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The Journey Continues
The Journey Continues

Abolition for the People

Yes, an alternative is possible. Here’s a roadmap.

Today, more people are discussing and contemplating prison abolition than ever before. Decades of collective organizing…


The People’s Guide to Abolition
The People’s Guide to Abolition

Abolition for the People

A toolkit for the path forward

Week 1: Police and Policing

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (2017) by Andrea Ritchie

States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (2002) Edited by Joy James

Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas (2003) by Sally E. Hadden

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter


Dismantle, Change, Build
Dismantle, Change, Build

Abolition for the People

From state-level coalitions to sweeping federal mandates, imagining the future means spending money in the right places

By Dan Berger and David Stein

The far-reaching vision of abolition is enacted daily in political…


Revolution as Policy
Revolution as Policy

Abolition for the People

Voting out those who perpetuate harm is a key part of abolition

Imagine a society in which prisons, police, and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black…


Who Is Being Healed?
Who Is Being Healed?

Abolition for the People

I was 19 when I went to prison, but prison isn’t what healed me

The first and only time my name was mentioned in the New York Times was in…


Ending the War on Black Women
Ending the War on Black Women

Abolition for the People

Victory will not be achieved through prosecutions, but through transforming the conditions of violence

The outcry in response to Breonna Taylor’s murder by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department is indisputably…


Abolition for the People

Calls to defund prisons and policing is neither new nor hopelessly utopian

What if Trayvon Martin was offered a ride home instead?

— Dream Defenders, “Defund Police and…


Abolition for the People

When people came together in the 19th century to oppose the expanding slave system, they were considered an aberration — but the course they charted continues to this day

In 1981, Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death by a “hanging judge” for the killing of a white police officer in Philadelphia. In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case “was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards.” Mumia forms part of the generation of Black radicals on whom the state tested law-and- order…


The New Jim Code
The New Jim Code

Abolition for the People

Far from loosening incarceration’s grip, modern tools like predictive policing and tracking apps have instead deepened the carceral state’s influence over everyday life

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination…


Abolition for the People

The idea that we can resolve racism by integrating a fundamentally anti-Black institution in the U.S. is the most absurd notion of all

Amid recent growing calls for defunding police this summer, a set of billboards appeared in Dallas…

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