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Know Your Rights! Activists and the Law (with mandy hiscocks)
July 7, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
What legal rights do we have when engaging in activism? What sorts of things can lead to arrest? What can we do to keep ourselves and each other safer? Even if our rights aren’t always upheld by the police and the courts, it’s good to know what they are. Find out how to prepare for situations where your rights may be challenged, what to do about it when they are, and how to support each other through what can be a challenging and frustrating process.
This workshop will cover Charter rights, common criminal charges, search and seizure, the arrest process, and bail conditions and procedures. We’ll talk about how to prepare for a potential arrest situation and how to set up legal support teams for actions and demonstrations. We’ll also discuss the personal, community and movement consequences of political arrests as well as privilege, responsibility and who is most at risk as they relate to the legal system.
This workshop aims to demystify one of the scarier aspects of activism and organizing, and provide some concrete tools that can help us feel more comfortable when we come into conflict with the law.
mandy hiscocks has been an organizer in Guelph since the late 90s. She has been arrested often, has been through bail and jail and many trials, and has been a member of countless legal support teams. mandy has had a lot of experience with the forces of law and order, but please note that she didn’t go to law school and isn’t a lawyer. She won’t be able to answer all of your questions and isn’t in a position to give anyone legal advice, but she may be able to help you with contacts and resources.
Monday July 7 6-9pm University Centre room 441