Thank you for making Los Angeles for Abolition a beautiful success!

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, over 400 community members joined Critical Resistance to pack the house at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee for an evening of political conversation, food, music, and celebration. We thank all of you for making Critical Resistance Los Angeles’ 15 year anniversary a vibrant one! This was an extra special evening we were joined by 100 organizers and friends who were also participating in the weekend-long strategy session to end life without parole sentencing, hosted by our movement partners California Coalition for Women Prisoners. It was an honor to celebrate with our movement!

An extra special thanks to our speakers Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Robin D.G. Kelley, Azadeh Zohrabi (Underground Scholars), and Michael Saavedra (CRLA) for your words to amplify the growing movement to abolish the prison industrial complex; to Homegirl Catering and El Felonia Tacos (a youth enterprise!) for amazing food and nourishment; to DJ palm.era and YaYa for the music; to the Watts Labor Community Action Center and staff for hosting us; and to our volunteers and amazing event team. We also appreciate the commitment and generousity of our event sponsors, listed under the photos, for supporting this celebration.

Photos by Hans Kuzmich and Josiah Green. Click on photos to enlarge.

Movement welcome:
Sarah Haley (California Coalition for Women Prisoners) and Jamani Montague (Critical Resistance)
Drop LWOP update from California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Introduction to Ruthie Wilson Gilmore
Robin D.G. Kelley (distinguished author and historian; UCLA History Department)
Ruthie Wilson Gilmore (Critical Resistance co-founder)
Conversation,Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building Liberation”
Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Michael Saavedra (Critical Resistance Los Angeles) and Azadeh Zohrabi (Underground Scholars)
9:00pm – Dessert, book sales, and after-party
DJ palm.era (Youth Justice Coalition) and YAYA (9:45pm). Introduction by Sir LoveOne, English Educator at FREE LA High School


Our amazing volunteers and CR members!


Our community sponsors, as follows…


Heising-Simons Foundation
Krishna and Bob Daly Jr. Charitable Foundation
Resource Generation Los Angeles Chapter



Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
Movement 4 Black Lives: 
Essie Justice, 
Gulf Policy Law Center, 
Highlander Center, 
Law 4 Black Lives


Movement Sponsors

5C Prison Abolition Collective
A New Way of Life
AK Press
All of Us or None
Black Feminism Initiative at UCLA
California Criminal Justice Funders
JusticeLA Coalition
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Mariame Kaba
Movement Strategy Center
PM Press
Resource Generation Los Angeles Chapter
Stop LAPD Spying
Suchi Branfman
The Justice Education @ The Claremont Colleges
The Ron Finley Project
Verso Press
Women & Justice Issues Consulting
Women’s Center for Creative Work- WCCWC


Chris Tyler, Ian Baran, Jess Heaney, Jose Gutierrez, Mackenzie Rutherford, Michael Saavedra, Jamani Montague, Paloma Hernandez