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Abolition and Rethinking Education

  • First Defense Legal Aid 601 South California Avenue Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)

The term "prison abolition" refers not only to the abolition of prisons and policing -- which a growing number of people believe is the best answer to mass incarceration and our school-to-prison pipeline -- but to their replacement with restorative and transformative justice practices that can make our communities not only safer but more connected and healthier for people of all ages.

This summit on prison abolition is taking place in Chicago from November 8 to 11.

In line with our current focus on education, OPAL will sponsor a carpool to the event on abolition and education on Thursday Nov. 9th leaving from the Robert Crown Center at 5:15 PM.

Abolition and Rethinking Education

Organizing to get police out of your school? Working on responses to harm in the classroom and staff room that do not involve criminalization? Want a curriculum that creates possibilities to imagine and build a world without prisons and borders? Building to protect students and families from immigration enforcement (ICE)? Come to this panel discussion with K-12 educators, youth advocates and abolitionist organizers that will deepen learning between and across these constituencies and identify needed tools and resources.


  • Ayanna Banks Harris - Chicago Math Teacher and Dean of Instruction, Love & Protect 
  • Beatriz Beckford - MomsRising
  • Cyriac Mathew - Uplift Community High School
  • Muhammad Sankari - Arab American Action Network
  • Moderator: Charity Tolliver, Black on Both Sides/BYP 100