Prisons are not ‘broken’ nor are they rehabilitative. Prisons exist to punish and control. They were never built to end systemic racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, ableism, or xenophobia. In fact, they exist to reinforce and reproduce these systems of oppression that perpetuate the violence we experience. Project NIA has been creating and lifting up solutions to harm that transform it as well as the people affected by the harm. We are part of a movement that is interested in building a world focused on accountability, healing and transformation for all of us. We believe that abolishing the prison industrial complex (PIC) by relying on the practice of transformative justice offers the best opportunity for us to create the world in which we want to live: one without imprisonment, oppressive policing, and state surveillance.
Join us for a workshop facilitated by Mariame Kaba (director of Project NIA & member of the PIC Teaching Collective) about abolishing the PIC and transforming justice. This workshop IS NOT appropriate for participants who are unfamiliar with the prison industrial complex. It is not an introductory workshop about the PIC. This workshop is intended for those who already understand how the PIC is structured and functions. The goals of the workshop are as follows:
a. Explore working definitions of abolition and transformative justice
b. Create space for participants to consider ways of dealing with harm outside of the PIC
c. Develop abolitionist strategies for individuals, and organizations they are a part of, to utilize in their work