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Abolition is essential to the movement for liberation.

Abolition is essential to the movement for liberation. Because the PIC segregates and isolates individuals, communities, and issue areas, we know that our efforts can only be successful if we build stronger, deeper, and wider alliances as we go. So far this year, we have made over 70 presentations a…

Correspondence and connection with people inside is essential

Correspondence and connection with people inside is essential Through the pandemic, CR steadfastly continues to build connections across cages and walls. Since Covid-19 and Shelter-in-Place, we are rerouting all the collect calls to our office that we receive from people inside through a robust and…

Bay Area: Join us July 30 for #FreedomFriday in North Oakland

Join us to Close CA Prisons at Freedom Friday on July 30th from 3-7pm! Prison closure is on our horizon. After CA’s horrifying wave of prison construction was halted by the historic Delano II campaign, abolitionist organizers have fought hard for years to free us from the prison industrial complex…

Critical Resistance is Hiring – Two Development Positions!

Critical Resistance is excited to have two new staff positions opening, as we’re looking to bring in a full time Operations Coordinator and a part time Development Assistant to our team to support our organizational infrastructure and development. We highly encourage formerly imprisoned people to…

Fund Care Not Cages!

Your gifts will help essential organizing against imprisonment. Following successful 2019 and 2020 victories with coalitions against local jail expansion, CR Oakland and Los Angeles chapters have eagerly joined our statewide movement partners to close prisons in California! Our allies in Californian…

Fund Community, Not Cops!

Your support is crucial in fights to fund our communities, not cops! With the call to Defund Police ringing in the air following 2020’s uprisings, we are advancing this renewed common sense in local campaigns that demand prioritization of people, not policing. In Oakland, CA, where over 50% of the…

2 New Resources for Abolition on College & University Campuses!

Several years ago, shifting conversations about the prison industrial complex (PIC) at our work sites propelled a group of Critical Resistance affiliated post secondary educators to come together. We are excited to release our new Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning Abolition, for people intere…

On the Road to Freedom: An Abolitionist Assessment of Pretrial and Bail Reforms

We at Critical Resistance are excited to present our newest release – On the Road to Freedom –  a toolkit created in partnership with Community Justice Exchange. This toolkit provides an abolitionist orientation for approaches to pretrial reform. The primary purpose of this tool is to provide…

Issue 35 on Defunding Policing heading to print! Subscribe today to receive an issue in July / August

Dear Readers of The Abolitionist and Critical Resistance supporters: What a year 2021 has already been and we are only halfway through. We are thrilled to announce that Issue 35 of The Abolitionist, our second issue of 2021, is on its way to the printing press and will be mailed out to over 4,500 su…

World Premiere: Re-Visions of Abolition Screening & Defund Celebration for Austin

After years of grassroots organizing, organizers in Austin, Texas have won a significant victory defund over $120 million from policing, one of the largest percentage cuts to local policing across the US. As part of celebrating this victory, Austin organizations including Communities of Color United…

Summer 2021 Fundraiser: Abolition is Essential

Summer 2021 Fundraiser: Abolition is Essential This year, Critical Resistance (CR) is advancing our organizing plans and deepening our connections to the inspiring, re-invigorated movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, economic austerity, and a polariz…

Legacies of Resistance: Juneteenth & PIC Abolition

This week, June 19, marks Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of formalized slavery in the US.  The date coincides with the last wave of notification of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, reaching enslaved people in Texas more than two years after the document was initially signed…

Linda Thurston, Presente!

Dear friends of Critical Resistance, We write today to mourn the loss and celebrate the legacy of our Community Advisor Linda Thurston, who organized on the steering committee of the Critical Resistance (CR) East Northeast Regional Conference (2001). Linda passed away on the weekend of May 22, 2021…

Free Palestine: Statement of Solidarity, 2021

Critical Resistance stands in solidarity with Palestine and is deeply opposed to Israel’s continued colonization, occupation, and use of imprisonment and administrative detention against the Palestinian people. As an organization dedicated to the abolition of the prison industrial complex, our wor…

Hot off the Press: The Abolitionist Issue 34, Winter 2021!

Help us send it free to thousands of imprisoned people across the country: Sign up an imprisoned loved one, subscribe yourself today or contact us for an organizational subscription! As our first issue of 2021, Issue 34 invites readers to dive deep into the past and present interrelations betwee…

Issue 33 of The Abolitionist– Out Now!

We are pleased to announce that our latest Issue of The Abolitionist (#33) is finally being mailed out to our readers right now!Help us send it free to thousands of imprisoned people across the country: Sign up an imprisoned loved one, subscribe yourself today or contact us for an organiza…

The Zachary Project: 2020-2021 Newsletter

In 2020, the Zachary Project helped Critical Resistance Oakland face the needs of our community with creative, generous readiness. This mutual aid fund helped people avert crisis – de-escalating near disasters in disastrous times. THANK YOU for building this resource with us. The Zachary Project i…

Abolitionist Steps to End Imprisonment – New Organizing Resource

Critical Resistance is pleased to offer a brand new anti-imprisonment tool, a “Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps to end imprisonment” poster! Wondering about the differences between reforms that strengthen imprisonment and abolitionist steps that reduce its overall impact? This poster wil…

Hot off the Press: Issue 32 of The Abolitionist Out Now!

“Decolonization and Abolition”— Issue #32 of The Abolitionist is here!We are pleased to announce that Issue 32 of The Abolitionist is finally being mailed out to our readers right now!Help us send it free to over 7,000 imprisoned people across the country: Subscribe today or contact us f…

Check out our *new* Organizers’ Toolkit to Abolish Policing!

Critical Resistance is excited to share with you our new organizers’ toolkit—Our Communities, Our Solutions: An Organizer’s Toolkit to Developing Campaigns to Abolish Policing—now available for download.  Our struggle for prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition by chipping away at the pow…

Join Us Thursday, Oct 15 for STRAIGHT OUT OF CONFINEMENT, an Abolition NOW Network WEBINAR!

Join us and the AbolitionNOW Network for another webinar, this time on #DefundThePolice, #FreeThemALL and the Fight for Abolition!As the election fast approaches and the fight to defund the police continues, it is important to anchor our work within the fight to abolish the PIC as a whole. Our loved…

California: Vote NO on Props 20 & 25!

CA Propositions 25 Will Strengthen the Prison Industrial Complex and Harm Our Communities This November, Californians will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 25, a piece of legislation concerning bail reform. This proposition comes from SB10 in 2018, a piece of legislation that attempted to…

Abolition & the university: teach-in series

Organized by the Abolitionist Educators Network of Critical Resistance and UC Riverside Cops off Campus!  Anti-Blackness, the University and PolicingOctober 1, 2020  1-2:30pm (PST) | 3-4:30pm (CST)  | 4-6:00pm (EST) Moderator: Dylan Rodriguez  (UC Riverside)  Lester Spence (Johns Hopkins Un…

Save the Date! Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition

A Benefit for Critical ResistanceHOST COMMITTEEAmy Kisch * Angela Hennessy * Black Joy Parade * Bryant Terry * Calvin Williams * Cara Levine * Dana King * Deanna Van Buren * Elena Gross * Emory Douglas * Erin Christovale * Favianna Rodriguez * For Freedoms*  Fred Moten * Indya Moore * Janet Mock…

Resist Policing! Summer 2020 Newsletter

Cooking Up Rebellion: Resist Policing Summer 2020 Newsletter – Critical Resistance Resist Policing Summer 2020 Newsletter: Cooking Up Rebellion Near the end of May 2020, uprisings set off around the world uplifting a range of calls to remedy state violence and racial capitalism. At this juncture…





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