About

 

Introductions

We are three feminists who met while in law school in Canada’s capital region. We believe in access to justice and ensuring that our communities have all the tools it needs to help fight against institutional, structural and cultural violence.

Our names are MayooriSamantha, and Naomi.

As Tamil, Grenadian-Trinidadian and Indigenous women, we choose to begin with the new carding legislation since parts of these regulations come into force on July 1, 2016. We know many people who mobilized to bring the carding issue to the public discourse have spoken up and out against the regulations, and we support these movements. We also support the calls to end carding, and ultimately, to end the continued policing and criminalization of our communities. We do emphasize, however, that this information is not legal advice and should not be treated as such–the information here is simply a contribution to the many tools developed by communities to resist policing and to fight against criminalization. We want to make this information, free and accessible, for individuals or organizations who interact with criminalized communities. We especially note that we do not take responsibility with how the information on this website is used (or not used).

Mayoori Malankov, Tamil feminist, Immigrant and refugee rights advocate

Mayoori Malankov is a daughter of the Tamil diaspora who came to Canada with her parents as a refugee at age two. Mayoori recently obtained her law degree at the University of Ottawa. Mayoori also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies, from York University. Throughout her years of schooling, Mayoori remained actively involved in grassroots and volunteer-driven initiatives. While in law school Mayoori was recognized by peers and faculty for her refugee advocacy and involvement in feminist organizing.

Mayoori Malankov (Photo Credit: Andrew Kaikai)

Mayoori’s personal mantra is rooted in the power of community and shared learning. When she is not researching and writing, you may find Mayoori singing and/or indulging in her love for spoken word poetry – these activities are an essential part of her self-care. Mayoori is currently articling at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, bridging her fascination with law with her passion for providing access to justice to low-income and vulnerable communities.

Samantha Peters, Black feminist and racial justice advocate

Samantha Peters is a Torontonian of Grenadian and Trinidadian descent.  In June 2016, she graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, with specializations in Public Law and Dispute Resolution & Professionalism.  Samantha is also a University of Toronto alumna and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Equity Studies, Political Science and French, and a Masters from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education.  Throughout her schooling, Samantha has always been an active volunteer in work centered on removing systemic/institutional barriers faced by Black people, through a critical Black feminist lens.

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Samantha Peters (Photo Credit: Andrew Kaikai)

Samantha believes in theory and practice.  She has published on topics such as legal ethics and professional responsibility, food law, education reform, carding, as well as sexual assault law and criminal law reform via a critical analysis of the prison system and its intersection with anti-Black racism for Huffington Post Canada, SLAW, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Ontario Bar Association’s JUST Magazine and NOW Toronto.  She also frequently attends and supports community organizing that seek justice for victims of police violence and has been invited to speak at various forums on topics such as the intersection between labour and criminalization.  Most recently, she was invited to speak about the exploitation of Black women’s labour at the Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back, Ottawa Forum.  In 2016, Samantha was honoured by the Consul General of Grenada for her accomplishments and was profiled by the Ontario Bar Association for her pro bono work both locally and in New York.

Naomi Sayers, Indigenous feminist and sex work activist

 

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Naomi Sayers (Photo Credit: N. Maxwell Lander)

Naomi is now retired from BTL and we wish her all the best!

Naomi Sayers is a fierce Indigenous feminist, influencer, writer, and educator. She is passionate about working with Indigenous communities or organizations with an Indigenous focus. With her life experiences, Naomi enjoys inspiring others to make the change possible in their world. She is a co-creator of Between The Lines, a public legal education initiative, and she was named an Every Day Political Citizen by Samara Canada. Naomi is the Kwe behind Kwe Today. Kwe Today is a blog that is regularly cited around the world. Her work is also used by national and international organizations to influence policy and law reform.

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