Sunday, May 26, 2019; 2:30 – 4:30 pm
The Churches at Island Pond (also known as Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church) in the Gym, 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA
Join together for a panel and discussion of the legacy of the Abolition Movement in the U.S.A. and how we continue that legacy today. We will focus on the question: how does restorative justice give us alternatives to mass incarceration and offer pathways to community safety and healing?
Mallory Hanora is a prison abolitionist, organizer, and co-director of Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH). Families for Justice as Healing is committed to ending the incarceration of women and girls. Mallory came to FJAH while on probation and then never left. At FJAH, she facilitates a program called “Participatory Defense” which is a space where people come together to support, show solidarity, and strategize with loved ones with open cases, facing the parole board, and fighting for clemency. Mallory has over a decade of experience organizing to dismantle the criminal punishment system. She is also a volunteer with the Massachusetts bail fund.
Dr. Toussaint Losier is an Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and is currently a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow. He is co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (Routledge, 2017) with Dan Berger and preparing a book manuscript tentatively titled, War for the City: Black Liberation and the Consolidation of the Carceral State.