Abolitionist Public Health Student Network: Political Education Sessions


Abolitionist Public Health Student Network Political Education Fall 2022 Sessions featuring conversations with public health practitioners, advocates,  and movement leaders.

Session One: Abolition x Public Health

The second cohort of Human Impact Partners’ Abolitionist Public Health Student Network launched on September 28, 2022. The first session focuses on the intersections of abolition and public health, featuring speakers including:

  • Omid Bagheri Garakani, a clinical instructor at the University of Washington and one of the co-authors of the American Public Health Association policy statements on police violence and on carceral systems.
  • Michael Mauney II, an incarcerated organizer with the DeeperThanWater Coalition, the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign, and the African American Coalition Committee.
  • Dr. William Lopez, a Clinical Assistant Professor in Health Behavior & Health Education at University of Michigan and author of Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid.
  • Maria Thomas, an organizer in Michigan and the Beyond Do No Harm fellow with the abolitionist organization Interrupting Criminalization.


Session Two: Power Mapping and One-to-Ones

The second session of the Abolitionist Public Health Student Network Political Education series focuses on organizing skills around how to do power mapping and how to hold a one-to-one, led by Sari Bilick and Sophie Simon-Ortiz from Human Impact Partners.

Session Three: Decriminalization Efforts

Watch the third session of our Abolitionist Public Health Student Network, about various decriminalization efforts across the US regarding abortion, drugs, trans rights, and criminalization of young people in schools. Hear from our brilliant lineup of speakers:

  • Farah Diaz-Tello, Senior Counsel and Legal Director for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • Dr. Catherine Duarte, postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying school discipline
  • Zy’aire Nassirah, re-entry case manager at the Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
  • Dr. Jules Netherland, Managing Director of the Dept. of Research & Academic Engagement, Drug Policy Alliance

Session Four: On-Campus Organizing

Watch the fourth session of our Abolitionist Public Health Student Network, about abolitionist student organizing efforts across the US, to learn from our speakers about grad student unionization, getting cops off campus, creating non-carceral responses to campus sexual violence, and divesting university endowments from prisons:

  • Alejo Stark, graduate student-worker with the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
  • Sofie Karasek, former Director of Education and co-founder of the national group End Rape on Campus
  • Joel Sabando and Brit Shrader, organizers with the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign
  • Chloe Truong-Jones, organizer with the Cops Off Campus National Coalition

Session Five: Communicating About Abolition

Watch the fifth and final session of our Abolitionist Public Health Student Network, to hear from three powerful speakers on how to communicate about abolition to different audiences and about their own experiences with the prison industrial complex.
  • Wayland Coleman, incarcerated prisoner rights activist with the #DeeperThanWater Coalition
  • Makia Green, co-chair of the Defund MPD Coalition, co-founder of Harriet’s Wildest Dreams and former core organizer of Black Lives Matter D.C
  • Phoeun You, formerly incarcerated prison activist, restorative justice facilitator, and Cambodian refugee