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Black Feminist Abolition Reflections on Anti-violence Activism

February 23, 2022 6:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle

Beth Richie

This presentation will make the case for Abolition in response to the problem of gender violence from the perspective of Black feminist theory and praxis. It will include a history of the anti-violence movement in the US, ethnographic data from a current research study and recommendations for non-carceral alternatives.

This talk will be in-person at Town Hall Seattle and will also be live-streamed.

About the speaker

Beth Richie

Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Beth E. Richie is LAS Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Black Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Dr. Richie’s most recent book title is Abolition. Feminism. Now. with Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent and Erica Meiners. She is also the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (2012) which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. She is one of the editors of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom (2018) with collaborating teachers from Stateville Prison. Her earlier book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and is recognized as its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime and the contemporary advocacy work on behalf of criminalized survivors. Her work has been supported by grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The National Institute for Justice and The National Institute of Corrections. She has been awarded the Audre Lorde Legacy Award from the Union Institute, The Advocacy Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and The Visionary Award from the Violence Intervention Project and the UIC Woman of the Year Award. Dr. Richie is a founding member of INCITE!: Women of Color Against Violence. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Degree from the City University of New York Law School and in 2014 she was appointed as a Sr. Advisor to the NFL to work on their gender violence prevention program.

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