Saturday, 21 November
— AFTERNOON 15:00-16:30 CET — “Police-prison everywhere, justice nowhere!” The police-prison nexus and radical social-ecological transformation.
Police and prison are population and labour force management tools whose primary social function is to maintain social hierarchies and enforce exploitative social relations. As such, the police-prison nexus is instrumental to capitalism and is an obstacle towards a radical social-ecological transformation. This panel discussion will gather critical prisons and police activists and experts to discuss the social role of the police-prison nexus, how it may prevent any progressive and radical social-ecological transformation as well as possible alternatives.
Serge and Floréal are anti-prisons activists from Paris, France.
Angelika Adensamer is a lawyer and criminologist from Vienna who specializes on police, police violence, surveillance and the right to demonstrate and has published extensively on these topics. Angelika is also a co-founder of LINKS and was one of the party’s three chief candidates for the 2020 municipal elections in Vienna.
Hawzhin Azeez is a Kurdish academic, poet and activist working as an adjunct professor at the Center for Gender and Development Studies at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. Hawzhin worked and lived three years in Rojava and wrote numerous pieces about it, including on the abolition of police.
Louison Cahen-Fourot is a post-doc researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economics at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. As a student, Louison has been a member of Génépi and co-facilitated an English workshop at a women’s prison for a year. He also took part in the Strategies for Degrowth conference as co-coordinator of the Money&Finance track.
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