Wednesday, March 09, 2011

July 22-24: 2nd INTERNATIONAL COPWATCH CONFERENCE in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The 2nd International Copwatch Conference will take place in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada on July 22, 23 and 24 of 2011.

The conference will include sessions of panel discussions, workshops, and video screenings that focus on particular aspects of policing. Some topics to be included are policing in the context of colonialism; policing and immigration; policing as a gendered and racialized practice; the fluidity of defining crime and criminality; keeping the police accountable; community alternatives to policing and practice of restorative justice models, and a range of other topics.

The diverse nature of this conference will allow copwatching groups and individuals from all over North America to share their particular experiences and knowledge of police in their communities, while contributing to a larger understanding of police in general and providing people with new creative tools and ideas to take back to their own communities.

Our goal is for this to be an event that people who have experienced police brutality can feel safe and comfortable attending. For many people who have experienced police misconduct and violence, the presence of law enforcement officials will make it an inaccessible event. For this reason this conference is open to anyone except law enforcement officials

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