amplifying our everyday resistance to the prison industrial complex
Everyday Abolition | Abolition Everyday is about our collective power and creativity. The power we have to resist the prison industrial complex–and the possibilities that are revealed when we commit … Continue reading
In this short interview (5 minutes), Corrine describes how being an abolitionist informs her decision not to call police–including in a situation where she and her sister were attacked by their father.
“Everyday abolition looks like you work with what you have, you figure it out, you communicate, and you find solutions. And you don’t give up. Giving up would mean putting somebody into a cage. Or pushing people out of school. Or pushing people out of your family, community, center.”
“My focus is to tell their story, to bring a transspirit narrative to life, one often cast invisible by the PIC. Abolition, therefore, is not just about liberating us from a capitalistic distortion of justice. While opening us to full social justice, it can also liberate us all into our full collective potential.”
“Kids know nothing about punishment and the false notion of ‘crime’ until we instill it in them. So we are actually not teaching them anything they don’t already know, but rather interrupting what society is trying to teach them about crime and punishment.”
“(I)n some radical social justice circles there is an understanding that we can talk about different methods of accountability, but in the interpersonal immediate sense, reactions of revenge and punishment must be respected. In a way that is true but in other ways it ignores those moments of rupture”
CHRIP Working Group (Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People) Flat Out is a state wide support and advocacy service for criminalised and imprisoned women in Victoria, Australia. The … Continue reading
“My art is not only for the movement but also for my nephews and kids growing up. My art is a part of being an abolitionist and being a black disabled person living in a capitalist world.”
There are so many parts of capitalism and colonization to dis-connect from, and thousands to un-learn. If you are reading this article you have begun to try to think through some of them. In our family at POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE we have begun this lifelong un-learning, healing project with PEopleSkool, PNN & Homefulness. As indigenous, landless, poor peoples we are working to liberate mother earth from the real estate lie of property ownership. We are working to grow our own food and teach our children back their lost indigenous herstories and languages, re-define work as taking care of Mother Earth, our families and our communities and write and tell our own stories about our oppression and our self-determined liberation.