Did you miss the Abolition Fair?
Check out the resources & takeaways from each group below!
Learn about what abolition ecology is with the Ecosocialists of DSA, Santa Cruz
The clock tower downtown has an altar to commemorate the Black lives that have been lost at the hands of police violence and white terrorism.
Presentation on weaponizing whiteness, how law enforcement harms BIPOC community members, and alternatives to neighborhood watch programs and calling the cops.
SC Community Fridges is a network of fridges in Santa Cruz providing free food. Fridges are a way for the community to share care and support each other!
We are UCSC graduate students fighting for a living wage and #COPSOFFCAMPUS. We strike, we rebel, we revolt!
Mutual Aid Towards Abolition
Santa Cruz County Mutual Aid is an organization devoted to fostering mutual aid projects that advance the collective liberation of our communities.
This presentation and discussion will cover a basic rundown of how the nervous system is involved in our crisis response to perceived danger. We’ll discuss herbs and strategies to widen our “window of tolerance” so that we can participate in better responses to crisis situations like deescalation, rather than calling the police or otherwise endangering people with institutionalization.
A bike ride to center and celebrate BIPOC community members of Santa Cruz.
Yoga as Resistance
A community meditation centering radical self-care and the need to focus on self-preservation through this journey. The event highlighted the importance of taking care of yourself in order to maintain longevity.
A presentation describing CAHOOTS – a non-police mobile crisis response service in Eugene, Oregon – and how this model could be a better alternative for many situations currently handled by police in Santa Cruz County.
The River Composes in Concert Together
These performances will flow with the movement of the San Lorenzo River, testifying to the pressures, stresses, and anxieties we feel because of the way private property has separated us from each other and stolen our common ground.
Abolition & Mutual Aid in Watsonville
Revolunas held a Q&A and open dialogue on current issues in Watsonville + surrounding areas. They discussed various ways Santa Cruz/UCSC can organize with grassroots organizations in Watsonville and address the immediate needs of the community.
A natural dye workshop for plants commonly found in the kitchen, garden, or with a keen eye in the wild. Over Zoom we will be screening a pre-prepared video walking through the steps of natural dyeing, then facilitating a live discussion. Participants will also receive a pdf with a list of many other local dye plants, instructions for harvest and use. We also hope to incorporate time for discussion about foraging, whiteness, and settler colonialism in this workshop.
Policing algorithms like predictive policing and facial recognition technology claim to produce less biased, more “efficient” policing. So why do they continue to discriminate against Black and Brown people? In this live presentation and Q&A, members of the Santa Cruz chapter of Science for the People discuss how policing algorithms not only reflect and perpetuate racist assumptions, but are designed by powerful institutions to promote their ideologies.
This talk will also highlight abolitionist technologies, which act to disrupt racist algorithms, prevent incarceration, and surveil the surveillants. As an example of the latter, Science for the People will present an analysis of data on the Santa Cruz Police Department to reveal trends in their interactions with the local houseless population before, during, and after the formation of the Ross Camp.