We do this 'til we free us : abolitionist organizing and transforming justice /
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We do this 'til we free us : abolitionist organizing and transforming justice /

"What if social transformation and liberation isn't about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? In this timely collection of essays and interviews, Mariame Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and t...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Kaba, Mariame (Author)
Other Authors: Murakawa, Naomi (writer of foreword.), Nopper, Tamara K. (Editor)
Format: Book
Published: Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2021.
Series:Abolitionist papers series.

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Table of Contents:
  • So you're thinking about becoming an abolitionist : So you're thinking about becoming an abolitionist ; The system isn't broken ; Yes, we mean literally abolish the police ; A jailbreak of the imagination: seeing prisons for what they are and demanding transformation / with Kelly Hayes ; Hope is a discipline : interview / by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
  • There are no perfect victims : Free Marissa and all Black people ; Not a cardboard cutout: Cyntoia Brown and the framing of a victim / with Brit Schulte ; From "Me too" to "All of us": organizing to end sexual violence without prisons : interview / by Sarah Jaffe with Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan ; Black women punished for self-defense must be freed from their cages
  • The state can't give us transformative justice : Whether Darren Wilson is indicted or not, the entire system is guilty ; The sentencing of Larry Nassar was not "transformative justice." Here's why. / with Kelly Hayes ; We want more justice for Breonna Taylor than the system that killed her can deliver / with Andrea J. Ritchie
  • Making demands: reforms for and against abolition : Police "reforms" you should always oppose ; A people's history of prisons in the United States : interview / by Jeremy Scahill ; Arresting the carceral state / with Erica R. Meiners ; Itemizing atrocity / with Tamara K. Nopper ; "I live in a place where everybody watches you everywhere you go" ; Toward the horizon of abolition : interview / by John Duda
  • We must practice and experiment: abolitionist organizing and theory : Police torture, reparations, and lessons in struggle and justice from Chicago ; Free us all: participatory defense campaigns as abolitionist organizing ; Rekia Boyd and #FireDanteServin: an abolitionist campaign in Chicago ; A love letter to the #NoCopAcademy organizers from those of us on the freedom side
  • Accountability is not punishment: transforming how we deal with harm and violence : Transforming punishment: what is accountability without punishment? / with Rachel Herzine ; The practices we need: #MeToo and transformative justice : interview / by Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown ; Moving past punishment : interview / by Ayana Young ; Justice: a short story-- Show up and don't travel alone: we need each other : "Community matters. Collectivity matters." : interview / by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger ; Everything worthwhile is done with other people : interview / by Eve L. Ewing ; Resisting police violence against Black women and women of color ; Join the abolitionist movement : interview / by Rebel Steps ; "I must become a menace to my enemies": the living legacy of June Jordan.