DEGREES OF VISIBILITY
FALL 2019 PROGRAMMING
We invited people in Southern California to join us for the October events in the Degrees of Visibility Conversation and Event Series, curated in collaboration with artist Ashley Hunt. Each event is led by a different partnering organization at a different partnering space in L.A. The full fall schedule continues below, available on Facebook and here:
As part of our work to expand and sharpen people’s readiness and will for abolition, CR is thrilled co-curate the Degrees of Visibility event series and bring in local Los Angeles movement partners. We hope these events will reinvigorate and deepen critical understandings of the prison industrial complex and inspire us to take practical steps toward a future free of policing, imprisonment, or surveillance.
Intro to Prison Industrial Complex Abolition + Abolition of Policing Workshops
Friday, Sept 20 & Saturday, Sept 21
The Hive, Studio 2: 130 E 7th St, Claremont, CA 91711
Critical Resistance and the Claremont Colleges Prison Abolition Club will offer two workshops, Intro to Prison Industrial Complex Abolition (Friday 9/20, 3-6pm) and Abolition of Policing (Saturday 9/21, 1-4pm). RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender Violence Behind Bars: Tactics of Resistance
Thursday, Oct 10, 7pm
Women’s Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90031
California Coalition of Women Prisoners presents Gender Violence Behind Bars: Tactics of Resistance. Taylor Lytle and Stacy Rojas will speak about their experiences of gendered violence while incarcerated, followed by a discussion with organizers from CCWP and audience members on how to fight for women and gender-non-conforming individuals behind bars.Taylor Lytle is an organizer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and a national Peer 2 Peer Fellow. Taylor is a former foster care youth and formerly incarcerated, having been caged as a youth and later at the California Institution for Women (CIW), one of California’s state prisons. Upon her release from prison, Taylor has dedicated herself to ending the prison industrial complex. She’s a talented poet and uses her craft to advocate for women still behind bars.Stacy Rojas is an organizer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Young Women’s Freedom Center. Rojas was incarcerated for 15 years at the Central California Women’s Facility.
Practicing Abolition 1: Thoughts = Conversations = Knowledge
Sunday, Oct 13, 2–4pm
Navel, 1611 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Panel and discussion organized by Gloria Galvez, with Micah Bournes, Jasmine Nyende, Shabina Toorawa, Elli Virrueta, and performances by Edxi, and Ra Avis.
Reportback from the Campaign to Stop LA Jail Construction
Saturday, Oct 19, 1–3pm
Southern California Library, 6120 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Since 2004, CRLA has been organizing with communities across Los Angeles and California to stop jail expansion and build a movement to abolish imprisonment. Following years of dedicated and creative organizing in Los Angeles with LA No More Jails (2004-2016) coalition and recently with JusticeLA coalition (2017-present), together we defeated the two huge proposed plans for $3 billion jail construction this year! The task in front of us now is to ensure that LA County follows through on resourcing decentralized, community-based care – and that those resources truly reflect the communities who are directly impacted by the prison industrial complex. Come learn about what is next in the campaign and how to get involved.
Dancing Through Prison Walls
Friday, Nov 8, 8–9:30 pm
Garrison Theater at Scripps College, 231 E 10th St, Claremont, CA 91711
Suchi Branfman’s Dancing Through Prison Walls explores the prison industrial complex through several pieces inspired by Branfman’s five-year choreographic residency at California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security men’s state prison in Norco, California.
Practicing Abolition 2: Knowledge = Skill Shares = Practices
Saturday, Nov 9, 11am
Meet at Chuco’s Justice Center and carpool to Pitzer College to see Degrees of Visibility and a workshop building upon the ideas from Practicing Abolition 1 (October 13th).
RSVP required to: email@example.com
Carceral Geographies of Southern California
Thursday, Dec 5, 6–8pm
Lenzner Family Art Gallery at Pitzer College, 1050 N Mills Avenue, Claremont, 91711
Roundtable discussion with Vonya Quarles (Starting Over Inc & All of Us or None), Amber-Rose Howard (Californians United for a Responsible Budget), Hilda Cruz from (Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity), and Dylan Rodriguez (UC Riverside). Moderated by Ashley Hunt (artist).
Critical Resistance LA Presents:
Annual Prisoner Solidarity Postcard Event + Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, Dec 7, 12–5pm
Southern California Library: 6120 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Every year in the holiday times, CR chapters bring together communities to send over 7,000 postcards to our imprisoned supporters and readers of The Abolitionist newspaper. Participants help add personalized notes for people inside. We invite you to join us and support this ambitious and meaningful project! We partner with the Southern California library for a fun, family-friendly daytime event with food, desserts, kids activities, a used book sale, live music and DJs.