Open Letter of Response to the Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU, Fresno

On April 26th Fresno State abruptly closed the Edward Said search in Middle East Studies (MES). The Administration claimed procedural violations in the search. This claim was made after the search committee had completed all aspects of the search and submitted a rank ordered list of four candidates, all of Palestinian or Arab American ethnicities. The cancellation of the search generated an overwhelming response by academics at the national and international levels. Numerous letters of objection from scholars in Middle East Studies and petitions with over 2500 signatures called into question the action of the administration, asking the university president, Joseph Castro, to reopen and complete the search.

Vida Samiian, one of the authors, who served as Director of the MES program, resigned in objection to this discriminatory closure. In her public letter of resignation, she documented a campaign of pressure on search committee members by Zionist and Israeli state supporters.

Prison Abolition Gift/Donation Ideas for the Holidays!

We’ve compiled the following list of radical abolitionist gift/donation ideas for the holidays. If you don’t already know about it, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar makes a great gift for the abolitionist in your life, with proceeds going to The New York State Task Force …

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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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Dismantling the architectures of global apartheid: Konstantin Kilibarda on Abolition

In North America—where I live as a settler and guest in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee lands—abolition means confronting settler-colonial realities, the prison-industrial complex, legacies of slavery, exclusionary migration regimes, and the violent bordering, confining, and ghettoizing practices that are part of this landscape. Coming from …

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The production of freedom and liberation from within collective rebellion, insurgency, and community: Dylan Rodríguez on Abolition

Let us not sever abolition from the people who inhabit and constantly remake it, over the course of an apocalypse that remains uncontained. Abolitionists are the people who imagine, practice, wage, and thrill in the radical and irrevocable destruction of things for sake of …

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Fighting for freedom in ways we may have never imagined: Stefanie Gude on Abolition

Handcuffed in her own home by “border security” cops, the single mother of a baby girl who had five minutes to choose whether to bring her “citizen” child with her to jail or have her separated from her mama for the first time since …

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Abolition is a praxis that never compromises the integrity of Black liberation: Damien Sojoyner on Abolition

Freedom.  A freedom informed by the social vision of the Black radical imagination. Framed by the tenets of love, compassion and communal fellowship, the social vision of the Black radical imagination represents a path to undo multifaceted relationships to power and forge new connections. Such …

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