what is prison / pic abolition?

Prison Industrial Complex Abolition is a political vision with the goal of eliminating imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and creating lasting alternatives to punishment and imprisonment. From where we are now, sometimes we can’t really imagine what abolition is going to look like. Abolition isn’t just about getting rid of buildings full of cages. It’s also about undoing the society we live in because the PIC both feeds on and maintains oppression and inequalities through punishment, violence, and controls millions of people. Because the PIC is not an isolated system, abolition is a broad strategy. 

An abolitionist vision means that we must build models today that can represent how we want to live in the future. It means developing practical strategies for taking small steps that move us toward making our dreams real and that lead us all to believe that things really could be different. It means living this vision in our daily lives. Abolition is both a practical organizing tool and a long-term goal.  -Critical Resistance Definition

recursos en espaÑol:

PDF: El poder heuristico del arte por Elizam Escobar
ZINE: Imaginando posibilidades ante los conflictos por Micellio Abolicionista
ARTÍCULO: Nos nombramos “micelio”: Aportación a Imaginar una isla segura de Micelio Abolicionista
PDF: Desde el Suelo: Herramientas para radicalizar nuestras prácticas educativas
Recursos introductorios: abolicionismo penal y justicia transformativa
Herramientas para la Niñez – Listado de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

“pic abolition is a vision of a restructured society in a world where we have everything we need: food, shelter, education, health, art, beauty, clean water, and more things that are foundational to our personal and community safety.”

– mariame kaba