Prison Abolition Committee Meeting

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We hope to see you at our next committee meeting on Monday. Please join us to discuss our DA endorsement process, hear a presentation from ReformLAJails, discuss what went down at the National Convention, start our prison penpal writing through Black and Pink, and much more. We need volunteers to facilitate, take notes and keep stack. Your help will be hugely appreciated.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, August 19, 7pm
Cafe Mak (table in the back)
612 Shatto Pl.
Koreatown, CA 90005
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Here is a draft our our agenda. If you would like to add something, reply to this email.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENT CHECKLIST
In preparation for our discussion on the district attorney endorsement process, please fill out this survey (it should only take a couple of minutes). We are asking your opinion on a number of potential litmus test items, and asking for your suggestions.

On Thursday, we teamed up with the Electoral Politics committee to host a meet & greet with Franklin Bynum of DSA-Houston, a prison abolitionist and recently elected Judge for Harris County. He gave us valuable insight into the power of judges and district attorneys to upend the criminal legal system from the inside. He has generously offered to assist us in shaping our endorsement process and other strategies.

BLACK AND PINK PRISON PENPAL LETTER WRITING
As we discussed in the last meeting, we plan devote the last 15-20 minutes of our meeting time to writing to penpals through Black and Pink, an organization that helps incarcerated queer and trans folks connect with penpals on the outside. If you have not yet chosen a penpal, the process is quick. Here are the sign-up instructions. We will provide paper, pens, envelopes and stamps for those who want to mail physical letters. E-mail is also an option. If you would like to choose an incarcerated penpal through another organization, that is fine too.

NEWS UPDATES & CURRENT EVENTS
We will open up part of the meeting time for people to bring up news, stories or legislative updates relevant to the criminal legal system and abolition. Below are some recent headlines. If you've read anything interesting lately, let's share and discuss!

See you Monday!

Solidarity Forever,
Miguel and Jordan,
Interim Co-Chairs
DSA-LA Prison Abolition Committee

"It's time for a jailbreak of the imagination
in order to make the impossible possible."
— Mariame Kaba
  • August 19, 2019 at 7pm to 9pm
  • Cafe Mak
    612 Shatto Pl
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    United States
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  • Prison Abolition Committee
  • 5 people are going

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