“to weave together the many and increasing strands of resistance to the prison industrial complex”

In the 1998 essay "Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex", Angela Davis writes:   The emergence of a U.S. prison industrial complex within a context of cascading conservatism marks a new historical moment, whose dangers are unprecedented. But so are its opportunities. Considering the impressive number of grassroots projects that continue to resist … Continue reading “to weave together the many and increasing strands of resistance to the prison industrial complex”

Two PIC Abolition History Lessons with Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore

"On Saturday, September 14, 2019, over 400 community members joined Critical Resistance to pack the house at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee for an evening of political conversation, food, music, and celebration. The event featured a keynote by Ruthie Wilson Gilmore. This was an extra special evening hosted by Critical Resistance, California Coalition for … Continue reading Two PIC Abolition History Lessons with Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Anarchist Black Cross, Information and Resource Guide (from 2002)

Excerpt: In the 1970’s, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin wrote a series of pamphlets from prison that included A Draft Proposal for on Anarchist Block Cross Network and Anarchism and the Black Revolution. In the 1980’s, the ABC expanded with collectives working in many regions around the world. In 1989 an Emergency Response Network (ERN) was set … Continue reading Anarchist Black Cross, Information and Resource Guide (from 2002)

Black Alert – bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross – Anti-Repression Network (2003)

The August 2003 third issue of Black Alert was billed as the publication of the Anarchist Black Cross-Anti-Repression Network (ABC-ARN).  It included a proposal for a formal multi-tendency / non-sectarian ARN, within which the ABC would continue to produce Black Alert as an ARN publication. By this stage, the ABC was a “member collective” of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (later … Continue reading Black Alert – bulletin of the Anarchist Black Cross – Anti-Repression Network (2003)

The Internationalist Origins of the Anarchist Black Cross, and a Brief History of the ABC Federation

While there are rightful criticisms of the ABC formations as they are socially (and racially) formed in  North America, particularly in the United States, there is no mistaking the historic influence and political impact that this particularly effective model of "inside/outside" prison abolitionist organization, PP/POW solidarity activism, popular anti-oppression pedagogy, and aspirationally horizontal networks of mutual aid … Continue reading The Internationalist Origins of the Anarchist Black Cross, and a Brief History of the ABC Federation

Working Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY   Abu-Jamal, Mumia. Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisons v. the U.S. San Francisco: City Lights, 2009. —. Live from Death Row. New York: Harper Perennial, 1996. Acoli, Sundiata. An Updated History of the New Afrikan Prison Struggle. Jacksonville: Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign & Anarchist Black Cross Federation (1998). —. Bits N Pieces, The Sundiata … Continue reading Working Bibliography

Overall Project Outline

It's One Struggle At Base Historical Practices of Abolitionist Revolutionary Community Organizing at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century  Introducing the Project draft submitted September 2019, revised August 2, 2020 [Black August meditation] Well, we’re all familiar with the function of the prison as an institution serving the needs of the totalitarian state. We’ve got … Continue reading Overall Project Outline