Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Who are the people who express a need for safe communities? From whom do they feel unsafe? And why? This public conversation considers whether a community safety perspective can further contribute to control over poor and racialized communities. To what extent do biases conflate feelings of insecurity and further enable localized entitlement?
Rachelle Rose is currently studying at both the McGill University Faculty of Law and School of Social Work. Since her graduation from McGill’s School of Social Work with a bachelor’s degree in 2014, she has been committed to social justice-related work in Montreal’s Black community, specifically, working with Black youth.
Karl Thomas was born in Haiti and grew up in the city of Montreal in Cotes des Neiges. He found his passion for working in the community at an early age. At the age of 14, he met a community worker, that quickly became a mentor and his go-to person for any bad or good situation he had in his life. He didn’t grow up with much but always made the best with what he had. Today, he can proudly say he has been working as a community worker for more than ten years for Prevention CDN-NDG.
Ralph also known as Waahli Yussef in the artistic world was born in Montreal of Haitian parents. He is known as a community builder, musician and a paralegal. He has been working for over 10 years as À deux mains / Head & Hands’ Legal Coordinator. Ralph believes in maintaining a bridge of access to justice for all by providing a wealth of tools and legal resources to youth especially, youth of colour.
Accessibility: There is an access ramp at the entrance. There are gender-neutral washrooms in proximity to the room where the conversation will be held.