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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SERIES: Against Doom TV: Abolitionism and Electoral Politics

October 22, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Against Doom TV: Abolitionism and Electoral Politics

In collaboration with Old Stone House and Washington Park

Co-hosted by Amy Khoshbin, Pratt’s Civic Engagement Fellow and artist Macon Reed with City Council Candidate Whitney Hu, Abolitionist Organizers Derecka Purnell, Sophia Gurule, and Mon Mohapatra

Against Doom TV is an interactive variety show bringing together artists, organizers, and candidates to make dismantling harmful systems and imagining the future we want to live in more fun and radical together. Flipping the script on the drudgery of online platforms and passive TV watching, artists Amy Khoshbin and Macon Reed use collaborative installation and performative practices, and tap into the history of artists using the absurd and play to fight oppressive forces. We envision the future together and make it our reality.

In this episode, we tackle abolitionism and electoral politics as harm reduction. What does abolitionism mean? How can we use art, direct action, and policymaking to create a world without prisons, punishment, and other forms of control? And how do we use abolitionist artmaking and direct action to bring people to the polls and help us imagine a world beyond the current electoral systems we live in?

Speaking with City Council candidate Whitney Hu and Abolitionist organizers Derecka Purnell, Sophia Gurulé, and Mon Mohapatra, Macon and Amy uncover answers in collaboration with a live online audience through different segments on the show – interviews, seances, awards shows, and more!