These are the moments in which another world becomes possible: Lisa Guenther on Abolition

Abolition is both a negative process of dismantling oppressive structures and a positive process of imagining, creating, and sustaining the sort of relationships, practices, and institutions that would make oppressive structures obsolete. Abolition is not a telos, if by telos one means the end of a process that is eventually completed, once and for all. […]

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To build a world that is otherwise: Andrew Dilts on Abolition

Abolition is the collective practice of productive refusal. It is an immoderate rejection of white supremacy (and whiteness itself), patriarchy, hetero-normativity, ableism, settler-colonialism, border imperialism, political hierarchy, and the rule of capital. It is a politics of discomfort, constant reflection, continuous analysis, and what Alisa Bierria has eloquently named, a practice of “subversive proposition.” It is […]

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Abolition is a goal that I use to orient my thinking and action: Michael Hames-Garcia on Abolition

Abolition is a goal that I use to orient my thinking and action. When I am teaching or writing or demonstrating or speaking in public or private, I can ask myself whether I am contributing to the abolition of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, capitalist exploitation, policing, incarceration, and educational inequality. I try not to […]

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7 Lessons in 1 Abolitionist Notebook: Joy James on Abolition

“When you kill a living being, you kill yourself and everyone else as well.” —Thich Nhat Hahn I was introduced to prison abolitionism when asked to organize a 1998 prototype for Critical Resistance at CU-Boulder. Alongside several thousand attendees at the “Unfinished Liberation” conference, I learned about the prison industrial complex. Below are 7 lessons […]

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In this struggle, art is my crucible: Amanda Priebe on Abolition

Abolition is the undoing of walls in all their forms, a constant striving to challenge and overturn their commanding presence within ourselves and without, a fierce struggle to unlearn and to face the destructive and oppressive structures that stand uninvited in our daily lives. It is radical creativity, connection, intersection and community action in opposition […]

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