Been revisiting abolitionist resources so I can better engage others in conversation now that it is something being discussed more broadly. I think this is a good opportunity to move people towards this politic and push against the co-optation of the word abolition, which we have already started to witness.
I just listened to this episode of hella Black pod from earlier this year with Mariame Kaba explaining PIC Abolition
Hella Black Podcast: EP 64: Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex (Feat Mariame Kaba) https://soundcloud.com/hellablackpodcast/ep-64-abolishing-the-prison-industrial-complex-feat-mariame-kaba
MK is who I first learned about abolition from. I think around 2014.
If you would like to read a fairly short book, here's a PDF of Are Prisons Obsolete, by Angela Davis:
One of the first responses people often have when you bring up abolition is always "well what about [insert example of harm here]?" -- too often in a gotcha kinda way. In this episode of How to Survive the End of the World from 2018, Mariame Kaba shares her frameworks for thinking about, understanding, addressing, and transforming harm "no matter where it is".
"We can create the conditions so that these horrible, death-making institutions no longer need to exist."
MK's explanation here of resisting framing of "alternatives to police" is really important and her way of explaining needing to address and transform harm really shifted my own thinking when I first listened to this episode.
If you can't read Are Prisons Obsolete, by Angela Davis yet, you can listen to this episode of Beyond Prisons podcast where they talk thru the book and some of its key themes, including a history of prisons in the U.S., the evolution of "crime and punishment" and criminality in the social psyche, the "punishment economy", and placing abolition in its historical context.
Beyond Prisons: Are Prisons Obsolete? (YES!) https://beyondprison.libsyn.com/episode-3-are-prisons-obsolete-yes
Here is Pt. 1 of LeftPOC's discussion on Angela Davis' "Abolition Democracy". I recommend listening if you can't read the book or want to supplement your reading.
They dicuss some themes from the book, including globalisation, carcerality, links between PIC and MIC, imprisonment, what abolition means and "abolition democracy" (from dubois) -- what that means and how it applies, imperialism, distortion of id politics for conservative politics, etc.
If you are looking for something more recent, here's an interview Call Your Girlfriend did with Mariame Kaba this week, so very rooted in the current moment.
Includes discussion about the role of policing, abolition as a futures-making process, & why defund the police is but one strategy towards the goal of abolition.
"The importance of thinking of abolition as a restructured world, where everything has shifted. Where people have what they need."
All of these resources are based on a U.S. context and I'm, admittedly, less familiar about movements toward the abolition of policing in other contexts, but it's something I'm hoping to learn more about and will share resources that I find. Also, if you know of resources please share.
Another recent conversation. Chenjerai Kumanyika interviews Ruth Wilson Gilmore who contextualises the fight for abolition within the current moment with a thorough history of criminalisation and prisons in the U.S., how this is connected to the increase in the "disciplining of people to wage", how policing is central to the American project, how the fight for abolition is an expansive fight, and so so much more.
"where life is precious life is precious"
@marxxndotphoenix Thank you for this thread.
Aww, Ruthie was a mentor of mine. I miss her!!
Omg really?! That's amazing and I'm def jealous lol She's so brilliant.
@marxxndotphoenix "history doesn't repeat its self but it rhymes" is such a good quote from that Call Your Girlfriend episode. Listening to it now, anybody else reading this toot should too xox
@marxxndotphoenix You can also read Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis for free on the anarchist library if you don't want to use Google services
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