Join us on Dec 9, 2018 for our 20th Anniversary Event

Critical Resistance: 20 Years of Strategy and Struggle to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex
featuring Kamau Walton, Linda Evans, and Mary Hooks in Conversation, moderated by Angela Y. Davis. 
Music from Oakland’s own Samba Funk, DJ’ing by DREAMS, Kiwi Illafonte and more…
5:00 pm – Movement Dinner and Reception
Reception food (5-6:30pm) generously provided by: Aburaya, Café 817, Hasta Muerte, MOMM’s Pastries, People’s Kitchen Collective, Phat Beets, Red Bay Coffee, Reem’s California, and Rosamunde. See more info below.
6:30 pm – Doors Open
7:00 pm – Program 
Purchase your tickets here. Sponsor a community ticket. 
Share the Facebook event widely here. 
Spanish translation and childcare provided. Email to RSVP.
Art and Design by @K8deciccio and @Cerealforthekids
2018 CR 20th Anniversary Host Committee:
Carlton Edwards, Charlene Khoo, danielle marilyn west, Ellen Barry, Jay Donahue, Jess Heaney, Marc Lamont Hill, Mariame Kaba, Mohamed Shehk, Rehana Lerandeau, Zakir Parpia, Zoe Willmott


First Congregational Church is located at 2501 Harrison Ave, Oakland, CA 94612. The venue is disability accessible. 

Purchase your tickets here. Sponsor a community ticket. 
Whether you’re purchasing your tickets to attend or sponsoring a ticket for a community member, make sure to save your space to celebrate our history with us and build for our collective abolitionist future.
SPONSORSHIPS, all info here. Sponsoring this event:
  • helps subsidize tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income communities;
  • ensures the event participation is truly reflective of the movement we are building;
  • helps to advance strategic grassroots organizing and cultural work against jail expansion and the violence of policing in the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR, and New York, NY, and nationally;
  • demonstrates community support for creative movement-building and rigorous, Left analysis in these inspiring yet dire times.
Sign up to Sponsor here.


Critical Resistance (CR) invites you to join us for “Critical Resistance: 20 Years of Strategy and Struggle for Abolition,” a community celebration highlighting 20 years of dismantling the prison industrial complex and building for the world we need.  We are excited to host the incomparable author, educator and activist Angela Y. Davis in conversation with Black liberationist organizer Kamau Walton (Critical Resistance), anti-imperialist organizer and former political prisoner Linda Evans (All of Us or None), and firebrand Southern freedom fighter Mary Hooks (Southerners On New Ground).


Through advancing a critical understanding of prison industrial complex and abolition, CR has consistently inspired individuals, organizations and communities to take creative and practical steps to build this liberated future. We have achieved many victories from successfully stopping the construction of new jails in New York to Los Angeles to ending the use of racist gang injunctions in Oakland and stopping California’s 20-year prison building boom. Our campaigns, vision and strategies have been shared and used blue-prints across the US and internationally.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the gains we have made together, to feed our minds and our spirits, and to prepare for the pitched battle of the next 20 years. Every donation, ticket or sponsorship will amplify the vision of liberated communities and the fierce, joyful will of our people to fight to win.


Can’t make the event but still want to support our work? Make a donation here. All proceeds will benefit Critical Resistance to ensure that our work is funded now and into a future free from cages, the violence of policing, the dangers of borders and social control. 


Thank you to our incredible design team for donating their skills to this poster. Art by K8deciccio and design by Jules Retzlaff (IG @cerealforthekids or


If you need more information or would like to get involved please visit or contact Jess Heaney at // 510.444.0484

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Movement Partner Sponsors
American Culture Center (UC Berkeley)
AntiPolice Terror Project (APTP)
Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL)
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Berkeley Copwatch
Black Organizing Project
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Catalyst Project
Causa Justa: Just Cause
Center for Political Education
Coalition on Homelessness
Community Printers
EastSide Arts Alliance
Flying Over Walls, Black and Pink
Freedom Archives
IJAN: International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
Movement Generation
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
The History of Resistance
AK Press
Alex Vitale
Amy Smith
Astraea Foundation
Community Bank of the Bay
East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF)
Essie Justice Group
Heaney Family
Holly Delany Cole
Jes Kelley
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None
Mariame Kaba
National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area
The Race, Gender and Human Rights (RGHR) Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF)
Rebekah Bob-Waksberg
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)
Resource Generation North Carolina Chapter
Stephanie Wallace
TGI Justice Group
The Omni
SURJ Bay Area
UnCommon Law
Women & Justice Issues Consulting
The Present Struggle
Medina Orthwein LLP
Resource Generation Bay Area chapter
The Movement Builder
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Sentry Financial
Quinn Delaney
Zakir Parpia


The Abolitionist Future
Alcibie Alliance

UPDATED: Dec 5, 2018 @11pm.