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Ruth Wilson Gilmore & Mariame Kaba in Conversation

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Published on 02 Jan 2022 / In Non-profits & Activism

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a leader in the movement to abolish prisons, which has taken on new resonance amidst current protests for racial justice and calls to “defund the police.” According to a New York Times feature on her work, “Abolition means not just the closing of prisons but the presence, instead, of vital systems of support that many communities lack,” such as education, housing, and health care. Gilmore, a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The Graduate Center and author of the influential book Golden Gulag, discusses her vision not only to end mass incarceration but to transform the structure of society. She speaks with organizer Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA and author of a recent New York Times op-ed, “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish Police.”

Presented with the Center for the Study of Women and Society.

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