Friday, September 18, 7 pm eastern

Maya Schenwar and I will be joined by Stacey Thompson to discuss the pitfalls of popularly-proposed alternatives to incarceration with Firestorm Books, Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross, and the Steady Collective.

You can register here:

Thursday, September 24th, 4pm

Protesting Police Worldwide: American Policing, Mass Incarceration, Empire, and Mapping the Possibilities of International Solidarity

The uprising against racist police violence in the United States has ignited protests around the world—everywhere from London to Seoul, to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and Palestine. This international mobilization seems to be about more than solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement. It’s also about protesting against police brutality in each respective country, colonialism and white supremacy worldwide, and the ever expansive carceral systems that are modelled after US policies.

From Colonialism, to the Cold War, to the War on Drugs, to the War on Terror the crisis of policing and incarceration in the United States cannot be decoupled from protecting US imperial interests across the world.  What exchanges are there between US policing strategies and technology and policing strategies and technology in other countries? What role does the US government have in developing police and prisons abroad? Are there movements like Black Lives Matter in other countries? What connections have been or can be made between social movements here and across the world?

Join us for a discussion on these questions and more as we look at Black Lives Matter and the defund the police uprisings through an international lens.

The event will be streamed live from BPL’s YouTube channel and on this page. Please register and sign up to receive news about other BPL virtual programming

Confirmed Panelists:

Stuart Schrader is the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship and a Lecturer in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, published by University of California Press in 2019. He has also recently published articles in The Washington PostThe NationThe Guardian, and Artforum.

Dr. Baz Dreisinger is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Executive Director of the Incarceration Nations Network (INN)–a global network and think tank tackling mass incarceration worldwide–and founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students in the US and South Africa. Prof. Dreisinger, a Global Fulbright Scholar and current Fulbright Specialist Scholar, also writes for such publications as The New York Times, produces radio segments for NPR, directs documentaries and is the author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World and Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture.

Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press 2009), and co-author of the forthcoming Prison By Any Other Name (New Press 2020). She frequently writes about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance. 

Tuesday, Sept 29, 4:30-6 pm

Tuesday, Sept 29, 7 to 8:30 pm

Study & Struggle 2: Abolition, Intersectionality & Care

Join Dean Spade, Andrea Ritchie, Pauline Rogers and me for a conversation about what it means for abolition to be intersectional and how abolition demands a reimagination of what it means to be in community and to care for one another.

Audio and video clips from previous events:

Asians For Abolition

Tuesday, August 11. 2020 (virtual via Haymarket Books)

If you missed it, you can watch on Haymarket’s website



With Historic Release of Drug Offenders & Help for Reentry, US Takes “First Step” on Prison Crisis

Watch me on Democracy Now! talking about historic release of 6,000 federal drug war prisoners–and the impending deportation facing one-third:


Conversations in Black Freedom Studies at the Schomburg Center

If you missed the discussion between Dan Berger (author of Captive Nation), Bryan Stevenson (founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative) and me about race, the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and resistance as part of the Black Freedom Studies at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center, you can see it here:


Prisoners and Formerly Incarcerated Persons v the USA

How can those of us outside support the struggle of those of us inside? From Troy Davis to Mumia Abu-Jamal and Bradley Manning, from the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers to the Georgia Prison Strike and the Formerly Incarcerated Persons (FIPs), anti-capitalist leadership has come from inside the Prisonhouse of nations, and from the families campaigning outside. Many rebellious young people and movement points of reference are locked up in what are in effect concentration camps. We want them back! We need them back!
Panelists: Eric Gjertsen, Frances Goldin, Theresa Shoatz, Rev. Edward Pinkney and Victoria Law
Moderated by Selma James
At the 2012 Left Forum which, once again, refused to address childcare issues.