Prison industrial complex (PIC) abolitionists have always understood the work to dismantle the PIC to be connected to global movements against war, militarism, and colonialism. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen mass mobilization for solidarity with the Palestinian people as they face one of the deadliest assaults by the Israeli military in its history.
On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, join us for a critical discussion on the ongoing war on Palestine. Critical Resistance’s Campaigns Director, Mohamed Shehk, will be joined by Dr. Angela Y Davis, Lara Kiswani (Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center), Stefanie Fox (Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace), and Nadine Naber (INCITE! Women of Color against Violence – National) to help us understand the situation on the ground in Palestine, how our organizations and people everywhere can mount effective resistance to the genocidal war against Palestinians, and how we can use abolitionist strategies such as dismantle-change-build, divest/invest & “defund,” and “shrink and starve” to do so.
Aiming to contribute to fighting against war-making more broadly,this event will examine the relationship of the PIC with Israel’s apartheid and occupation of Palestine, and why abolitionists must strongly mobilize in this time, by bringing together experts on PIC abolition, solidarity, liberation movements, war and militarism to:
Unpack the relationship of racist and imperialist structures that support the ongoing Israeli occupation in Palestine
Expose the Israeli imprisonment system including Gaza’s forced configuration into an open air prison
Disrupt Israel’s role in worldwide repression of marginalized peoples and revolutionary struggle
And interrupt the media’s role in criminalization, inciting more violence, and maintaining systems of oppression by empowering colonial ideology through Islamaphobia, Anti-Arab racism, and anti-semitism
…And all the while discussing concrete strategies for how we can fight back.
It is crucial that all abolitionists mobilize to stop the war on Gaza right now. Please help spread the word near and far and invite everyone you know. Click and download the flyers below, post to social media, or print out and share at in-person actions.
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Dark gray-blue flyer. A collage of animations depicting internationalist and abolitionist organizing and resistance, including a Palestinian solidarity rally in San Francisco with thousands of people, many of whom are waving Palestinian flags (black, white, green, and red), to mobilizations to stop Urban shield or block the apartheid-Israeli “Zim” ship at the Oakland Ports, as well as anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist Jewish activists mobilizing to Washington DC most recently with a banner that reads: “Jews Say Ceasefire Now.” Underneath the collage is the event title and description in white, blue, gold and light red text (alternating colors for emphasis on organization names). The text reads: “Abolition Means No More War: FREE PALESTINE NOW! With Angela Davis, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Jewish Voice for Peace, INCITE!, and Critical Resistance. Raising humanitarian funds for Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). Hosted by Haymarket Books. Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation provided. Wednesday, November 1. 4-530pm PT / 7-830pm ET. ONLINE on Zoom. RSVP with an arrow pointing to the right to highlight the event page link: bit.ly/Free-Palestine-23.” To the left of the event information, an illustration of each of the speakers huddled up alongside one another, showing that each speaker is a Black, Arab, or Jewish organizer or activist. CR’s logo is underneath the speaker huddle.