Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex
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Today, over seven million people live under the control of U.S. jail, prison, probation, or parole systems—the vast majority of them people of color and young people. Between 2000 and 2007, Congress added 454 new offenses to the Federal criminal code. Policing at all levels is increasingly militarized and demands more and more resources. The crisis shows no signs of slowing.
For a decade, Critical Resistance has organized to abolish the reliance on imprisonment, policing, and surveillance, seeing the prison industrial complex not as a broken system to be “fixed,” but a well-oiled machine that must be eliminated entirely.
Published in honour of Critical Resistance’s tenth anniversary, Abolition Now! reflects the themes Dismantle, Change, and Build. It presents bold strategies to create a stronger movement of people committed to PIC abolition and build healthy communities free from surveillance, policing, and imprisonment.
Contributors Include: Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, David Gilbert, Martha Escobar, Liz Samuels and David Stein, Dylan Rodríguez, and Eddy Zheng
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