On September 9, members of the Wake Forest community participated in Scholar Strike for Racial Justice to host a teach-in on prison abolition and racial justice throughout Winston-Salem.
A two-day action plan, Scholar Strike called on participating professors and campuses across the United States to step away from their normal academic and administrative duties, and instead stage teach-ins on racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-racism, and cultural proficiency. The nation-wide strike and teach-in came to fruition just two weeks prior, following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wis.
The event facilitated by Wake Forest faculty was focused on introducing participants to the realities of mass incarceration and racial injustice in Winston-Salem, N.C. Several community abolitionist initiatives were highlighted, along with opportunities for participants to get involved, throughout the teach-in:
- Triad Abolition Project
- Siembra NC
- Forsyth County Community Bail Fund
- Housing Justice Now
- Forsyth Court Support
- Brake Light Clinics with DSA
- Prisoner Outreach Initiative
The teach-in can be watched in full on YouTube.
Additional lectures, discussions, teach-ins, and live panels can be found on the Scholar Strike YouTube channel, or by following along on social media with the hashtag #ScholarStrike.
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