Abolition

A Journal & Community of Radical Theory & Practice​

"Abolition requires that we change one thing, which is everything. When one says prison abolition, one cannot be talking about only prison... It's building the future from the present in all the ways we can."

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Abolition

A Journal & Community of Radical Theory & Practice​

We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death.

Article 16 of the Ft. Laramie Treaty signed in 1868 by your government and our respected ancestors dictates the following: ‘stipulates and agrees that no white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the same; or without the consent of the Indians first... to pass through the same’…

We invite you to join us in protecting the lives of our people and those that live on this reservation.

Chairman Harold Frazier

Statement on SD Governor Kristi Noem's opposition to Health Checkpoints on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation.

A Journal and Community of Radical Theory & Practice

We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death.

Article 16 of the Ft. Laramie Treaty signed in 1868 by your government and our respected ancestors dictates the following: ‘stipulates and agrees that no white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the same; or without the consent of the Indians first… to pass through the same’…

We invite you to join us in protecting the lives of our people and those that live on this reservation.

Chairman Harold Frazier

Statement on SD Governor Kristi Noem’s opposition to Health Checkpoints on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation.

Black Internationalist Unions

Ida B. Wells-Barnett with her children Charles, Herman, Ida, and Alfreda, 1909 (public domain)
Ida B. Wells-Barnett with her children Charles, Herman, Ida, and Alfreda, 1909 (public domain)

This is a call to support black internationalist unions (BIUs) as a form of “abolitionism” that fights anti-black regimes. BIUs have existed for centuries in opposition to the exploitation and captivity— genocide—of African and African diasporic people. Anti-lynching crusader and investigative reporter Ida Wells (1862-1931), who advocated various forms of black communal self-defense, embodies the legacy of BIUs.

Political Resistance

Africa / Diaspora

Antiblackness / Genocide

Vulnerabilities

Issue One: Abolishing Carceral Society

Our inaugual issue, published in 2019

Abolition Journal

A project for research, publishing, and study that encourage us to make the impossible possible, to seek transformation well beyond policy changes and toward revolutionary abolitionism

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A wonderful mix of provocative ideas married with art, to help us consider a world without prisons, policing, and surveillance... pushes us to ask a number of questions that are important to moving us toward an abolitionist horizon.
Mariame Kaba
founder of Project NIA, and cofounder of Chicago Freedom School
A crucial contribution... fighting against prisons and the death penalty as instruments of class rule, the journal amplifies the voices of the incarcerated, actively engages with organizers on the ground, and builds bridges across multiple movements.
Silvia Federici
author of Caliban and the Witch and Revolution at Point Zero
Continues the radical, democratic tradition started by abolitionists to speak truth to power... it is a matter of the greatest urgency to create and sustain a counter-public sphere and an alternative print culture to sustain and expand American democracy.
Manisha Sinha
author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut

Recent writing series

Learning from Mauna Kea

Abolition and Native Liberation

Abolition and the 2016 Elections