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Living the Limit: Criminalization, Incarceration and the Law

Living the Limit: Criminalization, Incarceration and the Law

A panel discussion to celebrate the double book launch of:

Dean Spade’s Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law


David Gilbert’s Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground and Beyond

Thursday, February 16, 7pm
Sandford Fleming Building, Room 1101
10 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto
(copies of both books will be available for sale at the event)

Patterns of criminalization and incarceration reveal that the state disproportionately persecutes marginalized people through its legal, policing, and social services. This panel looks at how we might build social movements critical of these state apparatuses that maintain structures of injustice, while still recognizing our need to navigate them strategically in order to provide crucial support for those most vulnerable to persecution or already struggling in prison.


Dean Spade is an attorney, educator, and trans activist who has taught classes on sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty and law at the City University of New York (CUNY), Seattle University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal services and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice.

Christa Big Canoe, is a First Nation woman, mother and lawyer, who aspires to increase access to justice for Aboriginal people. She is known as a passionate advocate for First Nation children and women’s rights, as well as rights for equal access to education and care. She is currently the Legal Advocacy Director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

AJ Withers is a Toronto-based anti-poverty and disability justice organizer and author. They have worked with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) for many years and their book Disability Politics and Theory will be out this spring through Fernwook Publishing.

(The event will feature an audio statement from David Gilbert, followed by a reading of an excerpt from his book Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground)

David Gilbert is an American political prisoner who is currently serving a 75 year to life sentence at Auburn Correctional Facility. Gilbert was a founding member of Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground Organization. Imprisoned since 1981, David continues to organize from the inside and has inspired, and acted as a mentor to new generations of activists.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.
*Childcare is available if notice is provided before Friday, February 10th.
*ASL translation can be made available if notice is provided before Monday, February 6th

Sponsored by OPIRG-Toronto.
Endorsed by Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, Upping the Anti, Toronto Anarchist Black Cross


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