Talk tackles the prison state and education system

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“Prison Abolition: Why Reform Is Not Enough” is the title of a talk scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica. The event features the Syracuse organization Unchained, which advocates to dismantle what it describes as “the carceral state.” It is led by husband-and-wife team Derek Singletary, a black man pursuing a college degree while incarcerated in the New York prison system, and Emily Napier Singletary, a white woman who has worked to dismantle systems of punishment for over 15 years as an organizer, advocate, researcher, and educator.

They describe their work as seeking to dismantle the prison state and “guarantee access to dynamic and culturally-relevant education. We invest in people locked up by police and locked out of schools to build power and chart a path toward liberation by making racial and economic justice a reality.”

The event is part of The Big Conversation, a series of talks honoring the late peace and justice activist Sunithi Bajekal at The Other Side, which is next to Cafe Domenico in Utica. 

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