Re-Imagining Our Legacy: Transforming from Criminalization to Liberation

This 2-part webinar series is inspired by a question posed by activist Mimi Kim: “Why and how did the violence against women movement – an emancipatory social movement – choose criminalization as a dominant strategy…and how has this focus on criminalization affected survivors?” In this time of emergence, we are called to reflect on the […]

All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence

Critical Resistance, The Center for Political Education (CPE), and California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) hosted an event featuring the author of All Our Trials, in conversation with Rachel Herzing of CPE and Diana Block of CCWP. The event was held at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics in San Francisco. All Our […]

Transformative justice in an era of mass criminalization

On the twelfth episode of The Activist Files, Senior Legal Worker Leah Todd talks with educator, organizer, and director of Project NIA Mariame Kaba and journalist, author, and organizer Victoria Law about their work on issues of violence, incarceration, gender, criminalization, and transformative justice. Mariame and Victoria share the personal experiences that brought them to […]

Survived and punished | Ny Nourn | TEDxPeacePlaza

A story of immigration, domestic violence, jail, deportation, and redemption. As a teenager, Ny Nourn became trapped in an abusive relationship with a much older man. Weeks after Ny turned 18, her boyfriend killed the boss at her after-school job in a fit of jealousy. The murder went unsolved for three years until Ny went […]

Survival and Resistance: Women Organizing towards Abolition

In this episode we focus on the ways women are organizing against gendered violence and mass criminalization — and for a world free of domination. We speak with Mariame Kaba, long-time abolitionist organizer and writer, about her work with groups like Survived and Punished and Project NIA, and the criminalization of women under capitalist heteropatriarchy. […]

Arrested Justice: Black Feminist Reflections on Carceral Feminism and Prison Abolition

Co-sponsor: Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexualities at Columbia University (IRWGS) Beth Richie, University of Illinois at Chicago Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice, and Sociology Beth Richie is engaged in several research projects designed to explore the relationship between violence against women in low-income African […]

More Laws = More Violence: Criminalization as a Failed Strategy for Anti-Violence Movements

In October 2013, BCRW and The Engaging Tradition Project co-convened a conference called Queer Dreams and Non-Profit blues to examine the critiques emerging from queer and feminist activists and scholars about the impact of funding on social movement agendas and formations. During the conference, Hope Dector from BCRW and Dean Spade from The Engaging Tradition […]