Profiles of Abolition: Highlighting the Legacy and Ongoing Struggle to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex

Critical Resistance is excited to present Profiles of 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.


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

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

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