IFAA AND SURPLUS FORUM: A BrownBag Session with Ruth Wilson Gilmore

On Friday, 2 December 2022, Bertha House will be hosting a BrownBag session with Ruth Wilson Gilmore who will be speaking on Policing and Power in Cape Town.

She is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the Co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore is an author of the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press); and Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso). With Paul Gilroy, she edited Stuart Hall: Selected Writings on Race and Difference (Duke).

For this BrownBag we have invited Mpho Raboeane from Ndifuna Ukwazi and Axolile Notywala from the Movement For CARE. Mpho will be contextualizing the state of Policing in Cape Town and Axolile will speak to the discriminatory structure of the City of Cape Town’s budgets, followed by Ruth’s Keynote address on Policing and Power in Cape Town in relation to the work she’s done around prison abolition and black radical tradition.

We would like to extend the invitation for you to join us as we unpack some complex ideas and realities about the justice system and its impact on our society.

Join us at the Activist Cafe on:

Date: 2 December 2022

Time: 13:00 -15:00

Topic: Policing and Power in Cape Town

Place: Bertha House Activist Cafe

This BrownBag session is a collaboration between Bertha House, the University of Western Cape, Surplus Bookstore, Institute for African Alternatives, Ndifuna Ukwazi, and Movement For CARE.

For more information, please contact Nkosikhona Swaartbooi via email:


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