Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence

Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence
A Benefit for Critical Resistance with Marbre Stahly-Butts and Rachel Herzing
Critical Resistance (CR) invites you to join us for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence on November 23, 2019 at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). We are excited to host abolitionist lawyer and Movement for Black Lives policy organizer Marbre Stahly-Butts (Law for Black Lives) and Critical Resistance co-founder Rachel Herzing (Center for Political Education) for a conversation on building strong movements against interpersonal violence, white supremacy, policing, and imprisonment. Both Stahly-Butts and Herzing  have worked on the local, national, and international scales, and bring powerful political analysis, hopeful lessons, and movement insights for building vibrant community practices and impactful campaigns.  
CR enthusiastically invites you to attend or support this special evening event of food, music, and conversation and to celebrate abolitionist organizing in these trying, yet creative, times.

EVENING SCHEDULE

5:30pm – Dinner and Reception
7:00-9:00pm – Program
9:00pm – Dessert and After-party
11:00pm – Event Close

VENUE INFORMATION

The event will be held at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).
Address: 15 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97212
Venue website: https://www.pica.org
Venue is ADA accessible and parking is on-site.

TRANSLATION AND CHILDCARE

Email Jess@criticalresistance.org by 11/9/2019 to RSVP for childcare, translation or to request other accessibility services.

There will be a free childcare area.
ASL and Spanish translation for event also provided on request.

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Please go to the ticket page to sign up electronically or email Jess@criticalresistance.org for more options.
To make this inspiring event accessible to as many people in the greater Portland community and beyond, we are asking for your support.

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 trying, yet hopeful times.
SIGN UP TO SPONSOR HERE ON OUR TICKETING PAGE
Our impact:

Through advancing a critical understanding of prison industrial complex and abolition, CR has continued to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to take creative and practical steps to build a liberated future.

2019 marks six years since the founding the Portland chapter of Critical Resistance and the beginning of our dedicated efforts to dismantle policing and build with communities impacted by state violence in Portland, OR and the Pacific Northwest region. In this short amount of time, Critical Resistance Portland (CR PDX) has offered over 150 presentations and workshops on prison industrial complex abolition since 2014, sent thousands of political organizing resources to imprisoned people in Washington and Oregon, and, in 2018, founded the Dismantle, Change, Build Center (DCBC) in North East Portland. CR PDX has anchored the Care Not Cops campaign since 2017, and their foundational organizing led to a $6 million reduction in the Portland Police Bureau budget and the halting of hiring of 38 new law enforcement officers last year. Through Care Not Cops, DCBC events, our prisoner mail program, and our partnerships with local community groups, organizations and schools, CR PDX has ignited a reinvigorated common sense in which the key to health and safety is not aggression, policing, and imprisonment, but healing, stability and liberation.

Through grassroots mobilizations, popular education, campaigns and coalition efforts, Critical Resistance’s organizing enacts and amplifies strategies to dismantle imprisonment and policing, to change common sense notions of safety, and to build life-affirming resources and practices that support Black, brown, working class, immigrant, trans and gender queer communities. Our campaigns and strategies have been shared and used as blueprints across the US, invigorating the mainstream criminal justice reform movement with abolition and arming organizers with practical and visionary concepts, strategies, and language. Our educational materials and workshops have been used by thousands of organizers locally, regionally, and internationally, influencing educators, faith groups and leaders, health workers and public health advocates, labor organizers, legal organizations, and internationalist community groups to fight against the harms of imprisonment and policing.

The ask:
We invite you to join Critical Resistance, our movement partners and community to celebrate the gains we have made together; to feed our minds and our spirits, and to prepare for the next phases of organizing for abolition in Portland and beyond. 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. Every sponsorship will amplify the vision of healthy, liberated communities and the fierce, joyful will of our people to fight and win.
Sponsorship Opportunities
$5,000 – ABOLITIONIST FUTURE
  • Recognition as an underwriter for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence;
  • Acknowledgement of name and logo in event communications and the event program;
  • 10 reserved tickets to the event, more available by request;
  • Sponsorship at this level also underwrites 10 tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income community members.
 $2,500 – LONG TERM STRUGGLE
  • Recognition as sponsor for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence;
  • Acknowledgement of name and logo in event communications and the event program;
  • 10 reserved tickets to the event;
  • Sponsorship at this level also underwrites 10 tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income community members.
$1,000 – THE PRESENT FIGHT
  • Recognition as sponsor for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence;
  • Acknowledgement in the event program;
  • 5 reserved tickets to the event;
  • Sponsorship at this level also underwrites 8 tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income community members.
$500 – HISTORY OF RESISTANCE
  • Recognition as sponsor for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence;
  • Acknowledgement in the event program;
  • 5 reserved tickets to the event;
  • Sponsorship at this level also underwrites 5 tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income community members.
$50- $350 – MOVEMENT PARTNER
  • Recognition as sponsor for Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence;
  • Acknowledgement in the event program;
  • Ticket code to reserve seats for sponsoring organization (approximate to donation, ex. $10-20 sliding scale/ticket; $200 for a 10-20 ticket pack)
Do you want to support grassroots organizing and cultural work for liberation? SPONSOR HERE.
Event questions: Please contact Jess@criticalresistance.org or call 510-444-0484 to speak to an event organizer.