“Abolitious” is a group of Santa Cruz POC community members who came together to learn about the history, politics, and practice of abolition. Our experiences of studying together are what inspired the development of the Abolition Fair. In this panel, you’ll learn about our experience of working through Abolition Journal‘s “If You’re New to Abolition” study guide together over the summer of 2020. Our goal was to model a community space of collective learning founded upon trust, care, and a commitment to radical social transformation. We also hope to use this event to support the development of a new cohort of abolition study group members! Please note: This event is limited to BIPOC attendees
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. The goal of the event we are planning is to protect the space by leading a vigil, getting the community to contribute to the altar and stop Parks & Rec from taking down the BLM Ofrenda/ Altar.
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! All the food at the fridges are free and available for everyone. Solidarity not charity! Bring food and take food. Lots of fresh local organic produce from farms nearby!
Abolition Orientation: UCSC Edition. This bike + car caravan will introduce you to the reasons why UCPD needs to be abolished and how we can get COPS OFF CAMPUS at UCSC and across the University of California. Students, workers, staff, lecturers, faculty, and folks not affiliated with the University are welcome to join.
Santa Cruz County Mutual Aid is an organization devoted to fostering mutual aid projects that advance the collective liberation of our communities.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a blooming of organizations practicing mutual aid. In this facilitated discussion, we will talk about what mutual aid is, how we can practice it to address the overlapping crises we are facing, and how our practice can shed light on what a world without police and prisons could look like.
This conversation is open to those who are just becoming aware of the concepts of mutual aid and abolition, as well as those who are more familiar. We hope to create a generative space for story-telling and knowledge sharing.
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.
Participants will be invited to answer interactive questions and consider their past crisis experiences and how they responded, as well as how they would prefer to respond. This information does not need to be shared with the group, there will simply be time to reflect on these things.
Join us for the BIPOC Liberation Bike Ride! Wear helmets and masks please. Bikes available to loan, first-come first-serve, limited supply. Non-BIPOC welcome but this event is meant to center and celebrate BIPOC visibility. Please be respectful. Organized by BIPOC Liberation Collective with support by The Bike Church and Bike Santa CruzCounty.
A community meditation centering radical self-care and the need to focus on self-preservation through this journey. The event highlights the importance of taking care of yourself in order to maintain longevity.A 45-minute yoga session, followed by a 15-minute meditation. Centering the need for wellness and community.
Join the Ecosocialists in sharing and recognizing the harm enacted against your well-being and connection to the environment due to the privatization of property. The goal of these “hearings” is to develop a more comprehensive understanding of what is common among us, who constitutes that “us”, and to promote values that recognize and amplify what is shared rather than what is privately owned and controlled.
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.
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. Q&A to follow.
Join us for a Q&A and open dialogue on current issues in Watsonville + surrounding areas.We will be discussing 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.
Our group is in the process of planning a natural dye garden on UCSC campus in partnership with Tim Young, a wrongfully convicted and death row imprisoned black man. Our garden – the Freedom Garden – sees plants as comrades in abolition. That is, our garden is a place for teaching and learning knowledge of natural dye processes that builds ways of being in relation with land and each other that is both a refusal of the carceral state, and insistence on a vibrant collective Freedom that we propagate and grow ourselves. We see the freedom of land, the freedom of all those imprisoned by the state, and collective liberation as intrinsically linked. We turn to plants as teachers in memorializing those lost to the violent, carceral, genocidal state, and teachers in finding alternate worlds and freedoms embedded within the cracks of the present. Our garden intends to be a space of abolitionist possibility in the homogenizing context of the University. Freedom Garden is a sister project of sorts to the already-planted Solitary Garden, a project by artist jackie sumell in collaboration with Tim Young and UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS). We will hear from a special guest from IAS, who will provide a deeper context and inside look to the implementation of the project and the Institute’s upcoming Visualizing Abolition series.
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.
The idea for an Abolition Fair was devised by a group of Santa Cruz BIPOC community members who came together to learn about the history, politics, and practice of abolition. We followed Abolition Journal’s 6-week multimedia study guide to learn about the histories of the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, police brutality and the ongoing struggle towards liberation from systems of harm. We join the abolitionists who have advanced this work for decades and welcome new partners in our study and action.
These are the topics we studied each week: Week one: Prisons and Policing in the U.S. as a History of anti-Blackness Week two: The Prison Industrial Complex Week three: Policing and Imprisonment as Racial Violence Week four: Reformist Reforms vs. Abolitionist Steps Week five: Feminist, Queer and Trans Abolitionism Week six: Abolitionist Alternatives
The POC Abolition study group wanted to share what we learned from our studies with a broader audience and connect with existing individuals and organizations who share a vision of a liberatory future.
The goals of our Abolition Fair are, but not limited to:
Introducing and promoting a vision of the world without police or prisons to a broader audience
Promoting the work of Santa Cruz community organizations that share an abolitionist vision
Connecting and participating in each other’s work towards abolition
Making abolitionist educational material accessible to a wide audience