Understanding that many U.S. Americans recognize the massive human rights problem of mass incarceration in this country, other criminal justice activists remain steadfast in advocating for prison abolition. Regardless of where one stands, all are left with the question, “what does a society without prisons actually look like?” Can we harness the creativity and imagination of members of U.S. society to rethink what alternatives to a carceral state might look like? In this interactive Olio, participants will explore the incarceration alternatives that currently exist in other regions of the world, be exposed to visionary art that challenges existing oppressive structures, and briefly create visual art that stimulates discussion on an abolitionist future. What are the possibilities that will emerge when groups of individuals are called upon their own creativity to reimagine the world we currently inhabit? What does it matter to create a world where all individuals are free?
*This Olio will take place in a member's Bed-Stuy apartment*
Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.