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Writing to Abolition: Rehearsals for Living with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg)
Following the Floyd rebellions of 2020, we saw ideas about the abolition of policing and imprisonment reach new levels of attention. Leading up to and following Summer 2020, writing about prison industrial complex abolition helped shape the ongoing conversations about how we think about safety and addressing harm. Join CPE for a series of events featuring new books on prison industrial complex abolition that help us consider the case for abolition and how we can put these politics in action. All events will be held online.

Rehearsals for Living, based on correspondence between Maynard and Simpson during the pandemic, engages with questions about crisis, oppression, and liberation, and how the things we do together are preparation for getting free. Simpson and Maynard will reflect on their correspondence and what their practice suggests for what we must do to fortify our survival.

Robyn Maynard is also the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present and a scholar of borders, policing, abolition, and Black feminism.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, and musician who also teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

Jul 26, 2022 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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