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Thursday, October 19, 2017 — 7:00 PM EDT

Join us at Renison for the launch of the new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Taking place in Renison's atrium, a panel discussion, focused on subject matter related to the book, will include the author, Robyn Maynard, as well as representatives of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre.

Refreshments will be provided.

Policing Black Lives book coverAbout the book

Overview by Robyn Maynard

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 nearly 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 queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

About the author

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal GazetteWorld Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.


Media inquiries may be directed to Brendon Bedford.

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