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September 29, 2020 - October 13, 2020

Critical Resistance and the Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition Host Committee are enthusiastic to invite you to engage with Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition, an online fundraising exhibition and art auction presented by Critical Resistance + Artsy.net from September 29 – October 13, 2020.

We are excited to have confirmed participation from a myriad of intergenerational, interdisciplinary visual artists including Domineco Villeda, Lava Thomas, Leslie “Dime” Lopez, Emory Douglas, Ferrari Sheppard, Sadie Barnett, and Theaster Gates, to name a few. Please see full list below!


Through Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition, Critical Resistance and these bold artists will uplift the freedom dreams that communities have nurtured for generations and are unapologetically demanding be recognized and enacted in 2020.


During the current, political, and economic uprisings and throughout the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Critical Resistance has worked tirelessly to craft information, analysis, and references for understanding and imagining abolitionist responses to guide us toward the future we want and need.  The success of this year’s art auction is crucial to our work and our ability to continue to be timely and responsive. The majority of CR’s resources continue to come from grassroots supporters who give money, time, and skills to keep our organization stable and ready to carry out campaigns, projects, political education and movement building efforts. Every gift will help CR continue to chip away at the prison industrial complex and put abolition into practice.

In tandem with the 2-week online auction, we will also be hosting some programming featuring artists, our amazing Host Committee cast, and more. Full program calendar coming in September—stay tuned. We look forward to Imagining Freedom with you!


Four ways to support Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition this year!

  • Make a fully tax-deductible gift to Critical Resistance.
    • Donate here https://bit.ly/ImagineFreedom2020.
    • Checks and donor-advised funds also accepted! Email Jess@criticalresistance.org for details. Send checks (payable to “Critical Resistance”) to Critical Resistance, attn.: Development; 1904 Franklin St. #504, Oakland, CA 94612. Please write “Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition” in the memo.
  • Bid on over 40 artworks September 29 through October 13 on artsy.net.
  • Spread the word and invite your community!
  • Purchase Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition special limited-edition gear from the Critical Resistance shop. Coming soon! Preview below.





Amy Kisch * Angela Hennessy * Black Joy Parade * Bryant Terry * Calvin Williams * Cara Levine * Dana King * Deanna Van Buren * Emory Douglas * Erin Christovale * Favianna Rodriguez * For Freedoms*  Fred Moten * Indya Moore * Janet Mock * Julia Chinyere Oparah * KQED Arts * Lateefah Simon * Leigh Raiford * Michael Orange * Minnesota Street Project * Oakland Museum of California * Patrisse Khan-Cullors * Pt. 2 Gallery * Ruthie Wilson Gilmore * See Black Womxn * She Bends * Soraya Rios * Steven Canals * This is Not a Gun  * Vielmetter Los Angeles


September 29, 2020
October 13, 2020


Critical Resistance