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.

Please note! All events are listed at the time local to the organizer – please check time zones.

Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent

Zoom

Join Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent, noted antiprison activists, scholars, and educators, for an online conversation about critical issues in the arts, visual culture, and abolition. This is the first in a series of events that questions what it means to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote. Visualizing…

Free

Reimagining Community Safety #5: A Discussion with Barry Friedman

Zoom

Calls to reimagine community safety have been driven by the knowledge that, for low-income communities of color, at least, policing inflicts harms that are consistent, persistent, and seemingly resistant to change. To help us imagine alternative approaches to policing that might significantly reduce the harms currently inherent in policing, we have invited Barry Friedman, Jacob D.…

Free

Incarcerated Elders: Black Panthers and Young Lords Mentoring Behind Bars

Zoom

A conversation with Eddie Conway and Jose Saldaña. Between them, they served 82 years in prison and saved hundreds of young lives • moderated by Susie Day, author of The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution (Haymarket Books) Register here

Free

Intro to Abolition Workshop

Zoom

What is abolition? Come learn in community with SURJ @ Sacred Heart on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM. We’ll start by reading Derecka Purnell’s article, ‘How I Became a Police Abolitionist’, together. Then, we will spend time in your choice of a guided breakout reflection session: Writing, Conversation, or Art-making.…

Free

Becoming an Active Bystander with Cradle Community

Zoom

Note: time entered in U.S. Pacific time, but event is in UK We will build our collective understanding of what violence in public space looks like, and how we can intervene and respond in safe ways. About this Event Together we will build our collective understanding of what violence in public space looks like, and…

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Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson

Zoom

Founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Bryan Stevenson is the featured speaker for the second event in Visualizing Abolition, joining Gina Dent for a conversation about art, culture, and activism. Bryan Stevenson  Images, Memory, and Justice October 27,2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Online event: Registration is required REGISTER HERE Bryan Stevenson is a widely acclaimed…

Free

Reimagining Community Safety #6: A Discussion with David Garland

Zoom

Even if the penal system were transformed in such a way as to eliminate racial disparities rooted in racism, racial disparities in criminal legal outcomes would almost certainly persist. To better understand why, we have invited David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law and also Professor of Sociology in…

Free

Living Democracy Talk: From the Embers of Crisis: Creating Equitable and Deliberative Democracy with Archon Fung

Zoom

Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link At a moment when American Democracy was characterized by record levels of political division, inequality, and institutional distrust, it was hit by the perfect storm of the COVID-19 health crisis, an economic crisis of soaring unemployment and economic dislocation, and a civic crisis of…

Free

Post-Election Prostest for a People’s Mandate!

Utah State Capital 350 N. State St., Salt Lake City

The National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression Calls for Protests the Day After The November Presidential Election (November 4, 2020) After the election, the peoples mandate for change must be carried out. In this triple pandemic of racism, COVID-19, and recession our National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is issuing a call to…

Free

Visuality and Carceral Formations With Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, Nicholas Mirzoeff

Zoom

The third event in the Visualizing Abolition series brings together visual and cultural theorists Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff to consider the roles of visual culture in normalizing mass incarceration and the racist brutalities of policing within the social landscape and political vision of America. Questions of visuality and formations moves beyond critiques…

Free

Reimagining Community Safety #8: A Discussion with Alex Vitale

Zoom

For many, reimagining community safety means reimagining communities that achieve safety without the assistance of police. We have asked Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and author of The End of Policing, to join us to discuss what community safety, reimagined, might look like, as well as the extent to which and how this can…

Free

Living Democracy Talk: Making Abolition Geographies: Stories from California

Zoom

Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link This talk explores how visions of abolition guide and connect organizing across a range of social justice struggles. Gilmore will highlight examples relating to environmental justice, public sector labor unions, farm workers, undocumented households, criminalized youth, and community based approaches to prevent and resolve…

Free

To submit your event, please send the event name, description, instructions for registration and/or attendance, the organizer’s name, and organizer’s website to: calendar@dontcallthepolice.com

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