“Rethinking the American Prison Movement” – Three Chapters by Berger and Losier

1968 - 1972 Revolution: The Prison Rebellion Years   https://osab995883282.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/the-prison-rebellion-years-68-72.pdf   1972 - 1980 Unions, Feminism, and the Crisis of Prison Managerialism   https://osab995883282.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/unions-feminism-and-prison-manegerialism-72-80.pdf     1980 - 1998 Retrenchment: Mass Incarceration and the Remaking of the Prison Movement   https://osab995883282.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/mass-imprisonment-and-the-remaking-of-the-prison-movement-80-98.pdf

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

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

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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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