Conferences as a Vehicle for Abolitionist Organizing

In a December 2018 webinar hosted by Critical Resistance, several co-founding members reflected on their participation in and experience with organizing national PIC abolitionist conferences at the turn of the 21st century. Speakers in the webinar included Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Craig Gilmore, Dylan Rodríguez, Melissa Burch, and Rachel Herzing. The conversation was facilitated by CR … Continue reading Conferences as a Vehicle for Abolitionist Organizing

A Look Back at Critical Resistance South

The Abolitionist

By Kim Diehl

To understand the power and significance of Critical Resistance South Conference and Strategy Session, we begin with its ending – a funeral for the prison industrial complex in the form of a second line parade. Led by a traditional brass band on a warm Sunday afternoon in April 2003, thousands of conference attendees and residents of Tremé, the oldest Black neighborhood in the U.S. rejoiced, strutted, danced and swayed past Congo Square, the only space where enslaved Africans were allowed to congregate in the 18th and 19th centuries. The second line slowly marched through the heart of New Orleans declaring the end of mass incarceration, suppression and cages.

The second line funeral for the PIC told the
story of CR South: a gathering by and for southerners who organize through the
lens of liberation from enslavement. For it is only by living in the South…

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Conferences & Convergences of the 90s – 00s: a working archive

   1998 Jericho '98 March - Amnesty and Freedom for All Political Prisoners “With Jericho `98 we are pushing for the admission on the part of the United States' government that our political prisoners and prisoners of war do exist inside the prisons of the United States. We are pushing for recognition in the international … Continue reading Conferences & Convergences of the 90s – 00s: a working archive

Prison News Service – a Bulldozer Publication

Prison News Service – a Bulldozer Publication Back Issue Catalogue          Since the bloody close of the "civil rights era" and the U.S. government's domestic crackdown on oppressed people's uprisings and liberation movements, there has been a steadily growing and committed network of movements building popular opposition to the U.S. white supremacist carceral state. These … Continue reading Prison News Service – a Bulldozer Publication

Primary Sources: Freedom Archives

The lists below are archival sources that I will be studying over the next two years. Significant portions of the archival resources I am working with are housed at the San Francisco Freedom Archives, the Southern California Library, the DePaul library special collections, and my bookshelf. The majority of the project, however, will be based … Continue reading Primary Sources: Freedom Archives