Abolition Event Calendar

A calendar of events focused on defunding the police, abolition, developing alternatives to police, and elimination of the carceral state.

These events are compiled from publicly available information and submissions, and are not associated with dontcallthepolice.com.

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Andy Clarno and Sangeetha Ravichandran: “Counter/Surveillance: Big Data, Criminalization, and Abolition in Chicago”

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CDT


In an era of Big Data, police databases transform racialized discourses about crime, terror, and belonging into permanent records with real implications for individuals and communities. This project examines Big Data policing as a site for the production, circulation, and deployment of racialized state knowledge. Yet abolitionist movements in Chicago are refusing criminalized archetypes and demanding an end to data sharing agreements. These movements help us envision a pathway to decriminalization and abolition through the erasure of police databases and the recovery of full humanity for people targeted by police.

Andy Clarno is Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies and coordinator of the Policing in Chicago Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines racism, capitalism, colonialism, and empire in the early 21 st century, with a focus on the relationship between marginalization and securitization. Andy teaches courses on globalization, race and ethnicity, policing, and urban sociology. Andy’s book, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press 2017), analyzes political, economic, and social transformation in South Africa and Palestine/Israel since 1994.

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