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Abolition Beyond Borders Collective: Racial Capitalism | Crisis | Abolition

International Movement Conference

Structural violence occurs in different forms, in different places, and by different actors: In the form of batons and tear gas, racial profiling and camera surveillance, incarceration and exclusion, deportation and drowning, sexual assault and feminicide, exploitation and debt, wars and trade agreements, environmental racism and ecological destruction. Resistance to these varieties of organized abandonment takes just as many forms: Black Lives Matter rebellions, anti-colonial struggles, feminist movements, wildcat strikes, refugee and migrant organizing, prisoner's unions, anti-repression groups, mutual aid collectives, struggles against exploitation and oppression, disability justice initiatives, and the planetary climate movement oppose state forms of violence. They all try – often with reference to concrete practices in the here and now – to live and defend a world beyond exploitation and oppression. At least since the global uprisings of 2020, all these struggles have assembled behind the same flag: abolition.

This international activist conference serves to exchange and connect all those who struggle against police violence and imprisonment, borders and deportation, patriarchal violence and ecological destruction, exploitation and the increasing production of people as "surplus” -, in short, racial capitalism. Our conference aims to further anchor the analysis and critique of racial capitalism and its various facets, specificities, and global articulations in the German context and to strengthen productive conversations and solidarities between local movements and global struggles for other worlds.

With Hakima Abbas, Verónica Gago, Harsha Walia, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and the abolitionist multitude from Germany. The Abolition Beyond Borders Collective are: Daniel Loick (Amsterdam/Frankfurt am Main), Vanessa E. Thompson (Kingston / Bern), Veronika Zablotsky (Berlin)

Possible triggers: The conference is about state and structural forms of violence that are connected to e.g. racism, sexism, abelism, queerphobia. Detailled info on accessibility and possible triggers can be found in the individual events soon.

Exhibition: Copwatch Hamburg: Gefährliche Orte [Piazza]