UPDATED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS! The full schedule of events, during the Forum, including descriptions of panels, workshops, skillshares and speakers, is now online.
Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity
January 29-31, 2010
Centre communautaire de Parc-Extension
419 rue St-Roch (métro Parc)

FREE. Welcome to all!
(No police, no corporate media)
Childcare available on-site.
Not completely wheelchair accessible;
please get in touch with access needs.

OPENING PANEL: Join us for the opening event of the Forum on the evening of Friday, January 29 (6:30pm): Round-table: No Justice, No Peace — Why People Leave the Police.
This round-table will feature people who either went through police training and/or were part of a police force before leaving it, to eventually become social justice activists and organizers. Featuring: Gaby Pedicelli (completed the police technology program at Nicolet police academy); Marcel Sévigny (worked with the Montreal police force for almost 9 years in the 1960s and 1970s); and Will Prosper (worked for the RCMP for five years). Full details about this panel are linked here: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/schedule-january-29-31/friday-january-29-2010/
- Round-table: No Justice, No Peace – Why People Leave the Police (with Gaby Pedicelli, Marcel Sévigny and Will Prosper; facilitated by Nazila Bettache & Samir Shaheen-Hussain)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 10am-9pm
- Panel: A people’s history of police repression against social movements in Montreal (with Alexandre Popovic, Emma Strople, Jaggi Singh, Mubeenah Mughal, Patrick Cadorette & Sarita Ahooja)
- “Know your rights” workshop
(facilitated by Marieke of the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality)
- Workshop: “At Risk” Youth: At risk from whom? Police profiling of street youth and youth of colour
(with François, Jean-Bruno, Jillian S., Marie-Ève P., Meryem Saci, Nantali Indongo & Neil “Zibbs” Guilding; facilitated by Robyn Maynard)
- « Rude Awakening »: Interactive theatre presentation about police violence against people who use drugs
(presented by the Quebec Association for the Advocacy and Inclusion of Drug Users (ADDICQ))
- Skillshare workshop: Writing our rhymes down
(facilitated by Lynn Worrell, Meryem Saci & Nantali Indongo)
- Panel: Never again! Families speak out against police killings and impunity
(with: Bridget Tolley, Francine Registre & Najlaa Bennis; facilitated by François du Canal & Nargess Mustapha)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 10am-6pm
- Workshop-Discussion: The gender of police violence
(with Anna-Louise Crago, Ellen Gabriel, Jessica Yee, Marty Fink, Pamela Shauk and a member of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre; facilitated by Nora Butler Burke)
- Workshop: Asserting our rights when dealing with the police
(facilitated by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality)
- Workshop-Discussion: Taking care of our communities — Justice without Police
(facilitated by Isabel Gonzalez & Loira Limbal)
- Skillshare workshop: Making film
(facilitated by members of the Independent Media Centre (IMC) and the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality, plus friends)
- Skillshare workshop: Stenciling & Wheatpasting 101
(facilitated by the Ste Emilie Skillshare)
- Strategizing session & Concluding statements
For the COMPLETE SCHEDULE visit: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/schedule-january-29-31
A description of the SPEAKERS at the Forum are listed here: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/schedule-january-29-31/speakers/

The Forum will culminate with a music show at IL MOTORE (179 Jean-Talon West) featuring the following acts: Black Ocean * Butta Beats * Dramatik * E.L.B.Y. & Woods * Emrical * Le Grand Slack * Karma Atchykah * Maytiss * Meryem Saci * Micros Armés * Nantali Indongo * The Narcicyst * Queen Ka * Sikh Knowledge * Soké * TuThree * Waahli * and more! For details about the show, visit: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/spectacleshow/

The Forum supports the upcoming gathering at Montreal’s Courthouse (St-Antoine/St-Laurent) against Jean-Loup Lapointe, the police officer who killed Fredy Villaneuva. For more details about the gathering, visit: http://www.lacrap.org/comite-dacceuil-pour-le-bourreau-jean-loup-lapointe


HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Endorse the Forum … Promote the Forum … Meet with us … Tell us how you would like to be involved … Contribute … Volunteer. More details available here: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/how-to-get-involved
DOWNLOADS: Colour and black&white posters for the Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity are available for download here: http://forumcontrelaviolencepoliciere.wordpress.com/telechargementsdownloads
The FORUM AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE AND IMPUNITY is a Montreal-based collaborative effort by grassroots social justice activists and community organizers to create a space that will allow for discussion, sharing experiences, and developing strategies in the on-going struggle to live free of police violence.
The most effective way to combat police harassment, profiling and violence is by building meaningful relationships of solidarity and mutual aid in our various campaigns and struggles. Together, we hope to strengthen our movements against police violence and impunity in the here and now, while simultaneously working towards building a future society without police violence.
The Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity is endorsed by:
À Deux Mains/Head & Hands * Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTTeQ) * Alfie Roberts Institute * Apatrides Anonymes * Artivistic * Association facultaire étudiante des sciences humaines (AFESH-UQÀM) * Association pour la Défense des Droits et l’Inclusion des personnes qui Consomment des drogues du Québec (ADDICQ) * Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) * Centre des femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs (CFIA) * Centre social autogéré * Centre des Travailleurs et Travailleuses Immigrants / Immigrant Workers Centre (CTI-IWC) * CKUT (90.3FM) * Coalition contre la repression et les abus policiers (CRAP) * Coalition Justice pour Anas * Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP) * Comité citoyen de Parc-Extension/Citizens’ Committee of Park Extension * Comité des sans-emploi Montréal Centre * Délégation Droits et Démocratie de l’UQÀM * Groupe de recherche d’intérêt public de l’UQÀM (GRIP-UQÀM) * Inter Pares (with support from the Ken and Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund) * Jeunesse 2000 * Kabataang Montréal (KM) * La Pointe Libertaire * McGill Anti-Racist Coalition (MARC) * Mères et Grand-mères pour la Vie et la Justice * Missing Justice Collective * Montréal-Nord Républik (M-NR) * No One Is Illegal/Personne n’est illegal-Montréal * Philippine Women Center of Quebec (PWC-Q) * Prisoner Correspondence Project * Project X * Projet Rapport d’Abus et Discrimination, Information et Sensibilisation (RADIS) * Q-Team * Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) Concordia * Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) McGill * reclaim! (radical environmentalists concerned about the lack of anti-capitalist ideas in the movement) * Réseau de la Commission populaire/People’s Commission Network * School of Community and Public Affairs/École des affaires publiques et communautaires * Solidarité sans frontières/Solidarity Across Borders * South Asian Women’s Community Center (SAWCC)/Centre des femmes Sud-Asiatiques * Ste-Emilie Skillshare * 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy * Winnipeg Copwatch * Writing Our Rhymes Down (W.O.R.D.)