Last month our Senior Policy Associate Rebecca Roberts attended the 'Policing the crisis' conference organised by Defend the Right to Protest. She spoke about criminal justice in times of austerity.
The conference brought together activists, writers, lawyers and researchers to focus on civil liberties, the criminalisation of protest, and the racist demonisation of suspect communities. Selected footage of the conference is now available to watch on Youtube.
The opening plenary session includes the speakers:
- Imran Khan, civil rights lawyer
- Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo prisoner
- Hannah Dee, Defend the Right to Protest
- Aamer Anwar, lawyer to Sheku Bayoh
- Shelly Asquith, National Union of Students VP Welfare
Talks by Wail Qasim, Defend the Right to Protest, and Janaya Khan, co-founder #BlackLivesMatter Toronto, at the final plenary session are also available.
You can read an abridged version of Rebecca's speech here.