Reclaiming Citizenship, Rejecting Double Punishment: Deepan Budlakoti Speaking Tour
Kingston stop: Monday January 13, 2014
Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born construction worker and activist who, in 2010, was stripped of his citizenship by the Canadian government. He is now a stateless person pitted in an incredible battle against the Conservative government over his entitlement to citizenship. The government is attempting to deport him to his parents’ homeland, India, a country where he has never lived and does not have citizenship. See more info about his story here: www.justicefordeepan.org
Deepan is currently traveling across Canada to tell his story and seek support. He will be speaking about his experiences as a young man in criminal prison, in immigration detention, and his current conditions as a stateless person. His struggle connects to issues of criminalization, racial profiling, prisons, immigration detention and, more broadly, questions of identity, belonging and borders. Who is entitled to Canadian citizenship? Who is excluded and how are exclusions justified? Who is subject to deportation and double punishment? Come out to hear Deepan and join in the discussion.
*2 SPEAKING EVENTS in Kingston on Monday, January 13:*
Deepan Budlakoti with Professor Sharry Aiken, Queen’s Faculty of Law
Queen’s University, John Orr Room, JDUC, (University St and Union St) 12pm-1:30pm Deepan Budlakoti
75 Queen Street, ramp entrance *6pm-7:30pm* Childcare for evening event will be available upon request. To register please email noiik (at) riseup (dot) net by Saturday January 11.
FULL TOUR Details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/446361202152882
Event organized and supported by: No One Is Illegal Kingston and OPIRG Kingston
Tour organized by: Justice for Deepan Committee www.justicefordeepan.org