Abolition, Law, and the Black Radical Tradition

The student-led Black Panther commemoration project team brings together five Bay Area community leaders to discuss the legacies of the Panthers in reimagining approaches to community safety. Members of the Black Panther Party (1966-1982) strategically leveraged their constitutional rights to protest policing and racial discrimination in Oakland and beyond. 

As we reflect on the 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding, we ask: How have Black Radical thinkers and activists evolved and developed new visions for protecting communities of color? How have Black communities in the past and present used the law to defend their political movements and their communities? If we accept that the law is an imperfect tool for resistance, what do emerging movements for abolition offer to the discourse about Black political thought and action? We invite all community members to participate in this moderator-led panel and Q&A.
Cat Brooks, Justice Teams Network and Anti Police-Terror Project
J.T. Faraji, Tha Hood Squad
Walter Riley, attorney 
Clarence Thomas, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10
Arthur League, former political prisoner with the BPP
Moderated by Schuyler Dianne Atkins and Raisa Reed from the Stanford Black Law Students Association.

May 5, 2021 04:00 PM PDT

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