Profiles in Abolition: Highlighting Ongoing Struggle to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex

Critical Resistance is excited to present Profiles in Abolition, a national series intended to reinvigorate a critical understanding of prison industrial complex abolition and inspire us to take creative and practical steps toward a liberated future – free of policing, imprisonment, or surveillance.

Upcoming Events:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2016 in New York City






An event to benefit Critical Resistance

Featuring music by Eco-Music Big Band!

Friday, September 16th, 2016: Doors 6pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, The New School
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Special thanks to our co-hosts: The New School Social Justice Initiatives and Parsons First Year at The New School

About the event:

We’re at an exciting moment of astonishing energy and public discussion about the state of policing, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance. What can we can do now to erode the power of the prison industrial complex (PIC)? What reformist traps we must avoid in this period of astonishing energy and public discussion? The Hard Road to Abolition// Strategies to Win will encourage us to reinvigorate a critical understanding of prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition and to plan the way forward.

We are excited to host firebrand scholar activist Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, renowned organizer and educator Mariame Kaba of Project Nia and Survived & Punished, and freedom fighter Mujahid Farid of RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) in a lively and inspiring conversation about visions and strategies to eliminate reliance on the PIC, increase our community power and wellbeing. Through this event and the conversation, we hope to forge stronger movement strategies across campaigns against prisons, jails, sentencing, and policing.

We look forward to bringing together a community audience of organizers and freedom fighters who have worked so hard to bring us to this opportune political moment. We hope you can join us!

About the Speakers 

Ruthie2016Ruthie Wilson Gilmore is Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, and Professor of Geography, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, she is a founding-collective member of California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, and many other social justice organizations.

20160618Mariame01-2Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and founding director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization that works to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded several organizations including the Chicago Freedom School and Love & Protect. Mariame is currently organizing with Survived and Punished to address the criminalization of survivors of violence. Her writing has appeared in various outlets including the Guardian, the Nation, In These Times and Truthout. Follow her on Twitter @prisonculture.

MujahidFaridMujahid Farid is a lead organizer at RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison). During his more than 30 years of imprisonment in New York State, Farid earned four college degrees and other certifications, including his paralegal certificate, New York State Department of Labor Certificate in Human Development Counseling, and New York City Department of Health Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling. He is also a founding member of the Prisoners AIDS Counseling & Education program.

Moderated by Abraham Paulos (Executive Director of Families for Freedom). Abraham joined Families for Freedom as a member, after he faced immigration detention. Before joining staff at FfF, he was a researcher at Human Rights First, focused on immigration detention. He also served as Program Director at Life of Hope, a community based organization in Brooklyn, which provides services to low-income immigrants. Abraham is an Eritrean refugee, born in Sudan and raised in Chicago. He is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs.






RANSBY-SPORN of Black Youth Project 100

An event to benefit Critical Resistance

Save the date! Ticketing on sale soon.

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Past Event:

Our first Profiles in Abolition event, described below, was a great success. You can read more here and see pictures from the event here.

FEBRUARY 20TH, 2016 in Los Angeles




An event to benefit Critical Resistance and Los Angeles Poverty Department

Saturday, February 20, 2016: Doors 5pm, Event 6pm
Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City CA
Facebook Event

Critical Resistance and Los Angeles Poverty Department invite you to join us for Profiles of Abolition: Abolition and the Radical Imagination. We are excited to host acclaimed poet Fred Moten and renowned printmaker Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde in conversation with Angela Y. Davis.

Abolition and the Radical Imagination will encourage audience members to reinvigorate a critical understanding of prison industrial complex abolition and inspire us to take creative and practical steps to build this liberated future. Moten, Cervantes and Davis will be joined by performances by the Los Angeles Poverty Department to spark our radical imagination and lift up the spirit of liberation. All proceeds will benefit Critical Resistance and Los Angeles Poverty Department. This event will also mark a special celebration of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s 30-year anniversary.

About the Speakers

DR. ANGELA Y. DAVIS is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA because of her activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972. Today Prof. Davis remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of many books, including her most recent collection, The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights Open Media).

FRED MOTEN is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition,Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio and The Little Edges. A new poetry collection, The Service Porch, and a new collection of essays, consent not to be a single being, are forthcoming. Moten lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

A member of the Oakland-based arts collaboration Dignidad Rebelde, MELANIE CERVANTES is a Xicana activist-artist whose work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils. She is best known, however, for her prolific political screen prints and posters which have been used by movements across the globe.  Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples.