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Queer Abolition,

2020 InQueery Symposium

Thursday, October 15
4:30-7pm (PT)

“Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the worlds you cannot live within”
–Ruha Benjamin

The 2020 InQueery Symposium featured concurrent student presentation panels (4:30-5:45 pm PT) & Keynote Speaker (6:00-7:00 pm, PT)

Andrea J. Ritchie

“Queer Dreams of Abolition Futures”

Andrea J. Ritchie is an author, researcher, advocate, and police misconduct attorney. A graduate of the Howard University School of Law, Ritchie has served as counsel in multiple groundbreaking legal cases, as well as provided key testimony to organizations such as the United Nations. She is a Black, lesbian immigrant who has spent 20 years using writing, research, and legal aid to advocate against the criminalization and policing of women and queer people of color. Ritchie has fought to end profiling, deportation, and mass incarceration as a member of groups including the Open Society Foundations, the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, the New York City Council Young Women’s Initiative, Amnesty International, and the Invisible Institute. Ritchie is currently a Researcher-in-Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the author of several volumes, most recently Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color.


Andrea J. Ritchie.

Book cover: Invisible no more.