To date we have also hosted a series of ‘Sites of Resistance’ events in Manchester. These spaces have been convened to build alliances in which issues of truth and voice, power and knowledge, can be explored and those new possibilities of freedom and justice be glimpsed.
Sites of Resistance (RCC) aims to bring all those involved in key issues of those marginalised in society, the events will allow a sharing of idea’s and values. Aiming to achieve work in the field and on paper.
The final session ‘Giving Voice to the Next Generation’ created an activist space within which young people from local communities impacted by crime and criminalisation can make their contribution to the debate. Providing a space so they can make their voice heard. One which challenges the harmful effects of discriminations and inequalities in the process of criminalisation, experienced every day in their communities. We believe that, as the voice of the next generation, it is theseyoung leaders, activists, academics and all young people seeking to take a role in their communities, who can ultimately shape effective sites of resistance in the future.
This panel session will consider the potential value of linking struggles for justice across a range of different issues or events, and specifically the role of the academic who may work alongside campaigners and activists. Speakers with experience of working across a number of justice campaigns will consider the strategies used to collectively ask questions of the State in order to bring about wider notions of justice.
‘We fight the same battles over and over again. They are never won for eternity, but in the process of struggling together, in community, we learn how to glimpse new possibilities that otherwise would never have become apparent to us, and in the process we expand and enlarge our very notion of freedom’
(Angela Y Davis, 2009 ‘Difficult Dialogues’)
This session will consider the role of the documentary film maker in supporting challenges against injustice. The session will include the screening and discussion of sections of recent documentaries which reveal the criminalisation of certain communities, and instances of injustice by the State. This discussion is connected to the ongoing work of academics in the MMU Sociology department focussed on Joint Enterprise laws and the Hillsborough tragedy.
In this seminar Professor Baz Dreisinger (John Jay College, New York) spoke about her book ‘Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World’, a first-person odyssey through prisons in nine countries, beginning in Africa and concluding in Europe. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them. Creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex.
members of the Angola 3, Albert Woodfox & Robert King for a screening of footage from the new Film Documentary ‘Cruel & Unusual’. Followed by a by a Q&A with two members of the Angola 3, who will speak about their experiences and their on-going campaign to end solitary confinement and free all political prisoners in the USA.
The ‘Sites of Resistance’ day will launch the Resisting ‘Crime’ and Criminalisation (RCC) group that Kathryn Chadwick, Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams are establishing. The event will bring together community organisations, activists, students and academics to consider ways in which we can collaborate to realise collective aims. The challenge for the day is to build a critical voice to support and empower local and national communities, organisations and campaigns which strive to alleviate the harmful effects of discriminations and inequalities in the process of criminalisation.