Each year, APIRG’s Programming Coordinator works hard to craft workshops, informational sessions, and other programming along a common theme affecting communities in Edmonton.
The Theme for 2016/2017 is Criminalization
the process by which certain people and their behaviours are deemed inherently criminal. Criminalized people are perceived as “more threatening,” and therefore, are punished more harshly than the same behaviour from a member of the dominant group.
Criminalization disproportionately affects folks in marginalized and stigmatized communities, such as members of the IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, etc.) communities. It affects people living with mental or physical disabilities, visible religious minorities such as Muslims, and labourers in shadow or illegal industries such as sex workers. Jasmine’s programming aims to not only bring awareness to these issues and their dire consequences, but to hear and validate the stories of those affected by criminalization, and create an avenue for resistance and healing.
Please join us for these necessary workshops, lectures, and discussions.