September 14 in Los Angeles

Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building Liberation
A Benefit for Critical Resistance with Ruthie Wilson Gilmore

2019 marks 15 years since the founding of the Los Angeles (LA) chapter of Critical Resistance and the beginning of the No New Jails campaigning in Los Angeles (2004). Since that time, the notion of ending our reliance on imprisonment, policing, and surveillance as solutions to social, economic, and political problems has sparked fires in the imaginations of people around the world and helped lay the foundation for victories against jail expansion in LA and beyond.

Critical Resistance (CR) invites you to join us for Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building Liberation on September 14, 2019 at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). We are excited to host firebrand scholar, researcher, and organizer Ruthie Wilson Gilmore in conversation with abolitionist organizer Michael Saavedra (Critical Resistance Los Angeles) and anti-prison activist and strategist Azadeh Zohrabi (Underground Scholars). We hope you can attend or support this special evening event of food, music, and conversation as we celebrate 15 years of organizing in Los Angeles to dismantle the prison industrial complex and build the world we need.

EVENING SCHEDULE

5:30 pm – Dinner and Reception with Homegirl Catering and El Felonia Tacos (a youth enterprise!)
7:00- 9:00pm – Program
9:00pm – Dessert, book sales, and after-party with DJ palm.era (Youth Justice Coalition)
11:00 pm – Event Close

VENUE INFORMATION

The event will be held in the Pheonix Hall at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center.
Address: 10950 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Venue website: http://www.wlcac.org
Venue is ADA accessible and parking is on-site.

TRANSLATION AND CHILDCARE

There will be a childcare area and poster-making art station.
Spanish translation for event also provided. Email Jess@criticalresistance.org by 9/7/2019 to RSVP for childcare, translation or to request other accessibility services.

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 Los Angeles 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. With our movement partners and coalitions, we have achieved many victories in California and nationally over the years: successfully stopping the construction of new jails in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City; halting California’s prison building boom with the Stop Delano II campaign, abolishing the world’s largest SWAT training program known as Urban Shield, organizing with the successful prisoner-led struggle to end long-term solitary confinement in California, and eliminating racist gang injunctions in Oakland.

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 core of Critical Resistance’s (CR) work is to push—through grassroots mobilizations, popular education, campaigns and coalition efforts—a reinvigorated abolitionist common sense in which the key to health and safety is not policing, imprisonment, or state violence, but healing, stability, and liberation.

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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building Liberation;
  • Acknowledgement of name and logo in event communications and the event program;
  • 10 reserved tickets to the event, more available by request;
  • 5 CR gift packs, including a copy of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, signed by author and speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore;
  • 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 Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building Liberation;
  • Acknowledgement of name and logo in event communications and the event program;
  • 10 reserved tickets to the event;
  • 3 CR gifts packs, including a copy of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, signed by author and speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore;
  • 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 Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building;
  • Acknowledgement in the event program;
  • 5 reserved tickets to the event;
  • 2 CR gifts packs, including a copy of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, signed by author and speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore;
  • 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 Los Angeles for Abolition: Dismantling Jails and Building;
  • Acknowledgement in the event program;
  • 5 reserved tickets to the event;
  • a CR gifts pack, including a copy of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, signed by author and speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore;
  • Sponsorship at this level also underwrites 5 tickets for formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income community members.

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.