Beyond the Bars Los Angeles: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Abolition
Beyond the Bars Los Angeles (BTB-LA) is a convening of system-impacted people, scholars, activists, educators, policymakers, and artists engaged in the international decarceration movement. Organized by BTB-LA Fellows — system-impacted people and community partners — in collaboration with university students and faculty. The conference brings together a diverse range of allies, artists, activists, advocates, and academics to engage in global initiatives aimed at ending incarceration.
Beyond the Bars has been running for the past 10 years at Columbia University’s Center for Justice and more recently, through the Prison Education Program at UCLA. Our mission is to make postsecondary education accessible to people who are currently incarcerated, and to bring UCLA faculty and students to learn alongside them, thereby challenging bias, discrimination, and injustice in a shared and collaborative learning experience.
The conference will be virtual and take place on January 15th, 2022.
The conference will be a way to re-energize, heal, learn, and play, whilst building community and developing visionary approaches to ending incarceration with diverse participants. BTB-LA 2021 is an opportunity to work together and share strategies in service of abolition and social liberation.