Beyond the Bars 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Columbia University
New York, NY


Mark your calendars! The 9th annual Beyond the Bars Conference of the Center for Justice at Columbia University will focus on women and girls: the impact of incarceration and criminalization on women and girls, their families and communities. The many struggles for justice, equity, and safety led by women directly impacted by the criminal justice system will be at the heart of the conference as we create a space to design change. 

Beyond the Bars 2019 will continue developing the collaboration between universities and the many ongoing efforts to end mass incarceration.

Learn more and register here.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday Night 
Until She's Free: A Night of Culture
Doors at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7:00 pm. 
Location: MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

Featuring The Graduates, The Conquerors, Black Masking Indians, Women Beyond the Bars, a performance by Robert Wright and Ivan Calaff, and the launch of the Women Transcending Collective Leadership Institute. Hosted by Piper Anderson.

Friday Night
Building the Movement: Until She's Free
Doors at 6:45 pm. Event starts at 7:30 pm. 
Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Featuring conversations about the movement to end gender-based violence and the growing movement of women and girls to end mass incarceration with Andrea James, Beth Richie, Eve Ensler, Farah Tanis, Gina Clayton, Kiara Jean, Jessica Nowlan, Lala Zannell, and Mariame Kaba, and performances from Truthworker Theatre Company, Taina Asili and Quess. Hosted by Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin.

Until She's Free: Plenaries and Breakout Sessions
Registration and continental breakfast at 8:45 am. Panels start at 9:30 am. 
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam, New York, NY 10027

Morning Plenaries (9:30 -12:30pm)

  • Interrupting the Web of Criminalization and Incarceration of Women, Girls and Trans People: The Power of Feminist Organizing (9:30 - 11:00am)
  • A Growing Movement with Possibilities and Challenges: Examining Strategies (11:15 - 12:45pm)

Lunch (12:45 - 1:45pm)

Afternoon Plenary (1:45 - 3:15pm)

  • Sisters Across Borders: Transnational Solidarity and Global Movement Building

Breakout Block (3:30 - 5:00pm)

  • Decarceration of Women and Girls: Strategies to Get Them Out
  • #SayHerMagicMatters: An urgent call to end the criminalization of Black, Brown & Indigenous Girls and Non-binary youth
  • Organizing Toward Decriminalization at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • 113 Million: Organizing the Power of Families Impacted by Mass Incarceration
  • Undoing Patriarchy: Healing, Accountability and Transformation for Men
  • Faith Based Justice Reform for Women
  • A New Path to Justice: A Philanthropic Conversation on the Intersections of Gender Equity and Criminal Justice Reform
  • Women and Violence: Safety, Healing and Accountability
  • Building Bridges Across Borders: Criminalization and Incarceration Around the World

Youth Summit for Youth Activists

#SayHerMagicMatters is a one-day summit for youth activists to heal and organize against mass incarceration, with a focus on Black and Brown girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth. Calling all girls & non-binary youth ages 18 and under -- whether you have been directly impacted by the legal system and incarceration or stand as an ally -- to dive into a day packed with storytelling, education, and arts-based social justice action. Presented by S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective. Learn more about the summit or register here: www.tinyurl.com/SayHerMagicMatters2019

Arts Programming
1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

There will be special arts programming happening on Saturday afternoon in the art exhibit room (Rm 304) and you can sign up on Saturday morning for either or both workshops.

  • The Power of Vulnerability: Creative Writing for Self and System Change (from PEN America) 1:45 - 3:15pm
  • Textile Arts and Resistance- Arpilleras (from Museo del Barrio) 3:30 - 5pm

Saturday Evening
Film Screenings and Talkbacks
Films start at 5:30 pm
Location: Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam, New York, NY 10027 

  • 3000 Nights Screening and Talkback (a film about a Palestenian women's incarceration in an Israeli prison)
  • After Rikers: Justice by Design + Her Stories Screenings and Talkback

Building the Grassroots — Organizing Workshops
Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:30 am. Program starts at 10 am. 
Location: Columbia School of Social Work 

Opening: 10-10:45am
Session #1 : 11:00 - 12:30pm
Lunch 12:30 - 1:00pm
Session #2 : 1:30 - 3:00pm
Session #3 : 3:15 - 4:30pm