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Lessons In Liberation: Grounding Education In Abolition (Virtual Launch Event)

September 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The background of this image is magenta and light purple, with a bright yellow and bright green circle. Across the top of the background, is written "Lessons in Liberation: Grounding Education in Abolition, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 4 PM PST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST". On top of the light-purple background is black text that says, "FEATURING Mariame Kaba, Project NIA; Chrissy A.Z. Hernandez, "Lessons in Liberation" Editorial Collective; Lisa Kelly, Oakland Unified School District; Edgar Ernesto Ibarra Gutierrez, MILPA. Brought to you by the Education for Liberation Network and Critical Resistance." Images of the 4 panelists are to the right of this text. Below these images is text that reads, "Moderated by Erica Meiners and Farima Pour-Khorshid" as well as the moderators' photos. There is black text in the green circle that reads: "Register at CART captions and ASL interpretation provided. Email for additional access needs."

Join us on alongside Education for Liberation Network and Critical Resistance in celebration of the release of Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators (forthcoming September 2021). This first webinar of the series will focus on grounding education in abolitionist praxis.

Click here to register.
All webinars will be streamed via YouTube and Facebook. ASL Interpretation will be provided by Certified Deaf Interpreters and Deaf Interpreters. We will also provide CART Captions. Please contact Sheeva (she or they) at for any additional accessibility needs or accessibility questions.

Grounding Education in Abolition will feature the following speakers and contributors:

– Chrissy A.Z. Hernandez—managing editor—is a writer, organizer, and educator from Salinas/Prunedale, California. A former teaching artist, Chrissy is now an assistant professor of service learning and social action at California State University, Monterey Bay.
– Edgar Ernesto Ibarra Gutierrez is a Xicano indigenous activist from Watsonville CA. He is the Program and Leadership Coordinator at MILPA. While experiencing the S2PP and incarceration, Edgar is now focused on ending mass incarceration and building community and people power through a healing and cultural lens.
– Lisa Kelly, an Afrolatina runner and rugby player from Sacramento, CA, is a 10 year teaching veteran. She is currently teaching at MetWest High School in the Oakland Unified School District. She teaches English and history from Abolitionist and Ethnic Studies perspectives and frameworks, while supporting students in pursuing their passions through community internships.
– Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, an abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration.

“The tools needed for liberation and freedom are in this book. Like all of us, if you are striving to be an abolitionist educator, this book is your guide. Lessons in Liberation pushes us to unlearn, to be vulnerable, and to find our humanity so we can enter classrooms ready to freedom dream, to dismantle, and build for collective struggle, liberation, and love.” —Bettina L. Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators offers entry points to build critical and intentional bridges between educational practice and the growing movement for abolition. Designed for educators, parents, and young people, this toolkit shines a light on innovative abolitionist projects, particularly in Pre-K–12 learning contexts.

The Education for Liberation Network & Critical Resistance Editorial Collective are a team of writers, educators, and thinkers from various backgrounds and social movements working toward abolition in our time.


Education for Liberation Network
Critical Resistance