Dr. Gary Kinsman speaking about the use of surveillance and criminalization to regulate queer communities. Dr. Kinsman is a long-time queer liberation activist. His academic work has explored the use of security and surveillance structures to regulate gender and sexuality. Most recently, he co-authored the book the Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation with Patrizia Gentile.
What is Prisoner Justice Day?
On August 10th 1974, prisoner Eddie Nalon bled to death in the segregation unit of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison located in Bath, Ontario. On the first anniversary of Eddie´s death, prisoners at Millhaven refused to work, went on a one day hunger strike and held a memorial service, even though it would mean a stint in solitary confinement. Many of the alleged leaders in this one day peaceful protest would still be in segregation a year later. In 1976, thousands of prisoners across Canada went on a one day hunger strike, while Prison Justice Day Committees were formed in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia to organize community events to draw attention to the prisoners concerns. Prisoner Justice Day is marked all across the world by people inside and outside. (Source: Vancouver Prisoner Justice Day Organizing Committee)
This event is presented by Books Beyond Bars (BBB). BBB is a local initiative that goes into the women's section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside twice monthly to improve access to books, writing, and literature for incarcerated women. Contact email@example.com for more info. This event has been made possible with the support of the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group http://nspirg.org/