Jessica Hoffmann

Tomorrow Night! Critical Resistance Parties All Over the U.S.

Filed By Jessica Hoffmann | May 30, 2008 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Politics, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Critical Resistance, prison abolition

Critical Resistance, a visionary organization working to abolish the racist, classist, and violently heteronormative prison system, is hard at work planning CR10, their tenth-anniversary gathering, which will take place in Oakland in September. This will be a major moment in the prison-abolition movement, which is one of the most inspiring movements challenging unjust power and oppression in the United States. One of the things I find most exciting about the current prison-abolition movement is how seriously it addresses and incorporates gender justice in a truly intersectional movement -- whether through "envisioning ways to stop the imprisonment and criminalization of transgender communities" or by pointing out the ways binary-gender-segregated prisons violently enforce gender norms.

Tomorrow night (May 31), there are going to be parties all across the U.S. to raise travel money for CR10. (L.A. folks -- maybe I'll see you at our local party?)The list of events is after the jump.

It's a broad-based movement that centers the voices of folks most impacted by the prison system while pointing out the ways this system connects to things like heteronormativity, militarism, an exploitative economy, racism, and more. CR10 will be a weekend full of discussions, planning, art, and much more by and for people from all over the country and all over the movement. It will be free to everyone who wants to attend, fun for kids (there's a whole kids' track!), and the organizers are putting in every effort to ensure that everyone who should be there can be by consciously raising money to support people's travel expenses.

Saturday, May 31st

Boston, MA
Where: Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St. (near Copley Sq.)
Boston, MA 02116
When: 7:00 PM b 12:00 AM
Who: Jason Lydon
(617) 519-4387 or [email protected]
What: Dinner, Drinks, Speakers. Music, Dancing and Drinks from 10-Midnight.

Los Angeles, CA
Where: Pushback Network
4801 Exposition Blvd. (at La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA 90016
When: 7 pm
Who: CR Los Angeles
(323) 238-0596
[email protected]
What: music/djs, dancing, food, drinks, films, art-making, and more!!!
$5 to $50 at the door

Chicago, IL
Where: Chicago Promontory Point
5491 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60615
When: 4 to 8 pm
Who: Toussaint Losier
[email protected]
What: Barbeque

New Orleans, LA
Where: The Bridge Lounge
1201 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
When: 7:00 PM b 10:00 PM
Who: CR New Orleans
(504) 304-3784
What: Music, Drinks, Community. Featuring DJ Redd.

New York City, NY
Where: The Brecht Forum
451 West St. (btw Bank St & Bethune St)
New York, NY 10014
When: 7:00 PM b 12:00 AM
Who: CR New York
(718) 676-1660
What: Food, Drinks, Performances, Music. Drinks & Dancing from 9-Midnight.
Featuring Movement in Motion Collective and DJ Enano
$5 to $50 at the door

Oakland, CA
Where: Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA
When: 7:00 PM b 10:00 PM
Who: CR Oakland
(510) 444-0484
What: Appearances by Angela Y. Davis, Erica Benton, and Rico Pabon
$10 to $1,000 at the door

Philadelphia, PA
Where: Student Activity Center @ Temple University
1755 N 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
When: 8:00 PM
Who: AFSC StopMax Campaign
(215) 241-7137
What: $5 at the door. Appearances by Welfare Poets & Danza Mexica Cuauthemoc

Seattle, WA
Where: Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson
Seattle, WA 98144 in the Central District
When: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Who: Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA): (206) 322-4856
What: bTHE EXECUTION OF WANDA JEAN ALLENb movie screening and discussion
Sliding Scale: $5 to $15
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Who: Zenaida Martin
[email protected]

Saturday, June 7th

Miami, FL
Where: 511 NE 65th St.
Miami, FL 33138
When: 8:00 PM b 11:00 PM
Who: Kim Diehl
[email protected]
What: First 10 people to donate gets a free CD!

Thursday, June 12th

Minneapolis, MN
Who: Jamie Schweser
[email protected]

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 31, 2008 4:18 AM

I cannot imagine anything more horrible to be trans gendered and spend even an hour in jail, let alone time in prison. Very Good Luck!