“The Carceral State” Online Class

Join the Zinn Education Project for our next Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online class on April 26, 2021, when historian Garrett Felber and abolitionist organizer Stevie Wilson will talk about the growth of the carceral state and resistance movements.

Stevie (Stephen) Wilson is an incarcerated prison organizer and educator working from the inside to help fellow inmates across the United States learn about the system in which they are caught. Read about Wilson’s work in the blog he authors, Dreaming Freedom, Practicing Abolition. Learn about the connection between Felber and Wilson in the December 2020 blog post, “Solidarity with Garrett Felber!,” and listen to an interview Wilson did with Rustbelt Abolition Radio to learn more about his work and perspectives.

Garrett Felber, author of Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement and the Carceral State, is project director of the Parchman Oral History Project and was the lead organizer of the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration conference. He co-founded Study and Struggle, a project that organizes against criminalization and incarceration in Mississippi through mutual aid, political education, and community building. They provide a bilingual Spanish and English curriculum with discussion questions and reading materials, as well as financial support, to over 100 participants in radical study groups inside and outside prisons in Mississippi.

The class will feature a conversation between teacher Jesse Hagopian and the guest speakers. Midway through, participants will go into small group breakout rooms to meet each other, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff, however, parents, students, and others are welcome to participate. ASL is provided.

This class begins at 4:00 pm PT / 5:00 MT / 6:00 pm CT / 7:00 pm ET and runs for 90 minutes. Register for free.

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