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On the Road to Abolition: Archiving Resistance to the Carceral State
Women in the US are being locked up at an ever-increasing and historically high rate. They now represent the fastest growing segment of the prison population. The racial disparity leaves little doubt about the structural racism inherent in the prison-industrial complex: https://www.sentencingproject.org/issues/women/
About this event:
Emily Thuma and Simon Balto, in conversation with Mariame Kaba, will discuss histories of resistance to prisons and policing. From radical newsletters cutting across prison walls, to abolitionist fights for prisoners’ and psychiatric patients’ rights, to Black Power organizing, to self-defense campaigns to free survivors, these histories offer roadmaps and lessons for contemporary struggles.
About the Speakers
Simon Balto is Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).
Emily Thuma is Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (University of Illinois Press, 2019).
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator, and BCRW Researcher-in-Residence. She is the founder of several organizations and projects including the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Love & Protect and most recently Survived & Punished.
Events are free and open to the public. RSVP is preferred but not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Image credit: ‘Free Dessie Woods - Smash Colonial Violence’, National Committee to Defend Dessie Woods, Atlanta, Georgia, [late 1970s]. Associated with the African People’s Socialist Party. From Brad Duncan and Interference Archive, Finally Got the News: The Printed Legacy of U.S. Radical Left,[masked]. Brooklyn: Common Notions, 2017.