Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF), in partnership with Seattle Arts and Lectures, invites you to our second book event of the year. Tune in virtually on April 6th at 3 p.m. PST for a conversation with Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie, co-authors of Abolition. Feminism. Now. Throughout this series, authors, scholars, and organizers examine the most pressing issues of our time. The MCF Book Club shares the ideas of leaders who encourage us to imagine how we can radically transform our democracy, economy, and society to include all of our dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Together, they offer a course toward a liberated future.
This event is part of our MCF Book Club: Reading for a Liberated Future series. The MCF Book Club sharesthe ideas of leaders who encourage us to imagine how we can radically transform our democracy,economy, and society.
As a politic and a practice, abolition increasingly shapes our political moment - halting the construction of new jails and propelling movements to divest from policing. Yet erased from this landscape are not only the central histories of feminist - usually queer, anti-capitalist, grassroots, and women of color - organizing that continue to cultivate abolition but a recognition of a stark reality: Abolition is our best response to endemic forms of state and interpersonal gender and sexual violence. Amplifying the analysis and the theories of change generated from vibrant, community-based organizing, Abolition. Feminism. Now. surfaces necessary historical genealogies, key internationalist learnings, and everyday practices to grow our collective and flourishing present and futures.
Angela Y. Davis is Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. An activist, writer, and lecturer, her work focuses on prisons, police, abolition, and the related intersections of race, gender, and class. She is the author of many books, from Angela Davis: An Autobiography to Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.
Gina Dent is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where she received the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities in 2019 and the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity in 2007. She is the editor of Black Popular Culture and author of articles on race, feminism, popular culture, and visual art. Working at the hinges of the disciplines of literature, law, and anthropology, her current working projects include Visualizing Abolition and Prison as a Border.
Erica R. Meiners is Professor of Education and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. A writer, organizer, and educator, Meiners is the author of For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State, co-author of The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence, and a co-editor of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom.
Beth E. Richie is Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of Black Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarly and activist work emphasizes the ways that race, ethnicity, and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Dr. Richie is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation, Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in Black communitites.