Law & Social Movements Colloquium 2017-18: Abolition of the Criminal Legal System
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Law & Social Movements Colloquium will host a conversation on abolitionism, anti-violence, policing, and prisons featuring Rachel Herzing, organizer, writer, and co-founder of Critical Resistance. Herzing will be joined in discussion by Emily Thuma, Gender & Sexuality Studies, UC Irvine School of Humanities.
Herzing is a long time organizer fighting against imprisonment and policing and for self-determination and a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex. She has been a grant maker, a health educator, and a researcher working on community-based interventions to violence. Her writing has been featured in anthologies, academic journals, and magazines, and she is a frequent speaker and resource to advocates nationally and internationally on issues related to the prison industrial complex, community responses to interpersonal harm, and the impact of policing on communities of color.
Thuma is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality studies at UCI and a volunteer-member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
About the Law & Social Movements Colloquium Series
The Colloquium is a five-part series featuring pairs of lawyers and organizer-activists who have collaborated with each other in the context of active social movements. Attendees will learn about collective mobilization, the role of law in both impeding and encouraging the political activism of marginalized people, and the ways in which lawyers are working in support of such mobilizations.