POSTPONED: BEYOND THE BARS CONFERENCE: Towards Freedom—Violence, Safety, and Abolition in 2021

March 18, 2021 6:30 pm - March 21, 2021 3:00 pm



Event Organizer

Beyond the Bars Organizing Team

About the Event

*In solidarity with graduate workers currently on strike, this year’s Beyond the Bars has been postponed until the strike is resolved.*

This year marks the 11th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, coming one year after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in which multiple crises have unfolded and the growth of social movements struggling for a more just and safe world have increased significantly. Given this, we hope to create deep and thoughtful conversations about the many forms of violence that our society has experienced; to surface and examine the ways in which movements are pushing for community and public safety in ways that do not reinforce the carceral state; and to explore why abolition has become so prevalent in conversations, strategies, and demands in the work of transforming approaches to justice and safety. In addition, we will take time to honor and celebrate the leadership of women impacted by incarceration, the leadership of Black women, and all that we have and can learn from their work. And we will spend time building and amplifying the work of grassroots organizing.

This year’s conference will be virtual and we are delighted to partner with Haymarket Books to bring the conference to you in this virtual world. This event will also be recorded and have live captioning and ASL interpretation. For speakers and schedule, please see the registration page.

Registration Instructions

Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to join the conference sessions a few days before the event. There is a ticket for each day of the conference. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be streamed on YouTube via our partners Haymarket Books. Sunday workshops will happen on Zoom. You will be sent links for each day you register for.

The Beyond the Bars Organizing Team is led by the the Center for Justice at Columbia University, the Criminal Justice Caucus at Columbia School of Social Work, and the Beyond the Bars Fellows.