Beyond the Bars Conference

March 5, 2020 - March 8, 2020
School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027
Please see the website or below detail for conference locations each day

This year's theme aims to explore strategies for challenging a carceral society.  Register and join us March 5 - 8.

Beyond the Bars: Freedom Plans    

Strategies for Challenging a Carceral Society

March 5th-8th, 2020

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This year's theme aims to explore strategies for challenging a carceral society. Our conference is now 10 years old, as is the book The New Jim Crow. While our movement legacy extends far beyond the past decade, in the past 10 years the movement challenging incarceration and criminalization has grown significantly - in part due to the role of currently and  formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people. On the other hand, the total number of people in jails and prisons in the U.S. has decreased very little, incarceration of people who are undocumented has increased, and criminalization of activism is on the rise. We are at a time when the movement against mass incarceration is one of many social movements mobilizing for justice and liberation, both in the United States and throughout the world. These movements have birthed many possibilities as well as many challenges. It is our hope that Beyond the Bars 2020 will be a generative space to surface and explore strategic issues and further our freedom plans towards transforming the society in which we live.

Thursday Night - Women Transcending: The Energy of Collective Leadership  (Doors at 6:30pm - Event Starts at 7:00pm)  Location: MIST Harlem

Featuring The Graduates, Kierah King, Ivan Calaff, the Women Transcending Collective Leadership Institute.  Hosted by Sharon White-Harrigan.

Friday Night: Building the Movement: Freedom Plans (Doors at 6:45pm – Event Starts at 7:30pm) Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Featuring conversations about movement history and abolition, with Angela Davis, Soffiyah Elijah, Edwin Cortes, Derecka Purnell, Erica Meiners and Claudia Muñoz. Hosted by Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin.

Saturday - Strategies for Challenging a Carceral Society: Plenaries and Breakout Sessions (Registration and Continental Breakfast Begins at 8:45am - Panels Start at 9:30am)  Location: Columbia School of Social Work