Events and Conferences

Public presentation: Criminalization of the poor in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

October 22, 2014

This presentation by VANDU members and staff will show how the war on drugs, and the police process we call 'mining for crime' is being used to fill expanding, semi-privatized remand centres in British Columbia.

We will discuss how the police are using minor drug charges, by-law enforcement, mandatory minimums and a host of 'administration of justice' charges to permanently criminalize poor people who use drugs in our community.

Finally we will put forward an alternative (non-criminalizing) approach to deal with the issues facing our community based on community organization, drug user liberation and social and economic justice.

Date: November 7, 2014

Time: 1:30

Location: Saywell Hall Room 10218 (the large seminar room)

If you are a graduate student whose research is based in the downtown Eastside, please contact Ehsan Jozaghi ( If there are enough interested students, we'll form a graduate student working group to share information and resources.

Ehsan Jozaghi is currently a Vanier Scholarship winner and PhD student in the School of Criminology at SFU.

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