Abolition began as a movement to end the institution of chattel slavery and the liberation of indigenous land. Although abolitionists achieved what were once unimaginable victories, the movement continues today in the fight to abolish the prison-industrial complex.
From surveillance devices to predictive policing, the use of technology in law enforcement has expanded mass incarceration and is shaping how communities are organizing for liberation.
Join Hamid Khan of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Mariame Kaba of Project Nia, and Ricardo Levins Morales of MPD150 to learn how abolitionists are forging movements to dismantle these systems of oppression.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on racial justice, gender justice, transformative/restorative justice, ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration.
Hamid Khan is the coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. Based out of Los Angeles, the primary goal of this broad based coalition is to raise public awareness, participation, mobilization, and grassroots organizing to combat the police use of surveillance, spying and infiltration against targeted and marginalized communities, and social movements.
Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” His activism has included support work for the Black Panthers and Young Lords to participating in or acting in solidarity with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements. His art has won numerous awards but the greatest affirmation is the uses to which is has been put by grassroots movements and communities.
Moderated by: Myaisha Hayes, Center for Media Justice