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 separate places. When they are younger, those stigmatized as ‘bad kids’—as […]

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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 the Balkans, abolition also means challenging internalized nationalism, as well as […]

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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 something/anything else, whether it’s the end of things as we know […]

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Abolition is a call to throw ourselves full force into the struggle: Dan Berger on Abolition

Abolition and the Evolving Pursuit of Freedom Abolition reminds us to pursue freedom. It names the systems that thrive on a lack of freedom—white supremacy and settler-colonialism, patriarchy and heteronormativity, capitalism and debt. It critiques the violent forces that structure unfreedom—police and prisons, borders and the death penalty. And it pushes us to think and […]

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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 a social vision is centered in the practical and political understanding […]

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These are the moments in which another world becomes possible: Lisa Guenther on Abolition

Abolition is both a negative process of dismantling oppressive structures and a positive process of imagining, creating, and sustaining the sort of relationships, practices, and institutions that would make oppressive structures obsolete. Abolition is not a telos, if by telos one means the end of a process that is eventually completed, once and for all. […]

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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 Bierria has eloquently named, a practice of “subversive proposition.” It is […]

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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, capitalist exploitation, policing, incarceration, and educational inequality. I try not to […]

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