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No Pride in Policing: The Rainbow-Washing of Police in Pride

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---EVENT DESCRIPTION---
The history of the contemporary North American pride movement is one that is marked by its torrid history with the police. From the Compton's Cafeteria riots to the Sex Garage raids and from Stonewall to Operation Soap, it is clear that the police have not been the best allies to our communities.

Recently, however, the police have decided to invite themselves into our movements. This is often done in an apparent effort to show solidarity. This talk will address the issues surrounding police presence at pride through an intersectional, anti-oppressive lens.

--- ACCESSIBILITY NOTES ---
While we understand that it is not possible to make a space fully accessible for all people, we took steps to ensure that this space would be as accessible as possible to as many folks as possible. This space is fully physically accessible to folks with reduced mobility and has single stall, non-gendered restrooms. There is a limited amount of free parking. Please note that the content of this presentation might be triggering to some, as we will be discussing issues of police violence against queer and racialized bodies.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility or any specific needs, please email accessible@vincentmousseau.net.

--- TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ---
This event will be taking place on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people. These territories, comprising the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River) watershed, and including all of Canada’s national capital region, were never surrendered or ceded by the Algonquin nation. This is a reality inherent in the Indigenous legal system of the Algonquin nation, but it is also recognized in Canadian common law, as laid out in the Royal Proclamation of 1763, and the Constitution Act of 1982.

Systems of colonization were utilized to fraudulently acquire this land and exploit its resources. Much of privilege and opportunities available to settlers (i.e., non-Algonquin people) living in Ottawa are a result of this ongoing and grave injustice. While we continue to benefit from this oppression, there are Algonquin communities not far from Ottawa which are still without clean drinking water and adequate housing, and where families live in dire poverty.

(Land acknowledgement adapted from the website of the Carleton University Muslim Students Association(CUMSA))

--- ABOUT THE PRESENTER ---
Vincent Mousseau (they/them) is a community organizer, educator, student, and activist based in based in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal, QC), on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation. As both an activist and an educator, their areas of expertise include anti-oppressive framework, intersectional analysis, Black Lives Matter activism, and contemporary anti-assimilationist queer activism.

--- ABOUT QUEERING613 ---

Queering613 collectively strives to create spaces that are free of as many barriers as possible as means to working towards liberation. This means that we are all responsible for creating the spaces we desire, by educating ourselves, each other and ensuring that we are continually engaging in these conversations and creating relationships of support and collective responsibility. While we recognize that no space is exclusively “safe” for anyone, we must collectively work towards mitigating harms.

Queering613 works towards recognizing dynamics of power and privilege that exist within society and which have historically oppressed our communities. We believe that these same dynamics and tensions exist within our own communities and we are working continuously towards addressing these tensions and creating supportive spaces. People participating in our events and dance parties are asked to be aware of their language and behavior and to think about whether these may be harming others. Our spaces are not spaces for explicit or implicit violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, sizeism, fatphobia, sexual harassment, and gender policing, or doing anything to another person without their consent. Acting in a way that disrespects, harms others or undermines these values will not be tolerated.

Queering613 reserves the right to assess & manage circumstances and situations in the best interest of our collective vision towards creating ‘liberation’ spaces.

--- LIBERATION SPACE INFORMATION ---
This is a Liberation Space:
o We build community, we amplify & we pushback
o We are working towards inclusivity
o We are working towards being critical & self-reflexive
o We are working towards self-determination & not just safety
o We work to deconstruct systems of oppression & violence
o We support people's choices & recognize these choices in
contexts of constraint
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