South Florida Caribbean News announced that Dr. Angela Y. Davis will participate in a public conversation titled America’s Most (Un)Wanted Fight Back: Ending Criminalization and the Prison Industrial Complex. The event takes place this evening—Thursday, December 17 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)—at Barry University’s Shepard and Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center (located at 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida.
Critical Resistance, Dream Defenders and Power U Center for Social Change will host America’s Most (Un)Wanted Fight Back: Ending Criminalization and the Prison Industrial Complex, a public conversation with Dr. Angela Y. Davis. The event is a fundraiser for all three organizations.
As one of the most prominent US political figures of our time, Angela Davis will draw from her recent books and decades of activism and expertise to explore current crises of imprisonment and criminalization in the US and internationally and the possibilities for systemic change and Black liberation. Davis will be joined in conversation with three organizations at the forefront of movements for racial justice and prison industrial complex abolition in Florida and nationally.
“At the same time that we see wider economic disparity, greater environmental devastation, and increased state violence at home and abroad, we also see more creative, hopeful, and energetic movements for change,” explained Davis. “I hope this conversation will help to encourage social, political, and cultural activism that strives to build a better, more empowering, and sustainable future.”
The event builds upon weeks of community dialogues led by local residents and organizations exploring alternatives to imprisonment and policing.
“We view this historic conversation as an opportunity to work on anti-criminalization issues in Miami and demonstrate how our work is connected to liberation movements in other parts of the country and around the world,” said Hashim Bedford, Executive Director of Power U Center for Social Change. “We also hope that people will walk away inspired by and connected to all the innovative community organizing that is happening in this city.”
Individual tickets for the event are $25.00. Scholarships are available to ensure that the event is accessible to the entire community. There are also opportunities to support the event through sponsorship. For more information, please visit: bit.ly/angeladavismia
ANGELA Y. DAVIS is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Angela Davis came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA because of her activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.
Today, Prof. Davis remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of many books, including her most recent collection, The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights Open Media).