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2020 Eyes On Abolition Series

Join us for a three-part series of virtual events exploring abolition as a critical framework for change. Scholars, activists, and organizers will lead these community conversations about challenging systems and reimagining ways to achieve justice and liberation.

Eyes on Abolition Series | Fall 2020
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Ruth Wilson Gilmore



Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a professor, renowned activist, public scholar, and cofounder of many grassroots organizations including Critical Resistance. She is the author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, & Opposition in Globalizing.


Social Justice Solutions, A Community Activist Series is an annual forum for the community to engage in conversation and explore action-oriented strategies to affect social change. Our goal is to inspire informed community activism as a powerful tool to achieve social, racial, economic, and political justice.








 Monday, October 5th 












Derecka Purnell



Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer. She works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and trainings to community-based organizations through an abolitionist framework.





Amplify Your Voice is a community event for the community, students, social workers, and advocates for social justice to amplify our voices, challenge injustice, and fight for a society where all people — not just the privileged few — can not only survive but also thrive.






Friday, October 16th 












Presented by the UH Graduate College of Social Work and the Center for Social Policy





  • Lisa Sangoi, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Movement for Family Power (Opening Keynote)
  • Tymber Hudson, Youth Organizer
  • Joyce McMillan, Parent Advocate and Founder of PLAN (Parent Legislative Action Network)
  • Kimm Campbell, MSW, LCSW, Assistant County Commissioner, Broward County Human Services



The inaugural convening of the newly launched upEND Movement, will bring together organizers and thought leaders to strategize ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.  








Tuesday & Wednesday, October 20th and 21st