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Abolition as Presence: Organizing for Community Care

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Abolitionist scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore describes the work of abolition as “presence, not absence.” For Gilmore and others, abolition is not just about dismantling carceral institutions, but about “building life-affirming institutions” in their place.
Join the Defund CPD, Fund Our Communities campaign, Lift the Ban, and the Labor Branch, for a discussion about organizing for life-affirming community care throughout the uprising, the pandemic, and beyond. We’ll hear from organizers involved in mutual aid, tenant organizing, and the labor movement about what it will take to decarcerate care work and ensure everyone’s basic needs are met.

Our panelists will be:

Jae Rice is the communications and outreach coordinator for Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago.
Kayla Hartman is a social worker organizing the field with her comrades at Social Workers United ATX and Social Service Workers United Chicago. Kayla is an abolitionist socialist and member of DSA.
Sean Duffy (they/them) organizes tenants with the Saccone Renters Union.
Bettina Johnson is the co-founder and steering committee member of Liberation Library an abolitionist organization that sends books to young people incarcerated or detained in Illinois and a member of Chicago Afro-Socialists and Socialists of Color Caucus and the Black Abolitionist Network.

Register here to join the Zoom session: https://dsausa.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufu2tpzIqE9FWSgpA18qe4QNf1ob_QFyE

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September 3
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To join our virtual meetings, please use this Google Hangouts link (unless the event specifies otherwise).