Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
TWW: Fourier
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We want to screen our film, "Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life" and then conduct a question and answer/discussion after to talk about the prison abolitionist movement. This film is the first film to offer an introduction to the history, theory and practices of the contemporary prison abolition movement. This film provides a visual ethnography of the effects of California’s excessive reliance on prisons as a way of dealing with socio-economic problems, with a focus on its impact on women.
Weaving together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system, along with leading scholars on prison abolition, this film provides a critical exposé of the disfunctionality and violence perpetuated by the prison system. Visions of Abolition features interviews with several key scholars of the “prison industrial complex” and prison abolition, namely, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Dylan Rodriguez and Andrea Smith. In addition to educating about the damaging and dehumanizing effects of the prison industrial complex, Visions of Abolition provides a transformative example of abolition in practice, by offering an example of an ongoing and sustainable alternative to incarceration and punishment.

Organizer Name: 
Kiana Green
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, Action, & Dialogue)
Media Justice, Communications, & Culture
Transformative Justice, Healing, and Organizing
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