Please join the University of Montana's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for our Student Week Against Mass Incarceration (SWAMI). This year's theme is "Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era." This weeklong event kicks off Tues, Feb. 28th at 6:30pm!
*This event is free and open to everyone. We hope to see you there!
All events are located at the law school at 32 Campus Drive, near the gym.
Tuesday, Rm 101, 6:30pm
Introduction; Keynote - Immigration Under Trump
The University of Montana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will provide an introduction to the prison industrial complex followed by the Keynote address and talk on immigration by National Lawyers Guild immigration and criminal defense attorney Gabriela Lopez of the Community Law Office in Oakland, CA.
Wednesday afternoon, Rm 201, Noon - 1pm
Personal Perspectives on Incarceration
Brian Dugan will provide insight and perspective on his personal experience as someone who was formerly incarcerated in Montana.
Wednesday evening, Rm 101, 6:30pm
“One Nation, Under Siege: Abolitionist Reflections at the Nexus of Vigilante & Structural Violence”
Kay Whitlock, a longtime activist, writer and organizer, takes a look at the intimate, mutually reinforcing relationship between vigilante (hate) violence and structural violence through notions of supremacy and erasure. Both disproportionately harm Black, Latinx, Indigenous, disabled, queer, transgender/gender nonconforming, and poor communities. How do we confront this without expanding police power?
Thursday afternoon, Rm 201, Noon - 1pm
Political Prisoner Support Workshop
Amanda Schemkes is a grassroots organizer and lawyer who provides support for political prisoners. Her workshop will discuss breaking down mass incarceration into individuals and their stories—and reaching through the walls of prison to form genuine bonds of solidarity that challenge the existence of the prison industrial complex.
Thursday evening, Rm 101, 6:30pm
American Indian Incarceration in Montana
Michaelynn Hawk is currently the Executive Direction of Indian People’s Action and is a long time organizer focusing on health care, voting rights, environmental and policing. Her talk will discuss an alarming trend in Montana’s prison population - the disproportionate incarceration of American Indians- and how she is working to address it through the use of official reporting on race.