Bend the Bars is a day-and-a-half long conference about strategies and tactics for supporting the prisoner movement and the struggle for a world without prisons.
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Friday August 23

Gather at 5:00pm
at Red Cedar Friends Meeting House, 1400 Turner Rd., Lansing, MI 48906

6-7pm Opening and Dinner

7-9pm Session 1
The National Prison Strikes and the Abolitionist Movement
with Ben Turk and Amani Sawari


Saturday August 24

8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast

10am-12:00pm Session 2 (Two simultaneous workshops)
Prisoner Resistance and Counter-Insurgency
with Dennis Boatwright, Ray Noll, and Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Abolition Across Movements / No New Jails
with Liat Ben-Moshe and Fight Toxic Prisons

12 – 1:30pm Lunch and Caucus meetings:
– Abolitionist media making caucus
– Family members of incarcerated people caucus

1:30 – 3:30pm Session 3 (Two simultaneous workshops)
Fighting Immigrant Detention Centers
with Little Village Solidarity Network

Inside-Outside Solidarity: Prisoner Newsletters in Michigan
with Willis X (Michigan Lifers Report) and DJ (The Opening Statement)

3:30 – 4pm Break

4 – 6pm Closing Session
Abolitionist Horizons
with former or currently incarcerated people including Harold Hadley, Rand Gould and Angaza Iman Bahar

6pm – on: Dinner and hang out