This FAQ zine is meant to be a starting point. It’s short, and shares the basics of what we’re talking about when we talk about abolition. It’s been a very useful tool for sparking conversations with people who haven’t considered these ideas before.
For further information, more detailed dives into specific data and policy proposals, and more, check out MDP150’s Resources page.
The text below is also available in different formats, so that people can print/share:
- 8-page zine – directions for how to cut/fold here
- Page by page
- Just the text on one sheet of paper, front/back
- Instagram post
The goal of this initiative is to shift the discussion of police violence in Minneapolis from one of the procedural reforms to one of meaningful structural change. We will achieve this by presenting a practical pathway for the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department; the transference of its social service functions to community-based agencies and organizations; the replacement of its emergency intervention functions with models not based on military methods; and the redirection of resources to support community resilience and people-directed development.
As a long time documentarian Melinda Frame collects people’s accounts of their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak to serve as a historical record of our times. Melinda focused this series on Albuquerque’s artist community. Melinda talked with many artists not only about how the pandemic is impacting their lives and art practice, but also explore with them how it may influence their artistic process as the pandemic continues to evolve. This series was created in partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s DIY Media COVID19 Creative Economy relief program.
Former Sanitary Tortilla Factory Artist in Residence Christine Wong Yap created portraits of real New York City medical workers as messages of gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank You for Your Commitment will be displayed on electronic billboards in Times Square from May 15 to early June: 1551 Broadway at 46th Street (map), 1585 Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets (map), and 20 Times Square at 47th Street and Seventh Ave (map). Artworks may also appear on an electronic billboard above Lincoln Tunnel, and on 1,800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five NYC boroughs.
Learn more about Christine’s beautiful and moving gesture of gratitude to New York City below.
Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Thank You for Your Sacrifice, Thank You for Your Courage, Thank You for Your Commitment, 2020, commissioned by Times Square Arts with For Freedoms, Poster House, and PRINT Magazine, images courtesy the artist. Photos by by Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.
Opening: May 8th, 2020
Join us virtually as we celebrate Working Classrooms students’ artwork from their 2020 Spring season! The event will showcase student work ranging from mosaic, painting, and projection mapping! Come spend the evening with us from the comfort of your own home while practicing social distance. Student art will be for sale so please join us in support as young student-artists look to alleviate financial stresses in such trying times.
We proudly present a limited online stream of “Waiting Room Poem” by hazel batrezchavez. The stream will only be available May 04- May 18, 2020.