ROOTS Weekend-Richmond

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond – April 20-23, 2017 – is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUSART 180, and RIHD, we take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex – the largest system of incarceration in the world. ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past.

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond brings together artists, cultural workers, formerly incarcerated people and their families, law enforcement, criminal justice workers, faith communities, reformers, and abolitionists, to engage in deep dialogue, make art together, and learn from one another. Exploring the prison system broadly – from its roots in colonization and slavery, to its impact on communities of color, low income communities, young people, LGBTQ folks, and immigrants – we share strategies that bring about its end while building strength, health, and safety in communities most impacted by incarceration.


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