This online webinar – “A De-carceral City: Redefining Safety, Building Community” – brings together local community organizers to reimagine what it means to be safe in Ottawa situated on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. Speakers will also explore what measures can be taken to enhance our collective well-being by addressing housing, food, employment, health and mental health, citizenship and other forms of insecurity.
Prior to the pandemic, the City of Ottawa was developing a community well-being and safety plan based on public meetings and an online survey (see https://engage.ottawa.ca/Community-Safety-Well-Being-Plan). Alongside this exercise, local surveillance, policing, and jailing resources were in the process of being increased to facilitate the privatization and securitization of the commons (e.g. Lansdowne Park, the LRT, Lebreton Flats, etc.), while other forms of essential care and services remained under-resourced. Another future is possible.
1) What does community well-being and safety mean to you?
2) What measures can be taken to improve community well-being and safety?
Lema Ljtemaye (Climate Justice Ottawa), Fiona Jeffries (Ottawa Sanctuary City Network), Mumina Egal & Nima Hussein (Herongate Tenant Coalition), Dillon Black (Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women) & Souheil Benslimane (Criminalization and Punishment Education Project).
Rachel Fayter (Carceral Studies Research Collective)
Carceral Studies Research Collective
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