Policing and prisons are ubiquitous features of our world, yet these institutions, widely seen as both necessary and oppressive, have not always existed, nor played as great a role as they do today. For many, uprooting these institutions seems unthinkable (even among those can envision a world beyond capitalism, or who seem them as inherently racist.) In this session, we will discuss: what abolition means, what abolitionists do, how abolitionist approaches differ from more mainstream critiques (like mass incarceration), and the relationships between capitalism and the carceral state, and abolition and socialism.
The session will be led by Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib.
Petworth Neighborhood Library
PET Meeting Room
Tuesday, February 12,[masked]:30 PM to 8:30 PM