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THE PRISON ABOLITION INITIATIVE (PAI) ALIGNS THE FAR REACH OF TODAY'S ARTISTS WITH THE URGENCY AND SCALE OF AMERICA'S MASS INCARCERATION EPIDEMIC. THE INITIATIVE EXAMINES THE FUNDAMENTAL INEQUITY OF CASH BAIL, RACIAL DISPARITIES, AND LACK OF REENTRY SERVICES, AS WELL AS STRATEGIZING WAYS THAT ARTISTS AND OTHERS CAN BETTER " DISTURB THE PEACE." 

Our Team

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Rahsaan Thomas
Writer

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Emile DeWeaver
Advisor

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Samuel Brown
Advisor

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Demetrius Buckley
Writer

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Michael J. Moore
Writer

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Wesley Williams
Writer

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Richard Cabral
Executive Producer

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Madison O'Leary
Founder | Director

Who to support

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“All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up. Artists are here to disturb the peace.”                                   

                             - James Baldwin, The Harlem Ghetto

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Continuing the conversation

with Patrisse Cullors and others at the 2020 SXSW

A series set to expose the inhumanity of mass incarceration through intimate portraiture pieces of artists and activists behind bars

Bringing experts, activists, artists and like-minded organizations together to create a coalition of abolitionists

ACTION STEPS

Outreach and engagement

CONTACT PRISON ABOLITION INITIATIVE

617.831.3031

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