Conversations on Community Safety: Policing Indigenous & Racialized People

When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Surrey City Central Library, Room 418 (Ambedkar Room, fourth floor), 10350 University Drive, Surrey (next to Surrey Central Skytrain Station)

Experiments are being carried out in Surrey to develop new strategies to manage “social disorder” through policing. We see the devastating effects of these experiments on the Surrey Strip, where police “outreach” teams subject homeless people to surveillance, criminalization, and violence. Similarly, the Anti-Gang Task Force functions to shore up the power of the police, while targeting Black, Indigenous and racialized youth.

This Conversation on Community Safety will focus specifically on the impacts of policing on racialized, Black, and Indigenous communities. After hearing from a few speakers, we will have the chance to unpack these issues together in conversation, probe the structural and ideological underpinnings of police violence, and talk about ways we can organize together to take action against state oppression.

This event is being organized by the Alliance Against Displacement on the occupied, unceded traditional Coast Salish Territories, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt, Kwikwetlem, Tsawwassen, and Semiahmoo Nations.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

Free parking is available in the North Surrey Rec Centre parking lot (by the bus loop) if you register your license plate at the kiosk inside the library on the 1st floor.

There are gendered, wheelchair accessible public washrooms available on each floor and one private, gender-neutral washroom that must be accessed through staff on the main floor.