This year, we have heard abolition come up repeatedly in discussions, but have we actually understood what it is and what It requires? To some, prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition may simply mean getting rid of jails and/or police. While that is one of its goals, abolition is even more expansive and liberatory. The goal of abolition is to build a world in which all of people’s needs are met and a world in which jails and police become unnecessary. But how do we get there? We have to understand that the PIC and its logic are embedded in all different areas of our society and work to change them. As Mariame Kaba says, “changing everything might seem daunting, but it also means there are many places to start, infinite opportunities to collaborate, and endless imaginative interventions and experiments to create” Join us in this yearly series as we find a place to start moving towards abolition.
This series will examine how abolition and the PIC apply in different contexts: education, technology, supporting survivors of sexual assault, and art.
Given the work of the ERC, the DHC, and the CSC, we will also explore how technology/data permeates all of these areas either as a tool for the PIC or as a liberatory tool.
The first event will be hosted by the DHC on September 23rd, 4-5:30pm as part of their monthly learning community on Speculative Technologies for Liberatory Worlds. Fill out the interest form if you are interested!