A Collection of Resources for the Budding Abolitionist

Collection of abolition resources

Since George Floyd’s killing last month, countless people all across America have become interested in defunding and abolition instead of reform. When Campaign Zero opportunists released their damaging 8 Can’t Wait platform for police reform, the 8 to Abolition team quickly delivered an abolitionist rebuttal that has been heavily embraced instead. And while it’s fantastic to see so many people increasingly adopting abolitionist language and perspectives, I’ve also observed contradicting reactions to police violence where individuals “support” abolition and then call for the arrests of killer cops.

In order to maintain the true definition and study of Prison Industrial Complex abolitionwhich Critical Resistance describes as “PIC abolition is a political vision with the goal of eliminating imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and creating lasting alternatives to punishment and imprisonment. From where we are now, sometimes we can’t really imagine what abolition is going to look like. Abolition isn’t just about getting rid of buildings full of cages. It’s also about undoing the society we live in because the PIC both feeds on and maintains oppression and inequalities through punishment, violence, and controls millions of people. Because the PIC is not an isolated system, abolition is a broad strategy. An abolitionist vision means that we must build models today that can represent how we want to live in the future. It means developing practical strategies for taking small steps that move us toward making our dreams real and that lead us all to believe that things really could be different. It means living this vision in our daily lives. Abolition is both a practical organizing tool and a long-term goal”—for those who are newly interested in the belief, I wanted to create a collection of resources such as abolitionists to follow, websites, books, podcasts, and articles they can use in development of abolitionist praxis. This collection is by no means fully comprehensive, but it’s a small place to turn to if you decide that abolition is your end goal in fighting for true justice.

People to follow:

  • Ruthie Wilson Gilmore
  • Angela Y. Davis
  • bell hooks
  • Mariame Kaba @prisonculture
  • Derecka Purnell @dereckapurnell
  • K Agbebiyi @sheabutterfemme
  • Nnennaya Amuchie @TheAfroLegalise
  • Mon Mohapatra @cemicool
  • Micah Herskind @micahherskind
  • Leila Raven @theleilaraven
  • Reina Sultan @SultanReina
  • Rachel Kuo @rachelkuo
  • Eli Dru @BlackTransFutures
  • Sarah T. Hamid @hamidtasnuva
  • Jamie @jtbrg
  • Elisabeth Epps @elisabeth