Virtual Event! Exiled to Motown Solidarity Panel

September 21 2021 | 6:00pm to 7:30pm

How have different communities sought  to heal from the punitive histories of the United States? How does storytelling allow us to collectively envision realities beyond the carceral state? From the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II to migrant detention and the prison industrial complex, this panel will  explore how our communities engage in healing justice around the collective memory  of traumatic events to come to a place where we value abolition. 

We will start with a brief intro about the Exiled to Motown exhibition and follow with a discussion led by collaborating organizations/organizers around how different communities use collective memory as a modality of healing to push for an abolitionist future and (time permitting) end with a tutorial, demonstrating how to fold paper cranes as a symbol of solidarity. 

Participants will leave with a greater understanding of Japanese American incarceration and how Japanese Americans created community in Detroit, the work of incredible organizations working with diverse communities today to make an abolitionist future possible, and the knowledge of a traditional Japanese cultural art form that has been used as a symbol of peace and solidarity for generations.

Featuring: Branden Snyder, Co-Executive Director, Detroit Action, Laura Misumi, Executive Director, Rising Voices, and Rebeca Maxon, doctoral student University of Michigan.


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