Panel Discussion on Homelessness and Incarceration

Panel Discussion on Homelessness and Incarceration

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Geographer Ruth Wilson Gilmore stated: “The Production of housing insecurity and deprivation offers an instructive example of the operations of the varied forms of race-norming that coalesce in projects of state racism to produce group differentiated vulnerability to premature death.” In the United States a deep relationship between government and industry produces incredible wealth and power from societal abuses like mass incarceration (the prison industrial complex) and homelessness.


In the case of both mass incarceration and homelessness, the system is working just as it has been created to work: as a redesigning of a class system, and a production of governance that works nicely within the multiple industrial complexes at play, keeping people barely alive and in a state of precarity.


The Panel discussions will be split into two sessions:

  • (5:45- 6:45pm) The first will discuss the cycle of gentrification → displacement → homelessness → criminalization → incarceration. This will lead to a situational analysis of what is at play and a naming of our current situation that cycles People of Color through an already demeaning and debilitating system.

  • (7:00 – 8:00pm)The second will discuss the resistance that can be done to intervene in these systems. What can we, as organizers, students and regular people, do to stop these unjust practices and advocate for those who are not heard?


Questions that will be discussed include the following:

  • How can a necessary rethinking of mass incarceration, gentrification and chronic homelessness serve to change the current system?

  • What part does capitalism play in the the management of vulnerable populations?

  • Who is responsible for the well-being of citizens and their state of precarity?



  • Rob Robinson (Moderator)

  • Mr. Five Mualimm-ak

  • Dr. Mindy Fullilove

  • Amin Husain



  • Introduction - An introduction of each participant and brief explanation of housing inequality as a means for incarceration (5:30 to 5:45)

  • Panel 1 - Panelists will discuss their pieces of expertise in this cycle while contributing to a situational analysis of the current climate (5:45 to 6:45)

  • Break - (6:45 to 7:00)

  • Panel 2 - Panelists will discuss what we can do to intervene in these systems and how so many people’s everyday lives are affected (and torn apart) by unjust laws and policies (7:00 to 8:00)

  • Q&A - (8:00 to 8:30)