Political imagination at work: Jaime Amparo Alves on Abolition

I see Abolition as both a social praxis and a utopian project. As a social praxis, it asks us the insurgent question of how to respond to state terror against black communities without making concession to the language of peace and rights that requires …

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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 …

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We who believe in freedom, cannot rest: Ahmad Greene-Hayes on Abolition

Frederick Douglass, the great black prophet, abolitionist, and freedom fighter proclaimed in 1857, nine years before the end of U.S. chattel slavery in 1865, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” His words, like those of so many others, set the stage …

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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, …

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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, …

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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. …

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