Coronavirus has exacerbated the consequences of a decade of austerity, decimating infrastructures of social care, housing and public health in the UK, pushing those already unable to access resources further into the margins.
Join us for a live-streamed conversation about how Coronavirus has impacted sex workers and prisoners, and how the logics of the carceral state continue to criminalise their survival. This is the third online event in Autograph’s series exploring human rights in light of Covid-19 – and what this means for civil liberties now and in the future. Our focus will primarily be on the UK.
The conversation will be hosted by Lola Olufemi, writer, organiser and author of Feminism Interrupted (Pluto Press 2020) and panellists Elio Beale, grassroots organiser with SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement) and Bent Bars; Kelsey, activist and grassroots organiser with Cradle Community and CAPE (Community Action on Prison Expansion); Dr Aviah Sarah Day, lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck University and grassroots activist with Sisters Uncut.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer, organiser and Stuart Hall Foundation scholar from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination, its relationship to political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020) and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.
Elio Beale is a grassroots organiser with SWARM and Bent Bars, and project co-ordinator for Decriminalised Futures, a collaborative project using creative tools and popular education to explore sex worker lives, experiences and movement struggles. Elsewhere they organise, work and research around abolition, health, popular education, creative interventions for movement building, and queer and trans liberation.
Dr Aviah Sarah Day is a Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London as well as an activist in the East End chapter of Sisters Uncut. Sisters Uncut is a national direct-action collective fighting cuts to domestic violence services as well as state violence.
Kelsey is an organiser and educator with CAPE and Cradle Community, grassroots abolitionist groups. CAPE is part of a network of local campaigns resisting prison expansion in the UK and Cradle is a collective focused on transformative justice and community accountability, supporting our communities to build the skills we need to support each other.
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