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Abolition Means No War: The New Generation of Anti-Imperialists

While the United States sends drones and drops bombs in the Middle East and Africa, militarized police at home are killing Black people and filling detention centers on the Mexico border. These are two sides of the same imperialist coin. Sprawling military bases around the world support the everyday brutal violence of empire and US-backed military coups tear apart homes and force migration. Their wars haunt our families and bring violence into our homes and neighborhoods. It is time we abolish their wars.

Dissenters is leading a new generation of young people to reclaim our resources from the war industry, reinvest in life-giving services, and repair collaborative relationships with the earth and people around the world.

Join Dissenters and Rampant Magazine for a discussion about rebuilding a movement against imperialism and creating a new global future built from mutual care, real safety, and liberation.



Hoda Katebi is an Iranian-American writer, abolitionist organizer, and creative educator based between Chicago and the Bay. Her work has been hailed from the BBC to the New York Times to the pages of VOGUE and featured and cited in books, journals, and museums around the world. Hoda is the host of #BecauseWeveRead, a radical digital book club and discussion series mobilizing local communities with 25+ chapters globally; founding member of Blue Tin Production, an apparel manufacturing workers co-operative run by working class women of color setting new international standards in labor and sustainability within fashion supply chains; a national lead with Believers Bail Out, a bail fund using Zakat to bail Muslims from pretrial & immigration incarceration; and organizing strategist for anti-war movements with the No War Campaign. She is the author of the book Tehran Streetstyle (2016), contributor to the book I Refuse to Condemn: Resisting Racism in Times of National Security (Manchester Press 2020), and her writing has appeared in publications including Newsweek, Washington Post, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She frequently gives talks and trainings on stages around the world. Hoda’s work focuses on de-siloing interconnected systems and building transnational solidarity movements, for which she has been listed 40 under 40 by the National Iranian American Council, Leaders for a New Chicago by Field Foundation, the Pioneer Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, and listed as Crain’s Chicago Business 20 in their 20s. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Chicago where her research explored the intersections of fashion, gender, and the state in Iran,and is currently at Berkeley Law. Hoda runs on saffron ice cream & colonizer tears.

Destiny Harris is a Black, queer abolitionist and organizer from the west side of Chicago. She is a student at Howard University. Her work is at the intersection of abolition, anti-war, anti-militarism and environmental liberation. Destiny believes in the power of storytelling, poetry and culture as means of mobilization that should always be driving our movements. She has organized throughout Chicago on campaigns like #DefundCPD, #CopsOutCPS and the #NoCopAcademy campaign which aimed to combat the narrative that our communities need police.

brian bean is a Chicago-based socialist activist, writer, and speaker originally from North Carolina. He is one of the founding editors of Rampant Magazine. His work has been published in JacobinRed FlagInternational ViewpointBel Ahmar بالأحمر) ) and other publications. He is co-editor of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction (Haymarket Books) and recently co-authored the article, "Rebuilding the Anti-Imperialist Movement in a New Era."


This event is co-sponsored by DissentersRampant Magazine, and Haymarket Books.