A Matter of Liberation: a lecture by James King Moderated by Emile DeWeaver
Thursday, October 15 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Online - Online
Join writer and organizer James King as he discusses decarceration and creating alternatives to incarceration through investing in under-resourced communities. Following his lecture, he will be in conversation with Prison Renaissance co-founder Emile DeWeaver.
This event is co-sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation and presented in conjunction with the exhibition, A Matter of Liberation: Artwork from Prison Renaissance, on view at the Thacher Gallery through Nov. 6.
About the speakers:
James King is a writer and organizer around social justice for the incarcerated. He works as the State Campaigner for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Prior to joining the organization, King worked to build recognition of the value of people who are being held in carceral spaces.
James has written numerous op-eds, and advocacy pieces that give a first person perspective of the true impact of mass criminalization and living within the prison industrial complex. As an organizer, he founded a think tank of incarcerated people who were passionate about criminal justice policy. His current policy interests include decarceration and improving the living conditions for incarcerated people, with the ultimate goal of creating alternatives to incarceration based upon investing in under-resourced communities.
Upon returning to society in December, 2019, James co-wrote and presented a TEDx Talk called “From Proximity to Power,” at California Polytechnic State University that advocated for recognizing the value and expertise of people who come from marginalized communities.
Emile DeWeaver is a black community organizer, literary writer, and journalist who co-founded Prison Renaissance while serving a 67 years to life sentence in prison. He participated in the passage of Senate Bills 260, 261, and Proposition 57. His personal essays have been published in Rumpus and Seventh Wave, and his op-eds have been published in the Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle. His sentence was commuted by Gov. Jerry Brown in December 2017 for his community service.