Greetings! It’s less than one month ’till FTP brings the ruckus for prison abolition and environmental justice to the streets of Gainesville, Florida.
Find all the basic info about the locale, registering, donating, food, childcare, etc, here. (Note: registration page is now also available in Spanish and language interpretation will be available.)
Remember that June 11, International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Eco/Anarchist Prisoners is also this week.
[All at the Gator Wesley space, 1380 W University Ave.]
NOTE: The weekend schedule is intended to maximize small group interactions and personal connections, as well as expose the whole group to a wide range of concepts and perspectives.
We have diverged from the panel-focused schedule of previous years, which succeeded in relaying much important information and experiences, but did not leave as much time/energy for deeper personal connections. We hope this format will break down some barriers between presenters and participants and lend towards more effective, action-oriented movement building.
All that said, we also encourage participants to also take breaks as needed and spend down time from coordinated activities, to avoid information overload and fatigue.
10:00- 10:30 AM Activist Speed Dating (an ice-breaker activity)
10:30 – 11:15am Opening Plenary “Who are we, What are we doing here” Intro to Gainesville, Florida and FTP (featuring: local/regional organizers and members of FTPs national coordinating team)
11:30 – 1:00pm Break-out sessions and full-group report backs. (At registration, people will be asked to choose their primary break out group of interest. Each will be facilitated/guided by experienced activists and experts on the topics)
1. Ecosystem Approaches to Abolition: How Policing, Surveillance and Incarceration Harm the Natural Environment
2. Decriminalizing Domestic Violence
1:00 – 2pm Lunch with Prisoners (prisoner call-ins)
2pm – 3:30pm Facing Race: A Breakout Session with the 3 following groups
Men of Color/ Non-binary Breakout Group
Women of Color/ Non-binary Breakout Group
3:45pm – 5:15pm
1. Prisoner Solidarity During Disasters
2. Queer prisoner experiences (with Black and Pink)
3. The Farm to Prison Pipeline? Looking at the USDA’s Prison Building Program and UF/IFAS’ use of prison slavery in agricultural research
Roundtable on Building Cross-Movement Solidarity
(Come prepared to represent your org, region or project. Individuals get 2-3 mins, clusters of 3 or more get 5-7 mins for opening go-around.)
5:15pm – 6pm Building Cross-Movement Solidarity
6pm – 7:30pm Dinner with Mumia Abu Jamal, and others TBA
8 – 10pm FTP Variety Show Open Mike! (song, story, stand-up, roast, poem, magic trick, dance, acrobatics… let’s see what you got! 3 – 7 mins each)
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
10am – 11:15am Morning plenary
Carbon, Cops and Cages: the Strategic Value of Abolitionist Demands
11:30am – 1:00pm Breakout sessions and report back to full group
4:00pm – 5:30pm National Prison Strike Solidarity Roundtable
(Reportbacks from prison strike support in recent years and next steps for growing resistance to prison slavery. Come prepared to share lessons from local efforts around the country and internationally.)
5:30 – 6:30pm Free time / action prep / relocate to MLK Center, 1028 Northeast 14th Street
6:30pm gather at MLK Center, snacks and drinks, capoeira demonstration
7:00pm Free Community Dinner at MLK Center
7:30pm “Ona Move!” Honoring Father’s Day and Juneteenth, an evening with former political prisoners of the MOVE Organization and their family
(Opening comments from local organizer Jhody Polk of the Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative, and others)
MONDAY, JUNE 17
10am Father’s Day / Juneteenth #FreeThePeople Rally and Bailout at Alachua County Jail
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