MEDIA RELEASE: Racism and the Justice System: A Sudbury Event

Sep 16, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Racism and the Justice System: A Sudbury Event

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SUDBURY, ONTARIO, September 15, 2011 – Community members, activists, and scholars will come together on Saturday, September 17 for a unique afternoon of discussion about racism and the justice system. The event will be held at the Aboriginal People's Alliance of Northern Ontario (APANO) at 66 Elm Street, Sudbury, at 1 pm.

The event will involve speakers as well as opportunities for members of the community to share their experiences if they wish. Professor Alexis Shotwell of Laurentian University will present a brief talk to introduce some basic ideas about racism, what it is, and how it shapes our lives. Justin Piché, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Memorial University in Newfoundland, will be presenting via video about the realities and problems of “law and order” politics in Canada today. John Moore, a local Ojibwe man, will talk about his own struggle against an unjust and racist conviction and about racism and the justice system more generally. And Laura Hall, an indigenous feminist scholar and activist, will give a presentation called “The Strong Arm of the State: A Discussion about Prisons and Indigenous Rights in Canada.”

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Snacks will be served.

The event is sponsored by Justice and Freedom for John Moore, Sudbury Against War and Occupation, the Sudbury and District Labour Council, and the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy at Laurentian University.

Justice and Freedom for John Moore is a committee composed of Moore himself and some of his core supporters from the Sudbury area. For more information, please call Scott Neigh at