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.
Oakland, California: Friday November 4th, 2016
Happy Hour + Food: 5:30pm
*Percussion performance by Marshall Trammell, free food, drinks for donation*
STRONG COMMUNITIES BEYOND POLICING
Tickets on sale HERE.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Facebook event HERE.
Download and share the poster HERE.
Support this event and join us as a sponsor! Sponsoring this event not only includes tickets to the event, but also:
- ensures the event participation is truly reflective of the movement we are building;
- helps to advance strategic grassroots organizing against policing and prison expansion in the Bay Area;
- underwrites tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income communities;
- demonstrates community support for creative movement building and rigorous, radical analysis in these hopeful yet troubling times.
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Program sponsored by: California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Dan Siegel and Anne Weills, Drug Policy Alliance, EastSide Arts Alliance and Cultural Center, the Omni Oakland Commons, and Justice Now. Join us and become a sponsor!
Are you a community organization that wants to attend? Email jess-at-criticalresistance.org
About the Speakers and Performers
Marshall Trammell is an Improvisor, Educator and Chief Investigator at Music Research Strategies (MRS), a platform for critical ethnographic investigation, culturally situated design, Solidarity Economics and social engagement. Raised in Oahu, Hawaii and based in Oakland, CA, Mr. Trammell studied under Ron Eglash, Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn as an Electronic Arts fellow at Rensallaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) in 2006.
Currently on a European tour as the percussionist in the electro-acoustic duo Black Spirituals (Sige Records), Mr. Trammell performs internationally at the Jazz Haus in Copenhagen, The OCCII (Amsterdam), Islington Hall in London, Heritage Hall in Guelph, ON. Also, Issue Project Room (NYC), the Exploratorium Resonance Series (San Francisco) and will return to Europe this Fall. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, India Cooke, John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi, Dohee Lee, Dylan Carlson, Genny Lim, Jon Jang, Francis Wong and many more after 23 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the new Music Instructor for Urban Promise Academy in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA. http://mrtrammell.wix.com/researchstrategies
Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn is a Black queer writer and organizer currently serving as a National Organizing Co-Chair for BYP100. She was part of the We Charge Genocide youth delegation to the United Nations in 2014 where she testified on police violence in Chicago. Asha is committed to movements that embrace the transformative potential of a radical/Black/queer imagination towards the abolition of police and prisons.
Dylan Rodriguez is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He was elected Chair of the UC Riverside Academic Senate by his faculty peers in 2016. His current thinking, writing, and teaching focus on how regimes of social liquidation, cultural extermination, physiological evisceration, and racist terror become normalized features of everyday life in the “post-Civil Rights” and “post-racial” moments. He is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the US Prison Regime (2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (2009). Dylan is a co-founder of Critical Resistance.
Naomi Murakawa is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. She studies the reproduction of inequality in 20th and 21st century American politics, with focus on racial criminalization and the politics of carceral expansion. She is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Oxford University Press), which won the Michael Harrington Book Award from the American Political Science Association.
Moderator: Lara Kiswani is the Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), a grassroots organization that organizes the Arab and Muslim community against war, Zionism and political repression, and towards the liberation and self-determination of all oppressed people. Lara and AROC organize closely alongside Critical Resistance as core members of the Stop Urban Shield coalition in the campaign to defund and end the annual war games and military weapons expo.
Atlanta, Georgia: Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2016
ART INSTALLATION: Ashley Hunt’s Degrees of Visibility, CULTURAL PROGRAM,
and DAY OF WORKSHOPS
Hosted by: Critical Resistance, Project South, Racial Justice Action Center, and Southerners on New Ground
Atlanta for Abolition: Dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex
All events at WonderRoot Community Arts Center
982 Memorial Dr. SE. Atlanta, GA 30316
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Degrees of Visibility, an installation of photograph and text-based works that document the visual politics of mass incarceration will provide a backdrop for cultural events and workshops centering on dismantling police and prisons. The installation is configured as a platform for organizing against the prison industrial complex and imagining its abolition, conceived in collaboration with Critical Resistance and multiple Atlanta-based organizations.
The exhibit is part of Profiles In Abolition, a national series of events 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. Atlanta-based and Southern regional organizations, Project South,Racial Justice Action Center, and Southerners on New Ground bring forward this event alongside national organization Critical Resistance, in order to highlight their work to dismantle the violent systems of policing and imprisonment while fostering community based resilience.
We will be hosting multiple cultural and educational events to deepen understanding of the prison industrial complex and the movement for abolition. Additional organizational partners and events to be announced.
Our second Profiles in Abolition event, “The Hard Road to Abolition: Strategies to Win,” was a huge success!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2016 in New York City, New York.
THE HARD ROAD TO ABOLITION//
STRATEGIES TO WIN
An event to benefit Critical Resistance
Featuring music by Eco-Music Big Band!
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 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
Ruthie 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.
Mariame 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.
Mujahid 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.
FEBRUARY 20TH, 2016 in Los Angeles, California
ABOLITION AND THE RADICAL IMAGINATION:
FEATURING ANGELA Y. DAVIS,
FRED MOTEN, AND MELANIE CERVANTES
An event to benefit Critical Resistance and Los Angeles Poverty Department
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.