Imagine Abolition Episode 2: Shutting Down Jails and Building Up Movements - Black Lives Matter
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Imagine Abolition Episode 2: Shutting Down Jails and Building Up Movements

For the last 100 years, the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles has been run without independent civilian oversight. Learn the history of Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA and their historic community organizing to successfully gain an oversight committee. Hear the story about their blocking a 4 million dollar mental health jail from being built, and their moving Jail Bed Art public action.

See what it means for Black people to combat the impacts of a prison industrial complex designed to steal our dreams. Through organizing, we are rebuilding and reimagining a world where white supremacy and historically anti-Black systems no longer exist. A world where Black people have the necessary resources to thrive and push the boundaries on truly living. A world where Black Lives Matter. To make this world a reality, we need to abolish the prison industrial complex and tackle the systems built to tear down Black families. This is necessary for the future of our Black children and their children and of ongoing generations to come.

We hear from Helen Jones, mother of John Horton, Patrisse Cullors, Marc Anthony, Lex Steppling, Mark De La Rosa, Melina Abdullah, and Thandiwe Abdullah.

The work continues…

This video is part 2 of 3 in the series, Imagining Abolition

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Produced by Peoples TV

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