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Video: Jodi A. Byrd on Indigeneity, Financialization, and the Logics of Dispossession

September 27, 2016

We live in a moment completely saturated with neoliberalism’s intimate enthrallment with capital. It is a moment also defined by the enduring dispossessive logics of settler colonialism that continue to inform our relationships to space, bodies, and to each other. Drawing upon recent scholarship in critical ethnic studies, indigenous critical theory, and settler colonial studies, […]


Dr. Jodi A. Byrd on Roundhouse Radio

September 23, 2016

Dr. Jodi A. Byrd, first speaker of The Social Justice Institute’s Noted Scholars Lecture Series, is interviewed by Minelle Mahtani on Sense of Place, Roundhouse Radio.


Oralia Gomez-Ramirez on The West End Sex Workers Memorial

September 23, 2016

In 1982 a local by-law expelled sex workers, many of them trans sex workers, from the area where they worked the on-street sex trade in Vancouver’s West End. Many of them were fined as they sought to continue carrying out their work. Pushed further out into Vancouver’s Eastern side, this forced displacement of sex workers […]


DailyXtra: Sex workers to be honoured with West End monument

September 23, 2016

After years in the making, a sex worker memorial in Vancouver’s West End will finally be unveiled this Friday. The monument will honour the sex workers who once were part of a flourishing community before being expelled from the area and pushed aside to Yaletown and parts further east, after a July 1984 Supreme Court injunction […]


National Post: Vancouver memorial recognizes sex-trade workers and ‘golden age of prostitution’

September 23, 2016

It was an era of “unrelenting hooker-bashing,” UBC sociology professor Becki Ross wrote in a 2010 academic paper. A group of “disaffected citizens … launched a crackdown on ‘sex deviance’ with the most exercised throwing eggs, tomatoes and beer bottles at community meetings and during public altercations.”


Vancouver Sun: West End sex workers honoured with memorial

September 23, 2016

“The early 1980s marked the full-fledged anti-prostitution crusade to purge sex workers from the West End,” said Becki Ross, a University of B.C. sociology professor who has specialized in the sex trade. “Davie sex workers built the foundation of what would become this city’s first Gay-bourhood, and yet hookers on Davie have never been honoured […]


Geogia Straight: City of Vancouver unveils West End Sex Workers Memorial

September 23, 2016

The West End sex worker community will not be forgotten, thanks to the efforts of Vancouver activists. A memorial located at the corner of Jervis and Pendrell streets, in front of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, was unveiled on September 16.


Sexual Assault at the University of British Columbia: Prevention, Response, and Accountability

September 15, 2016

June 2016, Recommendations for President Martha Piper, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Prepared by: UBC Sexual Assault Panel


First in Canada: West End Memorial To Honour Sex Workers

September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 MEDIA RELEASE- First in Canada:  West End Memorial To Honour Sex Workers In 2008, the West End Sex Workers Memorial Committee was co-founded by Indigenous trans sex work activist Jamie Lee Hamilton and UBC professor Becki Ross. Our mandate is commemoration of the once vibrant, diverse, pimp-free community of sex workers whose […]


Vancouver will commemorate sex workers’ ouster from West End

September 12, 2016

A Vancouver memorial will be unveiled on September 16 to honour sex workers expelled from the West End during the 1980s. Jamie Lee Hamilton initiated the project eight years ago; she says the commemorative work recognizing the lives of sex workers is the first of its kind in Canada.