Prison-Industrial Complex

Location: 
LA
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The largest number of people in our country's jails are being held pretrial,awaiting the resolution of their legal case. Most are being held because they are too poor to post bail. In addition, a disproportionate number are minorities - a reflection of the inequities of our current criminal justice system.
This workshop will present the history of bail in our country and how it is applied today, often in violation of its legal intent, perpetuating an unjust system. Learn what you can do to establish a cash bail fund to free people from jail, impact the outcome of their legal case, and work to eliminate cash bail in your area of the country.

Location: 
LA
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The workshop will focus primarily on prisoners' rights, and political prisoner solidarity, but also address the "bursting at the seams" prison system, and the growth of private correctional institutions. Panelists include Theresa Shoatz (daughter of BPP political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz), Patrick McCann (immediate past national president, Veterans For Peace), and Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio correspondent.

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Conveners of the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice will review the formation of a new Los Angeles anti-war coalition: How it was formed, how it operates, what sort of progress has been made, where is it headed?

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Immigration enforcement in the US has been ramped up to unprecedented levels under the ideologically nativist Trump administration. The harms experienced by immigrant communities under the policies of the Trump administration and those of his predecessors remain an under-researched aspect of the critical criminology of migration. The speakers included on this thematic panel are working collectively to build an academic literature around these harms and the systems & structures that motivate their continued - and expanding - imposition.

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Following the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government embarked on a domestic “war on terror” which has employed a policy of preemptive prosecution that targets individuals and organizations based on their beliefs and ideology. In these cases, the actual crime is manufactured by federal law enforcement officials who almost always create and foil their own terrorist plots. This panel will discuss the questionable tactics and strategies by the government, such as discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities, infiltration of mosques by undercover agents and paid informants, and flawed counter-extremism programs, which undermine our fundamental freedoms. Murtaza Hussain, a journalist at The Intercept, will discuss government overreach in these national security cases. Attorney Kathy Manley, the legal director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will further present on these abuses documented in a report she co-authored titled Inventing Terrorists. Ashley Young will discuss the unjust prosecution of her brother, Nicholas Young, a victim of FBI entrapment and the first law enforcement officer to be charged with terrorism.

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Location: 
NYC
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Hundreds - if not many thousands - of people are released from jail each year after having been wrongfully incarcerated. Yet many states - New York included - release them with absolutely no compensation for having been wrongly jailed. Many then need to deal with the reverberating effects of incarceration, including psychological trauma, difficulty gaining employment & housing, re-establishing familial ties, etc. We will discuss ways to organize for criminal justice reforms - both to prevent wrongful incarceration as well as to compensate its many victims.

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Resistance to the carceral state has always been at the forefront of Leftist agendas. More specifically, the exercise of weaponized violence calls to question the role that the police play in constructing an “American” cultural identity. This panel raises key questions: what spaces and places do, and will, policing/law enforcement agencies occupy in an ongoing process of building a new global Left, as their material and cultural reach and ramifications continue to escalate and accelerate exponentially? Why/ do we need law enforcement? How do we begin to understand social imperatives of policing beyond the work of local enforcement agencies, but also an act culturally embedded into quotidian American life? How do oppositional communities connect across differently resourced and governed spaces to work with or within what some consider protracted, multifaceted genocide?

This discussion features dialogue between activist-scholars across disciplines engaging attendees around discourses of prison and policing reform, abolition, and restorative justice- and the obstacles and promises of inhabiting and contributing toward each. Drawing from works in digital humanities, communication, critical race/ethnic studies, and community activism, this panel seeks to critically examine the stakes of addressing policing in the New World, and what this may look like among different spaces that comprise the global Left.

Kim Clark, Art Culture Movement, FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment will share a ten-minute clip from a 2018 public access TV program entitled No Place for Police (produced collaboratively by Clark and Jones), which highlights challenges with policing and police violence in schools, and will engage more broadly in interrogating what the proper place of police is in our local communities, and how this points toward possibilities for radical transnational (or broader) solidarities.

Aundrey Jones, UC San Diego, Ethnic Studies, Pillars of the Community, All of Us or None: will cover a broad history of carceral resistance in Southern California. Looking at different collectives of Left organizing as it relates specifically to Black/Brown people in Los Angeles since WWII, and how these communities have constructed meanings of life and struggle while living under the precarious auspices of carceral Los Angeles.

Kathie Cheng, Stolen Lives Project, will discuss ways the Stolen Lives Project has been documenting those killed by U.S. law enforcement since 1996. How does this work counter normalized narratives which justify police/state violence by providing stories and data that challenge and reframe rarely adequately investigated or made known circumstances surrounding the deaths of their victims? Through these narratives, the SLP illustrates how police brutality is normalized and constructed as expected and acceptable through mainstream media’s tarnishing of victim reputations, despite being categorization as a negative phenomenon.

Kerry Keith will examine covert and overt policing and surveillance strategies operationalized after one is released from prison. Troubling the watch tactics imposed through parole, often a site for reformist action, is instead examined as a direct continuation of policed behavioral expectations designed to re-criminate rather than rehabilitate, revealing socio-cultural agnosia which endangers anti-incarceration movements. Keith draws on systems that counter parole’s watch, speculating on possibilities of a non-policed release from prison.

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A coalition of immigrant rights groups, unions, socialist organizations and other community groups called the Resist the Deportation Machine (RDM) is trying to shut down the Essex County ICE detention center in Newark, one of the largest and most notorious of such facilities.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation rests on more than 200 detention centers with 40,000 beds, where the agency holds immigrant detainees in preparation for deporting them.

Without this vast network of facilities, ICE's deportation machine would stall. RDM believes that a nationwide movement of direct actions centered around closing ICE detention centers could block the infrastructure that the agency needs to carry out its abuses.

Join us as we work to build a world without borders by sharing strategies for shutting down abusive ICE Detention Centers