Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
Prison abolition is often described as an ideal rather than a practical reality, but this is a false dichotomy that undermines arguments for both vision and praxis as important and mutually reinforcing elements of abolitionism. How do we challenge the notion that prisons, policing, surveillance and other systems of state violence are inevitable or common sense? How do we educate and organize people around abolition? What models exist that offer us a path forward as we imagine and work toward abolition while we attend to the needs of people that have experienced harm, including the people that have harmed? These are just some of the questions that will be raised and discussed in this session.
Kim Wilson, Ph.D. is the co-host of Beyond Prisons, a podcast on incarceration and prison abolition that centers people directly impacted by the system. Kim holds a doctorate in philosophy in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, a Master’s in Education in Adult and Organizational Development, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Kim is an organizer and activist, who currently works with several groups on issues of transformative justice, public art, and political education in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Kim was a college professor in Philadelphia. She taught courses in the humanities, and in education for nearly twenty years at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has extensive experience in administration, faculty development, assessment, pedagogy, student advising and mentoring, and program development. Since leaving academia, Kim has started a food service business in Los Angeles that caters and provides craft services for commercials and music videos.
In addition, Kim is an artist whose work has been shown in galleries in Philadelphia, New York, and California, and other venues, but she derives the most satisfaction from conducting art workshops that focus on the intersections of self-care, art, and resistance.
A self-described unapologetic abolitionist, she speaks, writes, and facilitates workshops on prison abolition (and many other topics). Kim is the mother of three adult children, two of whom are currently sentenced to life in prison. While her lived experiences have refined her thinking about prisons, it was her experience in grad school that led her to abolition. You can find her on Twitter @Phillyprof03 and on Instagram @KimWilsonArt, and you can listen to the podcast on iTunes or link directly from: https://shadowproof.com/beyond-prisons/