Fighting the Criminalization of Communities

Thu Mar 14 2024 at 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada | Vancouver

A.J. Withers
Publisher/HostA.J. Withers
Fighting the Criminalization of Communities
Understanding & Combating Carceral Approaches. Liat Ben-Moshe in conversation with local organizers Aero Marion and Ryan Sudds.
About this Event

It is widely acknowledged that housing is unfordable to many and social assistance is painfully low; yet homelessness is commonly attributed to individual pathologies - especially addiction and mental illness. Liat Ben-Moshe’s work demonstrates the argument “deinstitutionalization has led to the homelessness crisis” is a myth. She also links this issue to broader issues of policing, criminalization and white supremacy. Ben-Moshe’s work is especially relevant to what’s happening in Vancouver. Community organizers will discuss carceral (un)housing in Vancouver and engage in conversation with Ben-Moshe about the criminalization of marginalized communities and resistance.


Liat Ben-Moshe is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist working at the intersection of disability/madness, incarceration/decarceration and abolition. She is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Pr*son Abolition (2020) and co-editor of Disability Incarcerated (2014). For more, visit

Aero Marion: is on the board of the Vancouver Area Drug Users Network. Aero works with Our Streets and is a community researcher with the Carceral Housing Assemblage Research project.

Ryan Sudds: a settler on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. He is an activist filmmaker and an organizer with Stop the Sweeps, which challenges the displacement of unhoused people from public spaces. He is recovering from a decade working in politics and has two kids. X: @StopSweepsVan


A.J. Withers, the Ruth Wynn Woodward Jr. Chair in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at SFU. They are long-time homelessness & housing community organizer and author of Fight to Win: Inside Poor People's Organizing, A Violent History of Benevolence, with Chris Chapman, and Disability Politics and Theory (2nd Edition out in May) X: @theajwithers


Wheelchair accessible (2nd floor, with elevator & stairs)

Gender neutral and wheelchair accessible washrooms

ASL-English interpretation available if booked by March 8th by emailing [email protected].

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Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, School of Criminology, Ruth Wynn Woodward Jr. Chair & Vancity Office of Community Engagement

This is a masked event. Masks will be available at the door if needed.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada


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