing Black Lives: Community Discussion with Robyn Maynard | AKA Autonomous Social Centre | Thursday, 28. September 2017

Join author and activist Robyn Maynard and local community members for the community launch of Robyn's new book - Policing Black Lives, and a discussion about anti-Black state violence and resistance to anti-Black racism in Kingston.

Made possible with the generous support of the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre!

About the book: "Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of over four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as *****, trans, and undocumented Black communities."

About Robyn: "Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist who has spent years documenting racist and gender-based state violence. Her main areas of focus are anti-Black racism and the criminalization drugs and *** work. She has spent the better part of the decade doing frontline harm-reduction outreach work in Montreal, and continues to provide trainings for health and social service providers on the harms created by systemic racism, criminal laws and stigmatization."

About the event: First we will hear from Robyn who will speak about her book. Then we will invite local people with intimate knowledge of anti-Black racism in a Kingston-context to share their reflections. Finally, we will open up the floor for a discussion of strategies to counter anti-black racism and state violence.

Books will be available for purchase! More details soon.

This is a free event, open to all. For questions, concerns or accessibility needs, please contact germinations(at)riseup(dot)net.

Note: you can also catch Robyn earlier in the day for he campus book launch hosted by Studis in National and International Development, from 1-2:30pm at Queen's: