Policing Injustice: Fighting Racism and the Far-Right in Palestine and Canada
This panel discussion will look at the ways that the police in Canada and in Palestine work to uphold racism, colonialism and the far-right. The work of Canadian and Israeli police officers, as well as Intelligence agencies like the Mossad and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), is integral to the preservation of the political regimes of both countries. Canada and Israel use their police and security agencies to stifle dissent to their racist policies, and to disrupt resistance to colonialism and white supremacy.
The speakers will include spokespersons from Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton, Leila Attar (Overdose Prevention Ottawa), César Rimy Émery Ansey-Moussa (President of North-South Development Roots & Culture Canada), and Matt Cicero (No Pasaran).
This event is part of Israeli Apartheid Week, and also commemorates International Day Against Police Brutality and is being organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton and the March 15 Coalition.
The organizers acknowledge that Ottawa, and the entire Ottawa river watershed is the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation, and that the area is being illegally occupied by the Canadian state.
Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00pm
233 Gilmour St.
(Metcalfe and Gilmour)
JK Wyllie Boardroom, PSAC building
More on the speakers:
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) Carleton works in support of the global call from Palestinian civil society for Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions.
On Carleton campus, our work aims to raise awareness about Palestinian human rights and promote a socially ethical investment policy for the university. We are a non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive group that functions on consensus. Specifically, our programming consists of academic and cultural events focused on our mandate, in particular, our annual “Israeli Apartheid Week” in March.
For more information: http://www.saiacarleton.com/
Leila Attar is an activist with Overdose Prevention Ottawa (OPO). In the summer and fall of 2017 OPO ran an overdose prevention site in the Market neighborhood of Ottawa as a response to the ongoing overdose epidemic. OPO is “community members, and service providers in Ottawa who have come together to respond to an overdose crisis that has taken so many of our friends and loved ones from us.”
For more information: https://overdosepreventionottawa.wordpress.com/
César Rimy Émery Ansey-Moussa is the President of North-South Development Roots & Culture Canada (website coming soon). Educator on equity & inclusivity issues also member of a think tank on equity & inclusivity. Pan-africanist activist. He holds a higher studies certificate from the ministry of education of France on racism and antisemitism.
Matt Cicero is a spokesperson for the anti-authoritarian and anti-fascist collective No Pasaran. He is a writer, artist, activist, and a ritual abuse survivor.
In 2010 he was arrested in connection with the firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada, but the charges were ultimately dropped due to a lack of evidence against him. The arrest brought to light a police agent who had infiltrated the Ottawa radical activist community. He is the author of “Infiltrated! How to prevent political police from undermining grassroots solidarity” and co-author with Mariful Alam of the forthcoming essay “Political Policing and the Surveillance Matrix: Reflection for Organizers”. He blogs at stonesandsticksandwords.wordpress.com.