Saturday, May 26th
On our final weekend, the conversation at Bring Down The Walls turns toward the future, inviting participants to imagine a society without prisons or jails. We will propose visionary ways of evolving beyond punitive injustice, and consider the most forward thinking approaches to achieving real change.
Bring Down The Walls is an organically evolving communal space. Times may shift and programs added throughout the run of the project. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date schedule. List of times and speakers for this week coming soon.
School Is In Session
Welcome to the final day of Bring Down The Walls! Join us as we introduce the framework and themes for the day’s conversations, exchanges, and debates, and look back on the highlights of the past four weeks.
A Post-Prison Society
2:30 – 4:00 PM / Big Room
Danielle Sered, Cory Greene
This panel examines alternatives to punishment that result in deeper and more far-reaching impacts than putting people away. Using restorative justice and human justice approaches, speakers will address ways to respond to harm that lead to healing at the individual, interpersonal, community and systemic level.
Danielle Sered serves as Executive Director of Common Justice, where she develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed, and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.
Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated co-founder and Healing Justice Organizer with H.O.L.L.A (How Our Lives link Altogether). Cory is currently invested in developing and supporting the development of an-inter-generational youth led city wide Healing Justice Movement.
Rikers Debate Project: Face Off
2:30 – 4:00 PM / Small Room
The Rikers Debate Project Fellows take on the most pressing issues in the field of criminal justice advocacy, such as voting rights, the “raise the age” campaign, solitary confinement, and bail reform.
The Rikers Debate Project is dedicated to teaching people at Rikers Island the skills of competitive debate.
Behind the Music
4:15 – 5:45 PM / Big Room
Phil Collins & Collaborators
Hear the classic house covers from the Bring Down The Walls benefit album, and the story behind the project from the artist and his collaborators.
Nobody’s Business: Ending the Cash Bail $y$tem
4:15 – 5:15 PM / Small Room
Bronx Freedom Fund
Close to half a million people are in jail today awaiting trial, many of them incarcerated because they are too poor to afford cash bail. The time has come to abolish this system that currently criminalizes poverty. What would the end of cash bail look like and what can we do to get there?
Bronx Freedom Fund is a nonprofit with a revolving fund to pay bail for people accused of misdemeanors. They aim to keep people in their communities while they await trial – and to fight for a system that no longer criminalizes poverty.
Rules of Engagement: Working With the State?
6:00 – 7:30 PM / Big Room
Alex Anthony, Jewel Cadet, Jay Borchert
This panel explores different positions on if, when and how – as a radical abolitionist – one can work with law enforcement, the judicial system, and politicians. What does engagement with representatives of the system look like and can it serve as a vehicle for generating a radical future?
Alex Anthony is Director of Queens Operations at Bronx Freedom Fund. As a Bail Disruptor, she pays bail and provides pretrial support. Alex works to push for an end to the criminalization of race and poverty through advocacy and direct-action campaigns.
Jewel Cadet is the NYC chapter co-chair of BYP100, a national member-based organization of 18-35 year old activists and organizers creating freedom and justice for all Black people through a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens.
Jay Borchert is a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a public sociologist and public criminologist whose research and advocacy focus on prisons, prisoners, prison staff, conditions of confinement, and the law as subjects of intense social negotiation and conflict.
Break 4 Love: Remembering House
6:45 – 7:30 PM / Small Room
House music is more than just a genre. Many house fans discover a rare and unique community amongst their fellow music lovers which runs deeper than most family bloodlines. In this conversation, engage in reflection on what it means to create and maintain family within this close-knit community.
Dr. Micah Salkind is a DJ, sound designer and cultural historian interested in queer histories of technology and the social impacts of Afro-diasporic cultural production on local, national, and transnational economies.
BYP 100 Closed Session
7:45 – 8:45 PM / Small Room
Jewel Cadet, Arissa Hall
This workshop is a closed session for Black-identified participants, and hosted by BYP 100, a national, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers. Dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people, BYP100 building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens.
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