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.

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.

Watch the Recording:

ASL Interpreters Recording: 

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 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.
  • 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.

Moderated by Caroline Arnis ’25