BTV Event, Behind Bars/ Breaking Down Walls

 
a day of workshops on the prison system *** Sunday, May 15th 3pm - 8pm *** BEHIND BARS / BREAKING DOWN WALLS a day of workshops on the prison system facilitated by Peter Gelderloos and Patrick Lincoln of Harrisonburg a day of workshops on the prison system facilitated by Peter Gelderloos and Patrick Lincoln of Harrisonburg *** Sunday, May 15th 3pm - 8pm *** BEHIND BARS / BREAKING DOWN WALLS a day of workshops on the prison system facilitated by Peter Gelderloos and Patrick Lincoln of Harrisonburg 3:00 - 5:00 PM BEHIND BARS: The Expansion of the American Prison Sell With over two million Americans serving prison sentences, and millions more locked up awaiting trial, on parole, under house arrest, at a halfway house, or otherwise under the supervision of the Justice Department, the prison system is an important component of our society. Yet even as prisons receive almost no attention in the mainstream media, politicians from both parties are nearly unanimous in supporting the proliferation of prisons, along with the expansion of an increasingly militarized police force and a more draconian penal system. The prison system sells itself as a solution to crime, but it is a false cure for an exaggerated problem. 5:00 - 5:45 PM: DINNER BREAK--Food available from BtTV for a small donation.. 5:45 - 8:00 PM BREAKING DOWN WALLS: Anti-Prison Organizing and Movement Building The prison system is a critical component of the state. Prisons are used to protect capitalist property relations, provide involuntary labor, enforce racial hierarchies, instill obedience to state policies, and encourage patriarchal behaviors. How can we build effective resistance to the prison system, and connect this organizing to an anti-authoritarian movement against the state as a whole? Using role-plays, group discussions, and brief overviews of anti-prison critiques, we will try to answer these questions together. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS Peter Gelderloos is a writer and community organizer in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been active with Harrisonburgs Rising Up Collective, as well as the local Food Not Bombs, Copwatch, and anti-oppression workshops. After serving a six month prison sentence for an illegal protest action, Peter has become involved in prisoner support and anti-prison organizing. Patrick Lincoln spent time organizing around global justice issues before studying in Nicaragua for a year, then came home to commit an act of symbolic protest against U.S. militarism. As a result he spent six months in federal prison. Since then hes learned to take his organizing more seriously than himself, and embrace the need for a militant, diverse movement that addresses the "War at Home" - in which the Prison System plays a critical role. Donations are accepted, but these workshops are free and open to everyone BETTER THAN TELEVISION 106 A3 Goodman Street in Belmont. (434) 295-0872 Directions from the Belmont Bridge: Head east on Graves St. past Spudnuts, take a left on Goodman, and BtTv is the third building on the right, on the corner of Lyman/Goodman. Its the middle door on the loading dock. _______________________________________________ BetterThanTelevision mailing list BetterThanTelevision@lists.cvilleaction.org

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