Walidah Imarisha Free Presentation: “Alternatives to Incarceration”

Walidah Imarisha
Writer, organizer, educator and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha will give a free presentation titled “Alternatives to Incarceration” Thursday, May 5 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College’s Forum lecture hall, room F-104.

The presentation will address questions on the role prisons serve in our country, the possibility of envisioning a world where people are safe and where there is accountability without prisons, and whether our prison system actually causes rather than reduces crime.

Imarisha has taught at Portland State University, Oregon State University and Southern New Hampshire University. She serves as a public scholar with the Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, facilitating programs across the state on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration and the history of hip hop.

Imarisha is co-editor of the books Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements and Another World is Possible, and is the author of the poetry book “Scars/Stars” and co-founder and editor of the political hip hop publication AWOL Magazine. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, The Quotable Rebel, Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, Joe Strummer: Punk Rock Warlord, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Art.

Imarisha co-founded the “Human Rights Coalition,” a Pennsylvania organization led by prisoners’ families and former prisoners. She also directed the 2005 Katrina documentary “Finding Common Ground” in New Orleans.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the LBCC Poetry Club, LBCC English Department, LBCC Benton Center, Valley Writers Foundation Fund, LBCC Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and LBCC Diversity Achievement Center.

For more information, contact Robin Havenick, LBCC English faculty at 541-917-4574.  For special accommodations, contact the LBCC Center for Accessibility Resources at 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

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