2017 was the year for building walls, division and securing borders. We want 2018 to be the year of building bridges, strengthening international movements and creating spaces for learning and collaboration to build a world without punishment, prisons and police.
Reclaim Justice Network are supporting International Conference on Penal Abolition 2018; Abolitionist Futures: Social Justice Not Criminal Justice in London, 15th – 18th June, at Birkbeck, University of London.
Over the four days, we hope to be questioning, resisting and dismantling policing, prisons, immigration detention and punishment, and the broader systems of oppression that maintain the carceral state; as well as building alternatives, alongside local and international movements for social justice.
We know there are worldwide activists doing incredible anti-prison organising work, who want to join in the movement-building this summer. We are also supporting by ICOPA 2018 by fundraising to provide solidarity bursaries to help cover the costs of registration, travel, accommodation and disability support for those on low income. We will be allocating these bursaries with the ICOPA Organising Committee, against a set criteria.
In allocating funding, we will be prioritising those from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially people of colour, LGBTQ, disabled, indigenous and formerly incarcerated people, who should be at the forefront of our movement.
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