3rd Annual Symposium

Regroup & Restore: April 2nd–5th, 2024

The 3rd Annual Transformative Action & Abolition Symposium will focus on how we survive interacting with systems of oppression that we morally oppose, particularly violent ones that might put our personal or emotional health and safety at risk.

  • How do we recover from traumatic experiences in activism and direct action?
  • How can we cultivate ethical skills that promote longevity and sustainability in activism, mutual aid, etc. organizations?
  • How do you pivot, and re-evaluate your goals when you fail or get an unexpected outcome?

Schedule

Tuesday, April 2nd

Keynote Event A Conversation with Dr. Angela Davis

6:00–7:00 pm, Agnes Flanagan Chapel

This event is RSVP only, you will be required to show both an L&C ID and your confirmation email. This event will also be simulcast and will require an L&C email address for viewing. Doors open at 5:15 PM.

Do you have any questions you would like to submit to Dr. Angela Davis? Submit a question now for her to answer and address during the keynote event.

Submit a question: https://forms.gle/yBZmm4MuYALupG9E7

Get a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-angela-davis-tickets-868787836807

Zoom Live Stream Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99116558770

Moderated by Natalie Connelly L&C ’26


Wednesday, April 3rd

Postcards for Palestine

4:00–5:00 pm, Fowler 244

We will be hosting a Postcards for Palestine event, where we’ll be addressing them to both Oregon and federal representatives demanding that they call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, humanitarian aid for Gaza, and to halt funding towards the IDF. Writing utensils and templates will be provided.

Facilitated by Sam Peak ’27


Thursday, April 4th

Art for Social Change x PAC Open Studio

3:00-6:00 pm, L&C Community Counsel Center 4445 SW Barbur

Open Studio is a space for communal gathering and art making. In Open Studio there is an emphasis on the healing power of creative processes and their ability to guide, support, and connect us all. This event will provide a space for participants to explore topics related to the prison abolition movement through artistic expression and dialogue.

Please note that this event is located off-campus and that transportation needs both to and from the Center should be taken into consideration when planning to attend. The Pio does not go directly to this location, we recommend coordinating carpools, please email us or the program artforsocialchange@lclark.edu with any questions.

Student Presentations

5:00-6:00 pm, STAMM West

  • Cracks in the Concrete, Whispers Through the Walls: Anarchist Stories of Carceral Resistance Aneleise Baker L&C ’24
    • Cracks in the Concrete, Whispers Through the Walls” is a study of anarchist struggles against the carceral State, representing stories across space and time in order to construct a constellation of carceral resistance. Anarchists have long been uniquely targeted by State repression, but are frequently denied access to traditional models of prisoner support because of their political positionality. Between, across, and within the walls, anarchists have built autonomous networks of solidarity in the face of repression and isolation. The strategies of resistance articulated in these stories are of critical interest to anyone who shares the mutual pursuit of a future where we are liberated from authority.
  • Resistance Gardening: Cultivating Community Zoё Swanson L&C ’26.
    • How communal gardens build avenues for connection, care, and combat food insecurity.
  • Radio Free Alcatraz, Self-Determination & Abolition Anthi Sklavenitis L&C ’24
    • Looking at the contents of the archived 1969 Radio Free Alcatraz broadcasts created by the Indians of All Tribes, to see how it reveals an articulation of indigenous self-determination that is inextricable from prison abolition.
  • War Over Weapons: The Militarization of Police and Gun Control Legislation in the 1960s Molly Atkinson L&C ’24.
    • In Molly Atkinson’s thesis, they studied gun control and police militarization together to reveal the priority of state and federal governments to disenfranchise and disarm groups that challenge American structures of power, and to further strengthen law enforcement by imposing a militaristic presence in cities. 

 Moderated by Sam Peak ’27

IME x PAC Patch-Making Workshop

6:30–8:30 pm, IME Suite

This workshop will include a short presentation on the radical and community-building history of patch-making and provide supplies to paint and sew traditional black and white patches with denim. Feel free to bring your own supplies or clothes to sew patches onto!

Facilitated by Fellow Moratti ’26


Friday, April 5th

CSCCI x PAC Incarcerated Pen Pal Writing Workshop

4:00-5:30 pm, Fowler 244

This workshop will go over the rules and standards for writing incarcerated folk, and use resources from PDX abolitionist groups. The Center for Social Change and Community Involvement is helping to facilitate this workshop, to encourage participants to be as intentional as possible when connecting with incarcerated people, and navigating power differences. We want to emphasize how important it is to stay grounded in the humanity of having a pen pal in the face of the incredibly dehumanizing system of mass incarceration. Writing utensils and mailing requirements will be supplied.

Facilitated by Natalie Connelly ’26

Open Heart Open Minds Screening and Panel

6:00–7:30 pm, Council Chambers

View a screening of OHOM’s short film ‘In The Beginning’ followed by a panel of OHOM team members. ‘In The Beginning’ is a short fiction film that tells the story of a young man of color – newly released from US prison – who returns to society with the hope of beginning a new life. He discovers on his solitary journey that the world sees him only as his crime.

View the trailer for ‘In The Beginning’: https://vimeo.com/795331305?share=copy

Moderated by Natalie Connelly ’26


Speakers

Dr. Angela Davis

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary PhD program – and of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete?, and two books of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom, and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Her most recent books include a re-issue of Angela Davis: An Autobiography and Abolition. Feminism. Now., with co-authors Gina Dent, Erica Meiners and Beth Richie.

Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st-century abolitionist movement.

OHOM

OHOM stands for Open Hearts Open Minds — a mentality that we promote among everyone in our community, from staff and volunteers, to incarcerated members of our programs, and the public who attend our productions.

At any given time there are 22,000 people behind bars in Oregon. Most of them will be released at some point without having improved their social and emotional skills in order to re-enter society productively. We believe that change is possible and that our duty is to see men and women in Oregon’s carceral system as whole people who are experiencing trauma and are in need of support and community.

Our programs in prison promote healing and transformation through the process of making and sharing art, with each other and beyond prison walls. We offer productions that are open to the public and invite visitors to witness the innate creativity and complexity that lies within our program participants. Our hope is that we make visible the value that these individuals have, that they are more than their crime, and that returned citizens can be valuable members of our communities.

OHOM is a part of a larger movement promoting prison arts as a powerful tool to shift public perception and generate a sense of self-worth among incarcerated people. We welcome partnerships with other institutions, groups, and individuals who share in our vision.

Check out OHOM’s work: https://www.openheartsopenminds.org/


Art Show

Special Collections and Archives Exhibit—Zine Exhibit

FSU Office Fowler 249

Display in the FSU Office from April 1-7.
Curated by McKenna Jones ’24