ABOLITION NOW! Opening Reception

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ABOLITION NOW! Opening Reception

June 21, 2019 - August 30, 2019

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Kamal Badhey and Karla Robinson | MyLoan Dinh | Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Gralin Hughes | Lacey Johnson | Justine Lai | William Wallace
Russell Craig | Juntos | People’s Paper Co-op | Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project

Opening Reception – June 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

Come celebrate the opening of ABOLITION NOW! Artists will be in attendance and the evening will also include palm and tarot card readings by Shizu Homma and Victoria Wickler.

How do policing, prisons, and detention affect marginalized communities? What is restorative and transformative justice in practice? What does an abolitionist future look like, and how do we get there?
What are the stakes for Asian Americans in abolition? Japanese American internment, racial profiling of Muslim people, and deportations of Southeast Asian immigrants are just a few of the ways that Asian American communities are subjugated by the prison industrial complex. Abolition asks us to imagine a world without policing, prisons, and other forms of state-sponsored violence against black and brown communities. On an interpersonal level, abolition asks us to rethink the ways that we address harm in intimate and societal relationships.

ABOLITION NOW! is on view at Asian Arts Initiative June 21 – August 30, 2019 | Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Asian Arts Initiative is designed as a mobility accessible facility, with access to all public floors and spaces, and seating accommodations for programmed events. Both non-gendered and individually isolating restrooms are available on each floor, all equipped with changing stations.


June 21, 2019
August 30, 2019
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Philadelphia, PA United States
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