Abolition for the People The Movement for a Future without Policing and Prisons

Colin Kaepernick (Editor); Mariame Kaba (Contributor); Angela Y. Davis (Contributor); Derecka Purnell (Contributor); Dean Spade (Contributor)


Publisher: Haymarket / Kaepernick Publishing
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 304
Released: August 29, 2023
ISBN-13: 9781642599633

<i>Abolition for the People</i>  brings together thirty essays representing a diversity of voices―political prisoners, grassroots organizers, scholars, and relatives of those killed by the anti-Black terrorism of policing and prisons. This collection presents readers with a moral choice: “Will you continue to be actively complicit in the perpetuation of these systems,” Kaepernick asks in his introduction, “or will you take action to dismantle them for the benefit of a just future?”

Powered by courageous hope and imagination, <i>Abolition for the People</i>  provides a blueprint and vision for creating an abolitionist future where communities can be safe, valued, and truly free. “Another world is possible,” Kaepernick writes, “a world grounded in love, justice, and accountability, a world grounded in safety and good health, a world grounded in meeting the needs of the people.”

The complexity of abolitionist concepts and the enormity of the task at hand can be overwhelming. To help readers on their journey toward a greater understanding, each essay in the collection is followed by a reader’s guide that offers further provocations on the subject.

<i>Abolition for the People</i>  begins by uncovering the lethal anti-Black histories of policing and incarceration in the United States. Juxtaposing today’s moment with nineteenth-century movements for the abolition of slavery, freedom fighter Angela Y. Davis writes “Just as we hear calls today for a more humane policing, people then called for a more humane slavery.” Drawing on decades of scholarship and personal experience, each author deftly refutes the notion that police and prisons can be made fairer and more humane through piecemeal reformation. As Derecka Purnell argues, “reforms do not make the criminal legal system more just, but obscure its violence more efficiently.”

Blending rigorous analysis with first-person narratives, <i> Abolition for the People</i>  definitively makes the case that the only political future worth building is one without and beyond police and prisons.

You won’t find all the answers here, but you will find the right questions—questions that open up radical possibilities for a future where all communities can thrive.

<i>Abolition for the People</i> includes contributions from Mumia Abu-Jamal; Bree Newsome Bass; Ruha Benjamin; Simone Browne; Dan Berger; Kimberlé Crenshaw; Angela Davis; Kenyon Farrow; Morning Star Gali; Cynthia Garcia; Derrick Hamilton; Mariame Kaba; Colin Kaepernick; Robin D. G. Kelley; James Kilgore; Evan Lamberg; Kiese Laymon; Talila A. Lewis; Ameer Loggins; Rukia Lumumba; Erica Meiners; Christina; Jiménez Moreta; Naomi Murakawa; Mark Anthony Neal; Tamara Nopper; Marlon Peterson; Christopher Petrella; Derecka Purnell; Dylan Rodríguez; Andrea Ritchie; kihana miraya ross; Stuart Schrader; Russell Shoatz III; Russell “Maroon” Shoatz; Dean Spade; David Stein; Gwen Woods; and Connie Wun.

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