Abolitionist RealPolitik on a Womanist Platter: Ode to the SHEroes – Jallicia Jolly

[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 …

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Notes against & beyond Our Carceral Regime: Erica Meiners on Abolition

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 …

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I claim abolition as method and politic – Jasmine Yarish on Abolition

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 …

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I am not searching for perfection: Maisha Jahzara on Abolition

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 …

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Prisons and universities are two sides of the same coin: Eli Meyerhoff on Abolition

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 …

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