Virtual Events & Webinars

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 & 2021, many of our events & talks have been moved online. Benefits to these conditions include that this has allowed us to more easily archive our events and to make each event more accessible to abolitionists and supporters around the world.

These events mostly include panel discussions with countless resources for abolitionist strategies, campaigns and questions shared throughout each one. Virtual events in 2021 and 2020 are listed below in order of when they were held, from most recently at the top.  

Abolition is Essential: Organizing Against the PIC in the Face of Pandemic
- April 2021-

 
One year into the pandemic, we are eager to hear from our comrades and fellow movement-builders: What has this past year looked like? What have we accomplished? What did we try? What did we learn? What did we win? What do we have yet to do?
This conversation — Abolition is Essential– was held on April 13, 2021 and featured different abolitionist organizing working against the prison industrial complex from different fronts–from fighting criminalization of immigration to resisting imprisonment from inside and outside of prisons to defunding and ultimately abolishing policing and surveillance.

Speakers Include:

  • Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying
  • Colby Lenz, CA Coalition for Women Prisoners
  • Mizue Aizeki, Immigrant Defense Project
  • Sheila Nezhad, Reclaim the Block
  • Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, National Freedom Movement
Moderated by Woods Ervin, Critical Resistance

 

Abolition NOW Network’s Political Education Series in 2020

 

In October 2020, our Abolition NOW Network with Haymarket Books hosted a month-long virtual political education series to amplify abolitionist theory and practice across struggles and movements. All videos are available online on our Abolition NOW Network page here

Celebrating Juneteenth:
An Abolitionist Perspective on Black Liberation Past & Present
(June 2020)

A conversation on Juneteenth & Black liberation struggles past & present between Charlene Carruthers (author & founding organizer with BYP 100) and Marc Lamont Hill (Temple University Professor & BET News Host)

On the Road with Abolition:
Assessing Our Steps Along the Way
(June 2020)

A webinar on struggles & strategies to abolish policing, organized by Critical Resistance and Project NIA, sponsored by BYP 100, Reclaim the Block, Black Visions Collective, The Red Nation, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Survived & Punished, Survived & Punished NY, featuring a panel of leading abolitionist organizers including Mariame Kaba from Project NIA & Survived & Punished, K Agbebiyi from Survived and Punished NY, Dean Spade of Big Door Brigade & No New Women’s Prison Campaign, and Woods Ervin & Kamau Walton from Critical Resistance. 

A list of resources mentioned throughout the talk can be found on our Abolish Policing resources here and also in the Report Back of this event here. 

Community, Not Cops: Abolitionist Organizing Against Police in Schools and Beyond (June 2020)

An Anti-Policing webinar for Educators & School-based communities on struggles & strategies for abolitionist organizing against policing in schools, campuses and our communities. Event Organized by CR’s K-12 Abolitionist Educators Network in partnership with Education for Liberation Network. 

RePurposing Our Pedagogies: Abolitionist Teaching in a Global Pandemic (June 2020)

CR’s K-12 Abolitionist Educators Network in partnership with Education for Liberation Network first webinar on Abolitionist teaching during COVID & Beyond. Specifically for K-12 & community-based educators, youth advocates & youth-workers. 

Organizing Against Toxic Imprisonment in the Face of COVID-19 (March 2020)

Our first panel of the COVID pandemic, featuring a panel of organizers from across the country to share campaign updates, strategies, and tools in their efforts organizing for decarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists include organizers working on local anti-jail & decarceration campaigns (Amber Akemi Piatt, Human Impact Partners, part of the Audit Ahern Campaign;  Eunisses Hernandez, JusticeLA Coalition; MK Orsulak and Tifanei Ressl-Moyer, Decarcerate Sacramento; Kyle Neil, Communities United Against Violence, part of the No New San Francisco Jail Coalition; Sharlyn Grace, Chicago Community Bond Fund; Anna So and Rory Elliot, Critical Resistance Portland chapter, Care Not Cops Anti-Policing Campaign), as well as organizers of Anti-Prison & Sentencing Campaigns  (Amber-Rose Howard, Californians United for a Responsible Budget; Laura Whitehorn, Release Aging People in Prison; Andrea James, National Council For Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls).
MODERATOR Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center