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Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex

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“As new and more virulent articulations of imprisonment, policing, and surveillance have grown over the past decade, one thing remains clear: the prison industrial complex must be abolished. Critical Resistance is a leading voice in the movement for abolition and the pieces in this collection are powerful tools for both long-time activists and those brand new to the moveme ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by AK Press
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Joy Messinger
[5 stars] A anthology of essays, and poetry reflecting on the first ten years of Critical Resistance and its work to abolish policing and the prison industrial complex (PIC). An excellent primer on abolition that integrates a gender lens into its analyses on race and class; a couple of writers touched on disability, and I wish there had been more. Despite being published 12 years ago, its demands remain urgent and timely, grounding readers in historical context and lessons learned. Some essays f ...more
Toby
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
A good anthology of writings from the prison abolition movement. The organization of the book does a good job tying the various pieces together, but some of the individual pieces drag or leave me wanting to know more about the campaigns in question.
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
Nearly a week after getting back from Critical Resistance 10, I was able to finish their latest book: Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex. There is definitely a plethora of topics covered in the book: the founding of CR, racism, immigration, intimacy/sexual violence, police as domestic military force, prickly alliances, indigenous peoples' struggle, and safety, among others, all connecting back to the Prison Industrial Complex. A quick and info ...more
Delaney
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Abolition Now! is a really important book in many ways. It offers essays from folks actually in prison writing about the abolition movement -- voices that are often missing in activist literature today. There are many grammar mistakes that can be distracting, but if we're being honest, grammar isn't the point anyways. The message is. And the message needs to be shared.
Allee
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
An inspiring sternum-punch of a book.
Athena
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection is uneven in terms of the styles and quality of writing. Still, I learned a lot from it.
Emily
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very impressive essays. Makes me feel like i'm taking a college course on the PIC
Samantha Pajor
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, race
A valuable book, but most of the essays are written with highly academic language, which can make this hard to understand.
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