CANCELLED! Black Feminist Reflections on Abolition: Theory, Praxis and Activism

Dr. Ritchie is not going to be able to attend because of an emergency, so this presentation is cancelled.

In this presentation, Dr. Ritchie will share current work on a book project called Abolition. Feminism. Now. that she is working on with Angela Y Davis, Gina Dent and Erica Seiners. The specific focus of her presentation will be the aspects of the book that link anti-carceral feminist strategies with abolition praxis. Dr. Beth E. Ritchie is Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her scholarly and activist work, Professor Richie focuses on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, particularly African American battered women and sexual assault survivors.

Thursday March 11, 2021 || 300-430PM // A Black Studies Project @ UCSD presentation. \\ Flyer and event link

Welcome

On this site you can learn about what were fighting for and ways to get involved.

Cops Off Campus Coalition at UC San Diego

We are a group of community members, students, faculty, and other workers at UCSD joining together in support of a movement initiated by BIPOC community members and colleagues across the University of California and California State University systems, calling for an end to policing in our schools by Fall 2021.

 

Article: California must lead the way in abolishing school and university campus police

The first days of 2021 — which will surely be remembered for police officers in Washington, D.C. removing barricades in order for white supremacists to storm the United States Capitol, confederate flag in hand — ask us to continue learning from the unprecedented uprisings of 2020, in which hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest anti-Black police violence. The 2020 uprisings articulated transformative visions of a world without anti-Black violence, a world without hyper-funded police forces and thus a world with deep community safety and care...

Sign On in Support of PrOTECT

The Coalition for Police Accountability and Transparency is advocating for a law to be passed called PrOTECT (Preventing Overpolicing through Equitable Community Treatment). PrOTECT seeks to ban the use of consent searches and limit discretionary stops by police.

PrOTECT will:
• Require officers to have probable cause to stop or detain anyone (this includes “Fourth Waivers” - people on probation or parole who have waived some of their Fourth Amendment rights);
• Require probable cause for searches;
• Prohibit officers from questioning people about any offenses beyond the offense for which they were stopped unless the officers have probable cause; and
• Hold officers accountable if they violate the ordinance.

Academics against the Introduction of Special Security Forces in Greek Universities

Greek Universities have been off-limits to the Greek military and police forces since 1974, following the military dictatorship's murderous armed attack on the Athens Polytechnic University Uprising in November of the previous year and its subsequent implosion. The current Mitsotakis right-wing government is aiming to re-introduce special police forces on to university campuses, a plan that is broadly opposed by students, staff, instructors and administrators. The Initiative of Academics: NO POLICE ON CAMPUS is distributing a petition opposing the reintroduction of pigs to universities, signed by over 1000 Greek academics, and is requesting that academics from around the world sign the petition.

Read the petition and instructions for adding your signature

Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Fiscal and Human Cost of Mass Incarceration in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County operations the largest jail system in the United States, which incarcerates more people than any other nation on Earth. This talk, part of UCSD Ethnics Studies Department's 30th Anniversary celebration, provides an introduction tot the Million Dollar Hoods (MDH) project, method, and impact. Led by Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez, MDH is a university-based, community-driven research project that maps the fiscal and human cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 || 300-500PM PST

Materializing Abolition: Queer and Feminist Strategies - Prison as Gendering Technology

Critical Gender Studies, in collaboration with the Digital Gym, is excited to kick off winter quarter with another "Materializing Abolition: Queer and Feminist Strategies" event! On January 21 at 6 pm we will be joined by Prof. Eric Stanley and Krys Shelley, both active in queer liberation and anti-prison struggles. This month's conversation centers on "Prison as Gendering Technology; Queer as Abolitionist Tactic." We will explore ways in which systems of policing and incarceration are produced by, and forcibly produce, heteronormative gender binaries, and how queer activism sheds light on how we can mobilize a politics of care. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 21 at 600PM PST

SOLIDARITY FOR BLACK WOMEN AT UCSD HEALTH

call ucsd health ceoUnited Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) demands justice for UC San Diego Health staff members Tammy and Ashley, the only two Black women in their 32-person unit, who were laid off shortly after Tammy filed a discrimination complaint against her supervisor. UCSD Health did not follow the proper protocol when laying off these two workers in the middle of a global pandemic, and clearly retaliated against Tammy for speaking up about racism in the workplace. These layoffs are blatantly racist and reflect harshly on UC San Diego's image. UCSD’s own HR Reaffirmation Notices state that “UC San Diego prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University of California, consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal regulations.” If this is the case, then why would they attempt to silence black female workers facing discrimination? We demand UCSD Health CEO Patty Maysent rescind the layoffs of Tammy and Ashley immediately.
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