Background

Police killings and the suppression of protest in 2014 renewed and energized longstanding struggles against police violence in the United States. Movements such as Black Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter, and Trans Lives Matter highlight how police violence—legal and extralegal—operates through racialized, gendered, and sexualized frameworks. These interlaced mobilizations demand a substantive break from these enduring historical patterns of violence.

Resisting Arrest: A Conference on Policing & Insurgency responds to current conditions of police violence and structural inequality, drawing inspiration from old and new formations of resistance. Although primarily focused on the United States, with its national and imperial manifestations of police violence, Resisting Arrest aims to make connections among theaters of police violence, to link regionally, nationally, and globally scaled processes.

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