Abolition on the Ground: Reporting from the Movement to #DefundthePolice

with: Angélica Cházaro, Erica Perry, and Andrea Ritchie, moderated by Dean Spade

Mar 1, 2022 | 7:00pm
Panel Discussion
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Co-Sponsors: Seattle University

With Abolitionists have been working for centuries to oppose the growth of systems of racially targeted criminalization. The 2020 uprising against police violence and anti-Black racism brought the conversation about abolition to the mainstream, and prompted campaigns in cities and counties across the US to defund the police and shift public resources toward meeting basic human needs like housing, healthcare, and childcare. For almost two years, local organizers around the country have been rigorously working to transform city and county budgets, and their work has made significant changes in local, state, and national politics. Join us for a conversation with abolitionist organizers and lawyers leading this work to talk about lessons learned since June 2020, how this work fits into the larger abolitionist vision for a world without cages or borders, and the key strategic questions facing the movement now.

This event is made possible by the Patricia Wismer Professorship in Gender and Diversity at Seattle University.