The Abolition Collective resolutely calls for a cessation of US military and economic intervention into the local and regional affairs of Iran and the withdrawal of the US’ military presence in Iraq.
The prison system and the policing practices that undergird it shape cultures of families in very particular and devastating ways. Incarceration can trigger permanent loss of parental rights not to mention being compelled to bear children while bound in chains suitable only for the coffle and the barracoon. Incarceration for many introduces and for others […]
[image: a Haitian cultural performance on coping with trauma, by dancer Veronique Ignace] From Lionheart Gyals and Downtown Ladies to ‘Welfare Queens’ and ‘Pappa’s Maybes’, I am directly from the lineage of revolutionary WOMANcestors. Bursting from delicate wombs of black goddesses, we rise with grace from trenches of despair. Birthing compassionate intolerance amidst dynamic dehumanization, […]
Sex offender registries and community notification laws, like prisons, often mask origins or forms of violence. Yet the persistent response: What will be built to replace prisons? obscures the harm and ineffectiveness of our carceral regime. This question also demands from those who engage in critique a response or a “solution.” If not registries, then […]
Here are all of the Abolition Statements published to date, in one place (by order published, as of 13 October, 2015): Long Live John Africa!: Mumia Abu-Jamal on Abolition The only moral response to slavery is abolition: Jeannie Alexander on Abolition In this struggle, art is my crucible: Amanda Priebe on Abolition 7 Lessons in 1 Abolitionist […]
Growing up female in poor, rural, white, Appalachia Pennsylvania, I was taught to avoid politics. Going into my undergraduate education as a first-generation college student, I also had little exposure to philosophy and critical thought. My first real step towards abolition as a politics and an epistemology came during my third year at college in […]
Abolition has brought me to become involved in helping those who are unable to defend themselves against those who by choice oppress individuals for their own fulfillment. Slavery and mass incarceration are examples of such oppression which is done whether a person is guilty or not. In some cases, those who were convicted of a crime […]
Popular narratives portray society as made up of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ people. Figures of the citizen, the worker, and the graduate are contrasted with the deviant, the criminal, and the dropout. For the safety of ‘good’ people, we are supposed to put ‘bad’ people in separate places. When they are younger, those stigmatized as ‘bad kids’—as […]