A Note from Nikkita and Danielle Upon Cancellation:
We hope you are finding what you need in this time.
We were scheduled to be together with you this Thursday at Town Hall, but as we looked at the country and at Seattle in this moment, we just could not see a way to make this work that would not pull us from where we are most urgently needed in this moment—advocating in our communities.
So instead we are inviting you to join us there. Join us at the vigil for Charleena Lyles, who was killed in her home in Seattle in front of her children three years ago this Thursday, and whose memory we honor with our continued love and struggle for justice in her and so many others’ names. The vigil is Thursday June, 18 from 6-9 PM at Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA.
Join us as we imagine new ways of keeping ourselves safe without prisons or police and as we uplift and grow the ways we have long known and relied on to do so.
Join us as we draw more and more people in to this movement, as we gather our friends and loved ones who have not until now thought these were their issues—or have not believed we could win—and who are ready today to stand with us.
Join us as we continue to root ourselves in the lessons, labor, and love of our elders as we turn to the young people leading our movements today who are daring to imagine more than we ever could and who are right that more is possible than we ever knew.
Join us as we build a new future out of a broken past; as we insist on never reverting to the way things were; as we grieve so that we can imagine and imagine so that we can grieve.
We would say we are sorry to miss being with you tonight, but instead let us say: we look forward to seeing you tonight where we most need to be together. To support the Lyles family, please consider a donation to Forced Trajectory.
With steadfast hope,
Nikkita Oliver & Danielle Sered
Although over half the people incarcerated in America today have committed violent offenses, the focus of reformers has been almost entirely on nonviolent and drug offenses. Danielle Sered takes aim at issues of mass incarceration, insisting that we cannot just critique violence and mass incarceration, but must build practical, moral solutions to displace them. She joins us for a livestream, drawing from her book Until We Reckon to grapple with the question of restorative approaches to violent crime in conversation with No New Youth Jail organizer Nikkita Oliver.
Together Sered and Oliver explore whether the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make amends in ways that are meaningful to those they have hurt—none of which happens in the context of a criminal trial or a prison sentence. Sered argues that a reckoning is owed not only on the part of those who have committed violence, but also by our nation’s overreliance on incarceration to produce safety—at great cost to communities, survivors, racial equity, and the very fabric of our democracy. Join Sered and Oliver as they ask us to fundamentally reconsider the purposes of incarceration.
Danielle Sered leads the award-winning Brooklyn-based Common Justice, which develops and advances solutions to violence that meet the needs of those harmed and advance racial equity without relying on incarceration. Sered also served as the deputy director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island.
Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing. Her writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, The Seattle TImes, and others. Oliver organizes with No New Youth Jail and the Seattle Peoples Party.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.