The political education group this month based their conversation around Abolition Feminism for week 7 of the "Abolish Everything" curriculum. The focus of the discussion was on the need for feminism movements to reject the current criminal justice system, which doesn't protect women from harm and leads to many women being criminalized or harmed by parts of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). There was also some great discussion around the role of community in creating accountability and possible alternative responses to violence that don't involve the PIC. We'll continue the discussion next month with the topic of Queer and Trans Abolition, which will include topics like the past and present criminalization of queer and trans people and the role of the gender binary in the PIC. To join us, sign up here!
On April 4th, the Baltimore and Howard County group discussed the Police Accountability Board (PAB) Coalition forming in Baltimore County. This is a coalition "working to transform public safety and end racist and violent policing". Learn more about them on twitter or check out their helpful toolkit with info on police accountability in Baltimore County.
The county meeting also included some great discussion about efforts members are individually involved in, including the Vote 4 More campaign to add more districts to Baltimore County.
We wrapped up by noting that CASA's annual spring campaign is ongoing and encourage everyone who is able to consider donating to this SURJ accountability partner. Donations will support CASA's citizenship program and legal services to help hundreds of immigrants a year navigate the U.S.' complex immigration system, find opportunities to adjust their status, and, when eligible, become U.S. Citizens.
To hear about opportunities like this to get involved in racial justice in Baltimore and Howard county, sign up here for the next county meeting on Monday May 2nd at 7pm.