Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing and Prisons

Colin Kaepernick (Editor)


IN STOCK$19.95

Initially published in partnership with Medium as a digital collection in October 2020, Abolition for the People – the book – includes a number of new and expanded essays, a reader’s guide, a new introduction, powerful in-text data visualizations, and cover art designed by the legendary Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party.

Edited by activist and Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Abolition for the People is a manifesto calling for a world beyond policing and prisons. The collection includes over 30 essays representing a broad array of voices and experiences, including political prisoners, grassroots and formerly incarcerated community organizers, scholars, and family members of those killed by the anti-Black terrorism of policing and prisons.

Blending rigorous analysis with first-person narratives, Abolition for the People definitively makes the case that the only political future worth building is one without and beyond policing and prisons.

Colin Kaepernick, founder of Kaepernick Publishing and editor of the collection, stated, “We’re honored to build on decades of organizing and writing against policing and prisons and hope that this book will serve as an introduction to abolitionist concepts, histories, and practices. Readers won’t find all the answers here, but we believe they will find useful and provocative questions – questions that can open up radical possibilities for a future where our communities can thrive.”

Contributors include Angela Y. Davis, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Mariame Kaba, Robin D.G. Kelley, Bree Newsome Bass, Kiese Laymon, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Gwendolyn Woods (mother of the late Mario Woods), Derecka Purnell, Dean Spade, Dylan Rodriguez, Ruha Benjamin, and many more.

Abolition for the People is being produced in partnership with Melcher Media, with distribution by Two Rivers Distribution, an Ingram Brand.

ISBN 9781642599633
List price $19.95
Publisher Haymarket Books
Year of publication 2023
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