Race and Equity Discussion Group: Abolitionist Climate Justice, with Julie Sze

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 12:30pm





All Switzer Fellows are invited to join the Race and Equity Discussion Group for this event! We will prioritize the attendance of Switzer Fellows but we may be able to allow a few close colleagues of fellows if space permits. Please contact Erin before signing up any of your colleagues.

Abolitionist Climate Justice: Theories and Praxis, with Julie Sze

In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices and vulnerability to climate change are deepening along disparate lines of race and class. The violence inherent to environmental injustice is inextricably linked to the state violence inherent in policing and carceral systems. How does this moment of danger point towards an abolitionist approach to climate justice?

Abolitionist social movements emphasize that some institutions are beyond reform, and should be replaced by entirely different systems and approaches. This talk and discussion will consider how those who work towards climate justice can build understanding and move in coalition with long-standing, black-led abolition struggles that have only become more visible in recent months.

Suggested reading:
Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in U.S. Cities, by Lindsey Dillon and Julie Sze (link)
Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind, by Rachel Kushner (link)

REGISTER HERE by November 27, 2020.

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