No Borders, No Walls: Feminists for Abolition
AWID convened a virtual conversation titled No Borders, No Walls: Feminists for Abolition on 27 January. This was a small gathering bringing together speakers from prison abolition, Indigenous, harm reduction and broader feminist movements to build connections across movements and to discuss the cross-regional and cultural implications of these concepts. Participants were invited to reflect on these themes from their own experiences and contexts, and came from a range of regions and movements: from Palestine solidarity, to Black feminists, women who use drugs, to Latin American feminist activists and disability justice advocates.
Participants: Galina Angarova, Tanagra Melgarejo, Sharon Yam, Rachel Zellars - facilitated by Zukiswa Wanner
Watch participants reflecting on these themes from their own experiences and contexts.
A small gathering bringing together speakers from prison abolition, Indigenous, harm reduction, and broader feminist movements.
This conversation charted the connections and intersections between struggles of activists resisting violence caused by border regimes and prison systems and supporting communities most impacted. We collectively learned from the practices of transformative justice, harm reduction, and abolition that activists embody in their work and everyday lives. Participants were invited to build on the political visions and imaginaries paved by Indigenous, Black, queer and feminist organising in transcending borders and prisons, creating models of justice from a feminist perspective that center around community, care, justice, healing, accountability, and self-determination.
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- V'ahavta Aurora Levins Morales
- ‘No Borders, No Walls’ music playlist
- Podcast Deconstruides - Castigo, punitivismo, abolicionismo. (53 minutes) Diego Tájer, Tamara Tenenbaum
- Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba on Why Is This Happening? podcast with Chris Hayes (April 2019)
- No One is Disposable: Everyday Practices of Prison Abolition Tourmaline and Dean Spade at Bernard Center for Research and Women and Sylvia Rivera Law Project (Feb 2014)
- COVID-19, decarceration and abolition Ruth Wilson Gilmore at Haymarket Books (April 2020)
- Abolition Must Include Psychiatry Stella Akua Mensah, Disability Visibility Project (July 2020)
- ‘Why feminists should support the struggle for prison and police abolition,’ Amrit Wilson (July 2020)
- Border Control and Abolition Olivia Johnson (November 2020)