Associated Initiative

Shrinking the Prison Industrial Complex: Strategic Abolitionist Organizing in the 21st Century

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Mariame Kaba

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory

Event Description


Prisons are not ‘broken’ nor are they rehabilitative. They exist to punish and control. In fact, the prison industrial complex (PIC) reinforces and reproduces systems of oppression that perpetuate the violence we experience. Founded in 2009, Project NIA has been organizing to end the PIC by developing solutions that transform violence. It is part of a movement whose goal is to build a world focused on accountability, healing and transformation for everyone. In this lecture, Mariame Kaba will argue that shrinking the PIC by relying on non-reformist reforms can help move us towards an abolitionist future, offering examples of past and current abolitionist campaigns.

Hosted by: Center for Advanced Study

Cosponsors: Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Gender & Women's Studies, Education Justice Project

Mariame Kaba

Organizer, educator, curator, founder and director of Project NIA